Clinique medico-chirurgicale infantile at Bou Ismail, Algeria Installs New Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Clinique medico-chirurgicale infantile (CMCI) at Bou Ismail is a dedicated pediatric heart center in Algeria that accepts public health insurance (Figure 1).

Clinique medico-chirurgicale infantile in Bou Ismail, Algeria.
Figure 1 – Clinique medico-chirurgicale infantile in Bou Ismail, Algeria.

The Center has 7 full time pediatric cardiac surgeons (and one part time surgeon), 4 pediatric interventional cardiologists, 3 pediatricians, and 4 full time cardiovascular perfusionists.  Roughly 800 catheter interventions and 450 cardiac operations (350 on-pump) are performed yearly.

Pr. Abdelmalek Bouzid and team perform mitral valve surgery at CMCI.
Figure 2 – Pr. Abdelmalek Bouzid and team perform mitral valve surgery at CMCI.

Challenges include complex congenital heart disease especially in neonates, and cases requiring mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation.

The center recently installed a new pediatric catheterization laboratory (Figure 3) to improve management of patients requiring interventional procedures. The first intervention performed in this new facility was a transcatheter perforation of the pulmonary valve membrane and balloon dilatation in a neonate (Figure 4).

The new catheterization laboratory at CMCI.
Figure 3 – The new catheterization laboratory at CMCI.

 

Dr. Touati Mohamed and team perform the first intervention in the new cath lab at CMCI – transcatheter perforation of the pulmonary valve membrane and balloon dilatation in a neonate.
Figure 4 – Dr. Touati Mohamed and team perform the first intervention in the new cath lab at CMCI – transcatheter perforation of the pulmonary valve membrane and balloon dilatation in a neonate.

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