Favourable anatomy after end-to-side repair of interrupted aortic arch Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiovascular outcomes in patients with aortic arch repair and their possible correlation with arch geometry. METHODS: Ten patients who underwent end-to-side repair for aortic arch interruption (IAA), older than 10 years were compared to a cohort of 10 post coarctation (CoA) repair patients matched for age, sex and age at repair. Mean age at operation was 9.7±6.5 days. Patients underwent a resting and 24 h blood pressure measurements, exercise study, MRI, transthoracic echocardiography and vascular studies. RESULTS: Seven patients developed hypertension, two from IAA group and five from CoA group. Nine patients (45%) had gothic arch geometry, three from IAA group and six from CoA group. Despite differences in arch geometry, both groups had normal LV mass, LV function and vascular function. CONCLUSION: No differences in functional or morphologic outcomes could be demonstrated between the end-to-side repair of the arch by sternotomy and the conventional coarctation repair by thoracotomy. A favourable arch geometry can be achieved after the end-to-side repair of the aortic arch. In the present study, we could not correlate adverse arch geometry with any adverse cardio-vascular outcomes. After neonatal arch repair, the contributive role of aortic arch geometry to late hypertension remains uncertain.


  • Liu, JYJ
  • Jones, B
  • Cheung, MMH
  • Galati, JC
  • Koleff, J
  • Konstantinov, IE
  • Grigg, LE
  • Brizard, CP
  • D'Udekem, Y

publication date

  • 2014