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Minerva Pneumologica 2001 March;40(1):53-6

Copyright © 2001 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

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Hemoptysis as a long-term follow-up manifestation of Blalock-Taussig operation

Vagliasindi A., Carbognani P., Pascarella L., Del Donno M., Cuomo A., Rusca M.


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The Blalock-Taussig operation consisting of a pulmonary-systemic shunt is the first approach in the treatment of the tetralogy of Fallot and other cyanotic, heart malformations. A long-term persistence of Blalock-Taussig shunt can cause pulmonary hypertension and related symptoms that may negatively influence life expectancy. A 44-year-old man, who 40 years ago underwent a left subclavian-pulmonary shunt for Tetralogy of Fallot, was referred to our Institution for hemoptysis and productive cough. The patient was discharged with the diagnosis of ''Haemorrhagic alveolitis in patient with left subclavian-pulmonary shunt for Tetralogy of Fallot''.

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