Congenital heart surgery nomenclature and database project: Update and proposed data harvest

Bohdan Maruszewski, Francois Lacour-Gayet, Martin J. Elliott, J. William Gaynor, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Marshall L. Jacobs, Christo I. Tchervenkov, Hiromi Kurosawa, Constantine Mavroudis

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In 1998, the first report of the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) National Congenital Heart Surgery Database reported the clinical features of 18 congenital heart categories. The report provided a significant amount of important information and also highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the existing database. Following this report, the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Committee, in cooperation with the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Foundation, initiated the International Congenital Heart Surgery and Nomenclature Database Project. The goal was to begin the standardization of nomenclature and reporting strategies and establish the foundations for an international congenital heart surgery database. The first report of the International Congenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature Project was published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in April 2000. The current report outlines modifications to the minimal dataset, as well as the diagnosis and procedure short lists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-49
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Database
  • Heart surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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