Field:

  • Cardiology
  • Paediatrics

Location:  Mater Research Institute

Type of student:  Both types will be considered (i.e. flexible with project)

Type of work:

  • Chart reviews
  • Literature review
  • Secondary data analysis

Pulmonary regurgitation (PR) is the most common late consequence of relief of right ventricular outflow tract obstruction in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Long standing PR results in right ventricular dilatation, reduced exercise tolerance and increased risk of arrhythmias and sudden death. In children, adolescents and young adults with CHD requiring pulmonary valve replacement, the optimum prosthesis is unclear. Homografts and Contegra are amongst available options for pulmonary valve replacement (PVR). There is no direct comparative study evaluating the long-term performance of these alternatives. This body of work aims to compare properties and outcomes using the two prosthesis.

Time frame: 6-12 months

Supervisor

Dr Nelson Alphonso

Director of Cardiac Surgery
Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital

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