Medical Definition of Blalock–Taussig operation
: surgical correction of the tetralogy of Fallot—called also blue-baby operation
Biographical Note for blalock–taussig operation
Alfred (1899–1964), and
Helen B. (1898–1986), American physicians. Blalock and Taussig were on the staff of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Based upon Taussig's theory that the cause of cyanosis in infants was a functional lack of oxygen, Blalock (a surgeon) developed an operation in which the pulmonary artery and a healthy systemic artery were spliced to bypass any constriction or blockage, thereby giving the lungs sufficient blood for oxygenation. The Blalock-Taussig operation was first performed in 1944; it marked the beginning of modern heart surgery.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Blalock–Taussig operation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).