ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Acute aortic insufficiency and its surgical treatment early after arterial switch operation: a report of two cases
Ersin Erek, Yusuf Kenan Yalçınbaş, Tayyar Sarıoğlu
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital, İstanbul
Arterial switch operation is preferable in the presence of resectable subpulmonic stenosis in patients with transposition of the great arteries. We present two patients, aged 6 and 4 years, respectively, who developed acute aortic insufficiency and pulmonary edema early after arterial switch operation with subpulmonic resection. Neoaortic valve replacement with posterior annular enlargement was performed in the early postoperative period. The patients were in NYHA functional class I and II after postoperative 24 and 16 months, respectively. Possible causes of acute aortic insufficiency following arterial switch operation and treatment alternatives are discussed.
Keywords : Aortic valve/surgery; child; heart septal defects, ventricular/surgery; postoperative complications; transposition of great vessels/surgery; ventricular outflow obstruction/surgery
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