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J Card Surg ; 36(7): 2578-2581, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1189761


BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic poses broad challenges to healthcare systems and providers. The manifestations of this disease are still being described in a variety of different contexts and patient populations. RESULTS: We report the case of a neonate who demonstrated COVID-19 after surgical correction of transposition of the great arteries. In addition, the patient demonstrated an evolving and persistent tachyarrhythmia consistent with neither the most likely postoperative complications nor typical COVID-19. DISCUSSION: The patient had negative preoperative testing for the virus and presented with profound oxygen desaturation and respiratory failure several days postoperatively. This raised concern for a complication of his arterial switch operation. It was found that one of the patient's caregivers was an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19, and imaging ruled out intracardiac shunting. After initiating treatment for COVID-19, the patient's oxygen requirements and need for anti-arrhythmic agents improved. CONCLUSION: We propose that, despite negative preoperative testing, coronavirus infection may present as refractory tachyarrhythmia, and may be considered along with surgical complications as a cause for unexplained hypoxemia postoperatively.

COVID-19 , Transposition of Great Vessels , Arteries , Humans , Infant, Newborn , SARS-CoV-2 , Tachycardia/etiology , Transposition of Great Vessels/surgery
World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg ; 12(4): 554-556, 2021 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1140469


A six-week-old infant presented in extremis and was diagnosed with dextro-transposition of the great arteries, intact ventricular septum, features of left ventricular deconditioning, and abnormal coronary arteries. Treatment with prostaglandin E1 and balloon atrial septostomy was insufficient, necessitating extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 was detected. The arterial switch operation was delayed by eight days because of COVID-19. Although stable on ECMO, the infant was treated with remdesivir. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was not required postoperatively with chest closure on day 2 and extubation on day 5.

Arterial Switch Operation , COVID-19 , Transposition of Great Vessels , COVID-19/complications , Coronary Vessels , Humans , Infant , SARS-CoV-2 , Transposition of Great Vessels/complications , Transposition of Great Vessels/diagnostic imaging , Transposition of Great Vessels/surgery , Treatment Outcome