Beyond Congenital Heart Disease: Role of the Pediatric Cardiologist

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Pediatric Cardiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 April 2024) | Viewed by 799

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Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Interests: congenital heart disease; patent ductus arteriosus; hypoplastic left heart syndrome; exercise physiology; pediatric echocardiography; interventional echocardiography; hypertension; pulmonary hypertension
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Dear Colleagues,

Congenital heart disease has been the mainstay of practice and training in pediatric cardiology. There are numerous conditions that require the expertise of the pediatric cardiologist but do not have a medical home due to their multisystem involvement that has necessitated a multidisciplinary approach. More importantly, there is no adequate training provided during any specific specialty fellowship training to provide the armament for tailored management of these conditions spanning from pectus excavatum, vein of Galen malformations, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia to preventive cardiology. We invite original research (both clinical and translational) and review articles highlighting these niche multidisciplinary topics that have now superseded the congenital heart disease burden of clinical practice. Manuscripts addressing challenges and techniques to decrease adverse events and improve outcomes will be considered. We also invite case reports and series followed by a discussion that may stimulate the creation of new hypotheses and the advent of new research.

Dr. Ranjit Philip
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  • pectus excavatum
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children
  • congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • preventive cardiology

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Complete Transposition of the Great Arteries in the Pediatric Field: A Multimodality Imaging Approach
by Sara Moscatelli, Martina Avesani, Nunzia Borrelli, Jolanda Sabatino, Valeria Pergola, Isabella Leo, Claudia Montanaro, Francesca Valeria Contini, Gabriella Gaudieri, Jessica Ielapi, Raffaella Motta, Marco Alfonso Merrone and Giovanni Di Salvo
Children 2024, 11(6), 626; - 23 May 2024
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The complete transposition of the great arteries (C-TGA) is a congenital cardiac anomaly characterized by the reversal of the main arteries. Early detection and precise management are crucial for optimal outcomes. This review emphasizes the integral role of multimodal imaging, including fetal echocardiography, [...] Read more.
The complete transposition of the great arteries (C-TGA) is a congenital cardiac anomaly characterized by the reversal of the main arteries. Early detection and precise management are crucial for optimal outcomes. This review emphasizes the integral role of multimodal imaging, including fetal echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), and cardiac computed tomography (CCT) in the diagnosis, treatment planning, and long-term follow-up of C-TGA. Fetal echocardiography plays a pivotal role in prenatal detection, enabling early intervention strategies. Despite technological advances, the detection rate varies, highlighting the need for improved screening protocols. TTE remains the cornerstone for initial diagnosis, surgical preparation, and postoperative evaluation, providing essential information on cardiac anatomy, ventricular function, and the presence of associated defects. CMR and CCT offer additional value in C-TGA assessment. CMR, free from ionizing radiation, provides detailed anatomical and functional insights from fetal life into adulthood, becoming increasingly important in evaluating complex cardiac structures and post-surgical outcomes. CCT, with its high-resolution imaging, is indispensable in delineating coronary anatomy and vascular structures, particularly when CMR is contraindicated or inconclusive. This review advocates for a comprehensive imaging approach, integrating TTE, CMR, and CCT to enhance diagnostic accuracy, guide therapeutic interventions, and monitor postoperative conditions in C-TGA patients. Such a multimodal strategy is vital for advancing patient care and improving long-term prognoses in this complex congenital heart disease. Full article
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