The authors of “Outcomes of truncus arteriosus repair and predictors of
mortality” carried out a retrospective analysis of more than 3000
infants with truncus arteriosus using the National Inpatient Sample
dataset of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database.
Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with
in-hospital mortality. The authors also identified a seemingly
protective effect of 22q11.2 deletion. But do these findings offer a
complete understanding of surgical risk factors for patients with