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Characteristics of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Outcomes in Adults With Repaired Truncus Arteriosus

      Highlights

      • Highlights of this retrospective study of adults with repaired truncus arteriosus (rTA) and contemporary cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging studies (CMR) include:
      • CMR measures are stratified according to anatomic subtype in rTA
      • Right ventricular mass is increased in rTA as compared with normal
      • Right ventricular function and aortic size in rTA are associated with outcomes
      The cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) features of adults with repaired truncus arteriosus (rTA) are largely undefined. We sought to explore CMR characteristics in rTA and to identify associations between imaging findings and cardiovascular outcomes. Adults with rTA and CMR were identified and anatomic subtypes (1-4) were assigned (Collett and Edwards classification). CMR characteristics, clinical data at last follow-up and adverse cardiovascular outcome were recorded. Twenty-seven adults (19% male) were studied (median age at cardiovascular magnetic resonance 26 years [interquartile range 18 to 40]) over 5.2-year duration [interquartile range 2.5 to 7.5]. With the exception of mildly increased RV mass (30 ± 12 g/m2), cardiac chamber measurements were within the normal range. In CMR measurements, only pulmonary artery peak velocity differed in subtypes (highest in subtype 3, 318 ± 26 cm/s, p = 0.029). Number of cardiovascular interventions in adulthood was moderately correlated with left ventricular end-diastolic volume (r = 0.463, p = 0.015), left ventricular ejection fraction (r = 0.425, p = 0.027) and neoaortic root size (r = 0.398, p = 0.039). Cardiovascular events (nonmutually exclusive) in 5 of 27 patients (19%) included death (n = 1), heart failure (n = 1), ventricular tachycardia (n = 1), and atrial tachycardia (n = 3). Increased cardiovascular risk was associated with decreased right ventricular ejection fraction (odds ratio 1.153, confidence interval 1.003 to 1.326, p = 0.046) and smaller ascending aorta diameter (odds ratio 1.758, confidence interval 1.037 to 2.976, p = 0.036). In conclusion, decreased right ventricular ejection fraction and smaller ascending aorta on cardiovascular magnetic resonance were associated with adverse events in rTA.
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