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The surgical relief of transposition of the great vessels in infancy
  1. T. G. O'Donovan,
  2. C. N. Barnard,
  3. M. S. Gotsman
  1. Department of Surgery, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town
  2. Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town
  3. Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Rondebosch, Cape Town


    The necessity for palliative surgery in transposition of the great vessels is indicated and the basic haemodynamics of the condition are outlined. The clinical picture of infants with transposition is divided into three types, and a method of surgical treatment is suggested for the two most common types. Our technique of investigation and treatment is described and the reasons for our choice of therapy are discussed. The results of cases operated upon are presented.

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