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  • • An obstructive congenital heart lesion

    • Pulmonary stenosis (PS) impedes forward blood flow and increases ventricular afterload

    • Without ventricular septal defect (VSD), obstructive lesion causes hypertrophy of corresponding ventricle

    • Ventricular hypertrophy can cause dysrhythmias, ischemia, and fibrosis

    • In most, commissures are fused causing a dome like structure

    • Most patients have patent foramen ovale

    • Few patients have atrial septal defect (ASD)

    • May be associated with poorly developed right ventricle, may require urgent intervention

    • Isolated infundibular stenosis (below pulmonary valve) is extremely rare and often less severe


  • • 5-8% of cardiac anomalies: PS with intact ventricular septum and normal aortic root

    • 50% of deaths from PS occur in infants

Symptoms and Signs

  • • Poor feeding, hypoxic spells

    • Occasionally sudden death

    • Older children may be asymptomatic

    • Fatigue, dyspnea on exertion, dizziness, angina

    • Murmur easily detected

  • • Evaluate for other cardiac or extracardiac anomalies

  • • Physical exam

    • Echocardiography

  • • Neonates: PGE1 (alprostadil) maintain patent ductus arteriosus until pulmonary valve obstruction relieved


  • • Isolated pulmonary stenosis: Catheter balloon dilation > 90% successful

    • Surgical valvotomy (may need transannular patch, or systemic to pulmonary shunt) if catheter intervention unsuccessful


  • • Pulmonary valve gradient > 50 mm Hg

    • Severe RV failure

    • Cyanotic spells

    • Systemic RV pressure


  • • > 90% respond well to catheter or surgical therapy

    Critical PS: Mortality is 3-10% after treatment

    • Restenosis 10-25%

    • RV hypertrophy: Regresses after stenosis relieved


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