This report describes a newborn with transposition of the great arteries who underwent a Blalock-Taussig shunt with transient improvement in oxygenation, but required emergent insertion of a central shunt later the same day due to progressive hypoxia and cardiac arrest. Two hours after central shunt insertion, sudden episodes of hypoxia and hypotension developed that were resistant to all pharmocologic therapy. Inhaled nitric oxide (25 ppm) was then administered with dramatic improvement in oxygenation and hemodynamics within minutes. The patient's condition stabilized after these measures, and nitric oxide therapy was discontinued after 2 days.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine