Cardiovascular System - Double Outlet Right Ventricle

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LA85.2 Double Outlet Right Ventricle

LA85.2 Double outlet right ventricle
A congenital cardiovascular malformation in which both great arteries arising entirely or predominantly from the morphologically right ventricle.


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Double Outlet Right Ventricle
  • 1-1.5% of Congenital Heart Disease
  • Both large arteries arise wholly or mainly from the right ventricle.
  • Arrangement of the atrioventricular valves and the ventriculoarterial connections are variable.
  • Clinical manifestations variable.

If the pulmonary trunk retains its location above the morphologically right ventricle, then the end result will be yet another variant of double outlet right ventricle, specifically with a subpulmonary interventricular communication. This variation is known as the Taussig-Bing malformation.

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Some Recent Findings

  • Double-outlet right ventricle is not hypoplastic left heart syndrome[1] "We write to express our concerns that the report ‘The complex genetics of hypoplastic left heart syndrome’ by Liu et al.[2] is misleading, and the data presented in the figures and in the Mouse Genome Informatics repository do not convincingly demonstrate hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)."
  • Imaging Spectrum of Double-Outlet Right Ventricle on Multislice Computed Tomography[3] "Double-outlet right ventricle is a complex congenital heart disease that encompasses various common and rare subtypes. Surgical management of these patients needs to be individualized owing to extremely variable morphology and hemodynamics. Imaging plays a crucial role in determination and characterization of outflow tract morphology. The assessment of ventricular septal defect routability with identification of associated anomalies has therapeutic implications in these patients. Multislice computed tomography with advanced 3-dimensional post-processing techniques and dose-reduction strategies is invaluable in defining the anatomy and morphology of double-outlet right ventricle with simultaneous assessment of associated anomalies."
  • HAND1 loss-of-function mutation contributes to congenital double outlet right ventricle[4] "In the present study, the coding exons and flanking introns of the heart and neural crest derivatives expressed transcript 1 (HAND1) gene, which encodes a basic helix‑loop‑helix transcription factor crucial for cardiovascular development, were sequenced in 158 unrelated patients with CHDs, and a de novo heterozygous mutation, p.K132X, was identified in a patient with double outlet right ventricle (DORV), as well as ventricular septal defect. The nonsense mutation, which was predicted to produce a truncated HAND1 protein lacking 84 carboxyl‑terminal amino acids, was absent in 600 control chromosomes. Functional analyses revealed that the HAND1 K132X mutant had no transcriptional activity. Furthermore, the mutation disrupted the synergistic activation between HAND1 and GATA binding protein 4 (GATA4), another cardiac core transcription factor causally linked to CHDs. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the association of HAND1 loss‑of‑function mutation with an enhanced susceptibility to DORV in humans. These findings expand the phenotypic spectrum linked to HAND1 mutations, suggesting potential implications for the development of novelo prophylactic and therapeutic strategies for DORV."
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A human heart with double outlet from the right ventricle, but with a doubly committed interventricular communication. The proximal outflow cushions have fused, but have failed to muscularise. Because of this, the outlet septum, derived from the fused cushions, is fibrous and hypoplastic.


Double Outlet from Right Ventricle



Heart-And Neural Crest Derivatives-Expressed 1 (HAND1) gene located at 5q32, is a 215-amino acid protein transcription factor that contains a bHLH region and several potential phosphorylation sites. The mouse and human sequences share 93% overall sequence identity.

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  1. Chaudhry B, Henderson D & Anderson R. (2019). Double-outlet right ventricle is not hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Nat. Genet. , 51, 198. PMID: 30617254 DOI.
  2. Liu X, Yagi H, Saeed S, Bais AS, Gabriel GC, Chen Z, Peterson KA, Li Y, Schwartz MC, Reynolds WT, Saydmohammed M, Gibbs B, Wu Y, Devine W, Chatterjee B, Klena NT, Kostka D, de Mesy Bentley KL, Ganapathiraju MK, Dexheimer P, Leatherbury L, Khalifa O, Bhagat A, Zahid M, Pu W, Watkins S, Grossfeld P, Murray SA, Porter GA, Tsang M, Martin LJ, Benson DW, Aronow BJ & Lo CW. (2017). The complex genetics of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Nat. Genet. , 49, 1152-1159. PMID: 28530678 DOI.
  3. Priya S, Nagpal P, Sharma A, Pandey NN & Jagia P. (2019). Imaging Spectrum of Double-Outlet Right Ventricle on Multislice Computed Tomography. J Thorac Imaging , , . PMID: 30801451 DOI.
  4. Li L, Wang J, Liu XY, Liu H, Shi HY, Yang XX, Li N, Li YJ, Huang RT, Xue S, Qiu XB & Yang YQ. (2017). HAND1 loss-of-function mutation contributes to congenital double outlet right ventricle. Int. J. Mol. Med. , 39, 711-718. PMID: 28112363 DOI.


Fraser CD. (2017). The Neonatal Arterial Switch Operation: Technical Pearls. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu , 20, 38-42. PMID: 28007063 DOI.

Spicer DE, Hsu HH, Co-Vu J, Anderson RH & Fricker FJ. (2014). Ventricular septal defect. Orphanet J Rare Dis , 9, 144. PMID: 25523232 DOI.


Aherrera JA, Magno JD, Uy CC, Abrahan LL, Maria HF, Buitizon RR & Jara RD. (2015). The Triply Twisted Heart: Cyanosis in an Adult With Situs Inversus, Levocardia, Double Outlet Right Ventricle, and Malposition of the Great Arteries. Cardiol Res , 6, 362-366. PMID: 28197259 DOI.

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