Waterston shunt

A Waterston shunt is a form of palliative surgery performed in patients with tetralogy of Fallot prior to the ability to repair the defect. It consists of a shunt formed between the ascending aorta and the right pulmonary artery.

This does not relieve the right ventricular outflow obstruction, but simply improves pulmonary blood flow and improves cyanosis.

Article Author : Dr Frank Gaillard, Radiopaedia


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