Operation, Blalock-Taussig
A pioneering heart operation named after the American surgeon Alfred Blalock (1899-1964) and the pediatric cardiologist Helen B. Taussig (1898-1986). Dr. Taussig designed and Dr. Blalock carried out the first “blue-baby” operation to treat a child born with a previously inoperable heart malformation (tetralogy of Fallot). The procedure joined an artery leaving the heart to an artery leading to the lungs to give the blood a second chance at oxygenation. The joining (anastomosis) was of the subclavian artery to the pulmonary artery. It was the first blue baby operation and came to be known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt. This operation, which was first done on November 29, 1944 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, is a major landmark in the history of children's heart surgery.

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  • Blalock-Taussig-Operation — [blạ̈lok ta̲u̲...; nach dem amer. Chirurgen Alfred Blalock, 1899 1944, u. der amer. Kinderärztin H.Blalock Taussig OperationB. Taussig, geb. 1898]: Herzoperation bei der Fallot Tetralogie: operative Herstellung einer ↑Anastomose zwischen dem… …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • Blalock-Taussig operation — A pioneering heart operation named after the American surgeon Alfred Blalock (1899 1964) and the pediatric cardiologist Helen B. Taussig (1898 1986). Dr. Taussig designed and Dr. Blalock carried out the first “blue baby” operation to treat a… …   Medical dictionary

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  • Blalock-Taussig-Anastomose — Die Blalock Taussig Anastomose oder Blalock Taussig Shunt (nach Alfred Blalock, Chirurg, Baltimore, 1899–1964 und Helen Brooke Taussig, Kardiologin, Baltimore/Boston, 1898–1986) wird, früher als abschließende, heute als vorbereitende… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Blalock-Taussig operation (shunt) — Bla·lock Taus·sig operation (shunt) (blaґlok tawґsig) [A. Blalock; Helen Brooke Taussig, American pediatrician, 1898–1986] see under operation …   Medical dictionary

  • blalock-taussig operation — |blāˌläkˈtau̇sig noun Usage: usually capitalized B&T Etymology: after Alfred Blalock b1899 & Helen B. Taussig b1898 American physicians who devised it : surgical correction of the congenital malformation of the heart known as tetralogy of Fallot… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Blalock-Taussig shunt — see under operation …   Medical dictionary

  • Shunt, Blalock-Taussig — A pioneering heart operation named after the American surgeon Alfred Blalock (1899 1964) and the pediatric cardiologist Helen B. Taussig (1898 1986). Dr. Taussig designed and Dr. Blalock carried out the first “blue baby” operation to… …   Medical dictionary

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