Impaired right and left ventricular function in asymptomatic children with repaired tetralogy of Fallot by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography study.Echocardiography. 2015 Jan; 32(1):135-43.E
Early detection of right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is essential because dysfunction is correlated with a poor clinical outcome. The aim of this study was to assess RV and LV function in asymptomatic children with repaired TOF by two-dimensional ultrasound speckle tracking echocardiography (STE).
Fifty-six asymptomatic children with a preserved biventricular ejection fraction (EF) after repair of TOF and 35 healthy control subjects were studied. RV and LV strain and strain rate were measured by STE. RVEF and pulmonary regurgitation (PR) were assessed using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.
Compared with the control subjects, RV regional longitudinal strain and strain rate and global longitudinal strain (GLS) and strain rate (GLSR) were impaired in children with repaired TOF. Likewise, LV circumferential and radial strain and strain rate were reduced in patients with TOF. In contrast, longitudinal strain and strain rate did not differ between the groups. RV and LV GLSR were correlated with postoperative follow-up period (r1 = -0.44; r2 = -0.48). RV GLS and GLSR were associated with RVEF (r1 = 0.64; r2 = 0.60) and PR (r1 = -0.48; r2 = -0.49). LV circumferential strain rate was related to PR (r = -0.45).
STE can identify abnormalities that may represent early impairment of RV and LV systolic function in postoperative TOF patients with a preserved EF. PR is associated with decreased biventricular performance in repaired patients. STE-derived strain and strain rate may be useful indices for detecting the early deterioration of biventricular performance in patients with TOF.