Interrupted aortic arch with associated ventricular septal defect is a congenital cardiovascular defect which, untreated, is lethal in nearly 100% of the cases. We have treated nine patients by reconstructing the aorta with endogenous arch vessels; in five of them, concomitant pulmonary artery banding was also done. If two infants with preoperative complete renal failure are excluded, the mortality with this approach is only 29%. Long-term follow-up of these patients demonstrates excellent hemodynamic results with marked reduction of the anastomotic gradient in the older survivors. Growth of the anastomosis has been noted in the older survivors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine