Repair of coarctation with resection and extended end-to-end anastomosis

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Our surgical strategy for infant coarctation changed from subclavian flap aortoplasty to resection with extended end-to-end anastomosis in 1991. The purpose of this review was to evaluate the results of that strategy.


From 1991 through 1997, 55 infants underwent repair of coarctation of the aorta using resection with extended end-to-end anastomosis. Isolated coarctation of the aorta was present in 26 patients, 20 patients had a ventricular septal defect, and 9 patients had other associated intracardiac lesions. Mean age at surgery was 0.20 ± 0.24 years (median, 21 days). In 34 patients (62%), arch reconstruction was performed through a left thoracotomy. Twenty patients (36%) had median sternotomy with simultaneous repair of coarctation of the aorta and intracardiac repair of associated lesions. One patient had recoarctation repair through a median sternotomy. All coarctation and ductal tissue was resected and the anastomosis was constructed starting opposite the left carotid artery with running polypropylene suture.


There was one early death 26 days after coarctation of the aorta and ventricular septal defect repair in a child on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for meconium aspiration and 2 late deaths owing to pneumonia and pulmonary hypertension (1) and interventricular hemorrhage (1). There were no instances of paraplegia. Follow-up in survivors ranges from 10 to 76 months (mean, 39.8 ± 17.2 months). Recoarctation has developed in 2 patients, who have had successful balloon dilation 6 and 14 months after the operation. This yields a low recoarctation rate of 3.6%.


Resection with extended end-to-end anastomosis yields a low mortality and particularly a low recoarctation rate and is our procedure of choice for infants with coarctation of the aorta.

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