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Two Week Medical Mission To Tomsk Underway

 | Published on 4/23/2011

During eight working days on-the-ground in Siberia, together with Tomsk colleagues, Heart to Heart pediatric cardiac specialists discussed and examined 34 patients (including consultation and detailed review of echo and angio images); performed 10 diagnostic catheterizations, 4 open heart surgeries and 4 pre-op and post-op TEEs.
The youngest patient was 18-day-old Milada; the oldest patient – 15-year-old Polina.
Managing children born with Ebstein's Anomaly is one of the didactic features of this week’s educational program. Out of 34 children presented to the Heart to Heart medical team, 7 had been diagnosed with this rare congenital heart defect.
In addition to patient consultations, Dr. Frank Cetta, Division Chair, Pediatric Cardiology, Mayo Clinic, presented a lecture on Ebstein's Anomaly to 80+ pediatric cardiac specialists from Tomsk and from throughout all of Russia, including the neighboring country of Kazakhstan.
Other educational highlights include: Eisenmenger syndrome; surgical management of children presenting late with d-TGA (d-Transposition of the Great Arteries); and the programmatic requirements for the introduction of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).

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