We reviewed records of all patients with an initial Fontan operation or revision from 1973 to 2012 at our institution (n = 1,138); 195 patients had postoperative liver data available. Cirrhosis was identified by histopathology or characteristic findings on imaging with an associated diagnosis of cirrhosis by a hepatologist. Of 195 patients with biopsy or imaging, 10-, 20-, and 30-year freedom from cirrhosis was 99%, 94%, and 57%, respectively. There were 40 of 195 patients (21%) diagnosed with cirrhosis (mean age at Fontan 10.7 ± 8 years). On multivariate analysis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome was associated with increased risk of cirrhosis (n = 2 of 16, p = 0.0133), whereas preoperative sinus rhythm was protective (p = 0.009). Survival after diagnosis of cirrhosis was 57% and 35%, at 1, and 5 years, respectively. The cause of death was known for 9 patients (5 multiorgan failure, 2 liver failure, and 2 heart failure). In conclusion, there is an incremental occurrence of cirrhosis after the Fontan, which should be considered when designing follow-up protocols for patients after Fontan operation.
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- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine