Outcomes in adult congenital heart disease patients undergoing heart transplantation: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Barbara Stella Doumouras, Ana Carolina Alba, Farid Foroutan, Luke James Burchill, Anne I. Dipchand, Heather Joan Ross

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    Background Studies assessing mortality and morbidity in adult transplant recipients with congenital heart disease (CHD) are limited. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis comparing post-transplant outcomes in these 2 populations. Methods After conducting an electronic database search, we selected studies evaluating mortality, cause-specific mortality, and risk of reoperation and dialysis in adult CHD vs non-CHD patients. We used random-effects models for the meta-analysis. Results Thirty-day mortality was significantly higher in CHD vs non-CHD patients (risk ratio [RR], 2.18; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.62–2.93; I2 = 41%). This was influenced by increased mortality in Fontan/Glenn patients compared with non-CHD patients (RR, 3.3; 95% CI, 1.89–5.77; I2 = 0%). Mortality at 1 and 5 years was higher in the CHD population, although neither achieved statistical significance. Ten-year mortality was significantly lower in CHD patients (RR, 0.75; 95% CI, 0.60–0.95, I2 = 42%). Deaths caused by malignancy, infection, rejection, and cardiac allograft vasculopathy were decreased in CHD patients, although only death from malignancy achieved significance. Death secondary to primary graft failure, stroke, and hemorrhage was significantly higher in CHD patients. Risk of reoperation and dialysis were not statistically different between the 2 groups. Conclusions Although adult CHD patients have higher early mortality, post-transplantation long-term survival is superior to non-CHD recipients. The challenge is to identify the CHD patients who will benefit from transplantation vs those who are higher risk.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1337-1347
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


    • Fontan/Glenn
    • adults
    • congenital heart disease
    • morbidity
    • mortality
    • outcomes
    • transplantation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Transplantation


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