The world of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery is filled with all manner of nonintuitive acronyms and eponyms: Ebstein’s Anomaly, Fontans of various sorts, Glenns, MBTS (Modified Blalock-Taussig Shunts), Mee shunts, Taussig-Bing hearts, Starnes Procedures, and many more. I have been practicing pediatric cardiac anesthesia for more than 30 yr and I still am left stumped occasionally when reading cardiology reports from outside institutions and have to resort to textbooks (or, more frequently now, Dr. Google) to figure out what cardiac condition or surgery my patient has had. Programs, cardiologists, and/or surgeons often use their own unique terminology. Multiple articles are readily found on PubMed addressing Pediatric Cardiac Disease and Procedural nomenclature and the need to use a common vernacular, but old habits persist. This idiosyncratic language serves as an effective barrier to the noncardiac practitioner and scares off many a pediatric anesthesiologist. However, it doesn’t seem to scare off...

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