Major septal defects: Comparative study of down syndrome and non-down syndrome infants, before and after surgery

Saleha Aziz, Maaha Ayub, Laiba Masood, Muneer Amanullah, Rukhsana Hameed, Shiraz Hashmi, Waris Ahmad

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Objective: To compare pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative parameters in Down syndrome (DS) and non-DS patients with atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD) and inlet ventricular septal defects (VSD) in a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study at Aga Khan University, Pakistan. All complete atrioventricular septal defect (CAVSD), partial atrioventricular septal defect (PAVSD), and VSD with inlet extension surgical cases from January 2007 to January 2019 were included. Patients with congenital heart diseases other than those listed above were excluded. Results: In 61 cases, 18 had DS. Median age, mean body surface area (BSA), and height were lower in DS patients compared to non-DS patients: 7.0 vs 23.0 months, 0.311 vs 0.487 m2, and 63 vs 82 cm, respectively. Bypass duration, aortic cross clamp time, post-operative ventilator hours, dose of inotropes, CICU stay, and total hospital stay were all significantly higher in the DS group. The odds ratio (95% CI) for mortality in DS babies was 6.2 (1.4, 27.1), p=0.015, after adjusting for age, weight, and height. The overall morbidity was comparable between the two groups, demonstrating no significant difference after adjusting for confounders. Conclusion: DS babies with AVSD and inlet VSD are at a greater risk of mortality compared to non-DS babies, particularly those with CAVSD. Furthermore, DS babies undergo surgery at a younger age and require more aggressive post-operative therapy and monitoring due to the development of complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-929
Number of pages5
JournalPakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • AVSD
  • Atrioventricular
  • Down Syndrome
  • Endocardial Cushion Defect
  • Inlet VSD
  • Septal Defects


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