Sano shunt

Dr Vincent Tatco et al.

The Sano shunt is a palliative surgical technique sometimes used as a step in Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

The procedure involves placement of an extracardiac conduit between the right ventricle and main pulmonary artery stump. This technique prevents the reduced diastolic blood flow into the coronary arteries (coronary steal phenomenon) associated with Blalock-Taussig shunt.  

History and etymology

Shunji Sano, a Japanese cardiothoracic surgeon, pioneered this procedure in 2003 1-3.

Congenital heart disease

There is more than one way to present the variety of congenital heart diseases. Whichever way they are categorised, it is helpful to have a working understanding of normal and fetal circulation, as well as an understanding of the segmental approach to imaging in congenital heart disease.

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Article information

rID: 52062
Systems: Cardiac, Vascular
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Sano procedure
  • Sano modification procedure
  • Sano modification of Norwood procedure

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