Pulmonary Artery Banding Workup

Updated: Nov 30, 2022
  • Author: Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Suvro S Sett, MD, FRCSC, FACS  more...
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Approach Considerations

Routine laboratory tests are obtained preoperatively in the assessment of a patient being considered for pulmonary artery banding (PAB). Baseline arterial oxygen saturations should be obtained by either pulse oximetry or arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis. A baseline creatinine level should be obtained and compared postoperatively during diuresis and management of congestive heart failure (CHF). The hemoglobin and hematocrit should be optimized to improve oxygen carrying capacity and oxygen saturations following PAB.

Imaging and/or diagnostic procedures include echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging with 3-dimensional reconstruction, and/or cardiac catheterization.