Systemic-Pulmonary Shunts

  • Bradley J. Harlan
  • Albert Starr
  • Fredic M. Harwin
  • Alain Carpentier


The dramatic performance of an anastomosis between the left subclavian artery and the left pulmonary artery by Alfred Blalock on November 29, 1944, inaugurated the age of surgical treatment of cyanotic congenital heart disease.4 This operation, performed in a 15-month-old girl, was strongly encouraged by Helen Taussig and was stimulated by research being carried out in Blalock’s research laboratory.24 In the ensuing decades, a number of additional operations have been developed to improve deficient pulmonary blood flow by constructing a communication between the systemic and pulmonary circulations.


Pulmonary Artery Subclavian Artery Main Pulmonary Artery Pulmonary Blood Flow Left Pulmonary Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradley J. Harlan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Albert Starr
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Fredic M. Harwin
    • 6
  • Alain Carpentier
    • 7
  1. 1.Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgerySutter Memorial HospitalSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Davis Medical SchoolUniversity of CaliforniaSacramentoUSA
  3. 3.Oregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA
  4. 4.Heart Institute at St. Vincent HospitalPortlandUSA
  5. 5.Starr-Wood Cardiac Group, P.C.PortlandUSA
  6. 6.Harwin StudiosPortlandUSA
  7. 7.Hôpital BroussaisUniversity of ParisParisFrance

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