A Coupled CFD-Lumped Parameter Model of the Human Circulation: Elucidating the Hemodynamics of the Hybrid Norwood Palliative Treatment and Effects of the Reverse Blalock-Taussic Shunt Placement and Diameter
Hybrid norwood; lumped parameter model of the circulation; congenital heart disease modeling; cfd modeling of congenital heart disease; reverse blalock taussig shunt; rbts
The Hybrid Norwood (HN) is a relatively new first stage procedure for neonates with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), in which a sustainable univentricular circulation is established in a less invasive manner than with the standard procedure. A computational multiscale model of such HLHS circulation following the HN procedure was used to obtain detailed hemodynamics. Implementation of a reverse-BT shunt (RBTS), a synthetic bypass from the main pulmonary to the innominate artery placed to counteract aortic arch stenosis, and its effects on local and global hemodynamics were studied. A synthetic and a 3D reconstructed, patient derived anatomy after the HN procedure were utilized, with varying degrees of distal arch obstruction, or stenosis, (nominal and 90% reduction in lumen) and varying RBTS diameters (3.0, 3.5, 4.0 mm). A closed lumped parameter model (LPM) for the peripheral or distal circulation coupled to a 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model that allows detailed description of the local hemodynamics was created for each anatomy. The implementation of the RBTS in any of the chosen diameters under severe stenosis resulted in a restoration of arterial perfusion to near-nominal levels. Shunt flow velocity, vorticity, and overall wall shear stress levels are inverse functions of shunt diameter, while shunt perfusion and systemic oxygen delivery correlates positively with diameter. No correlation of shunt diameter with helicity was recorded. In the setting of the hybrid Norwood circulation, our results suggest: (1) the 4.0mm RBTS may be more thrombogenic when implemented in the absence of severe arch stenosis and (2) the 3.0mm and 3.5mm RBTS may be a more suitable alternative, with preference to the latter since it provides similar hemodynamics at lower levels of wall shear stress.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
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Ceballos, Andres, "A Coupled CFD-Lumped Parameter Model of the Human Circulation: Elucidating the Hemodynamics of the Hybrid Norwood Palliative Treatment and Effects of the Reverse Blalock-Taussic Shunt Placement and Diameter" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 654.