Coarctation of the Aorta

  • Viktor Hraška
  • Peter Murín


Coarcation of the aorta is defined as a hemodynamically significant narrowing of the descending thoracic aorta, usually just distal to the left subclavian artery, where the ligamentum arteriosum originates. This chapter elaborates:

1. Anatomy

2. Indication for surgery

3. Approach and cardiopulmonary bypass strategy

4. Resection of aortic coarctation and extended end-to-end anastomosis (video)

5. Resection of aortic coarctation and end-to-side anastomosis through a median sternotomy (video)

6. Resection of the stented isthmus of the aorta and reconstruction of the aortic arch by partial end-to-end anastomosis and pericardial patch plasty (video)

7. Resection of a stented isthmus of the aorta and reconstruction of the aortic arch by pericardial patch plasty (video)

8. Reimplantation of the right aberrant subclavian artery into the right carotid artery; resection of the stented coarctation and end-to-end anastomosis; patch closure of the ventricular septal defect (video)

9. Extra-anatomical jump graft between the ascending and descending aorta using a 18 mm in Ø prosthesis (video)


Aortic Arch Subclavian Artery Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ventricular Septal Defect Aortic Coarctation 
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Supplementary material

Clip 1: Preoperative findings

Clip 2: The postero-lateral thoracotomy approach.

Clip 3: Dissection of the aorta.

Clip 4: Ligation of the patent ductus arteriosus.

Clip 5: Resection of the coarctation.

Clip 6: Extended end-to-end anastomosis.

Clip 7: Final result.

Clip 8: Postoperative findings.


Clip 1: Preoperative findings.

Clip 2: Orientation and anatomy.

Clip 3: Resection of the aortic coarctation.

Clip 4: Closure of the distal aortic arch.

Clip 5: End-to-side anastomosis between the descending and ascending aorta.

Clip 6: Final result.

Clip 7: Postoperative findings.


Clip 1: Preoperative findings.

Clip 2: Cardiopulmonary bypass strategy.

Clip 3: Resection of the stented descending aorta.

Clip 4: Reconstruction of the aortic arch.

Clip 5: Final result.

Clip 6: Postoperative finding.


Clip 1: Preoperative findings.

Clip 2: Resection of the coarctation, removal of the stent and reconstruction of the aortic arch.

Clip 3: Postoperative finding.


Clip 1: Preoperative findings.

Clip 2: Dissection of the aberrant right subclavian artery.

Clip 3: Reimplantation of the aberrant subclavian artery.

Clip 4: Final result.


Clip 1: Preoperative findings.

Clip 2: Dissection of the descending aorta.

Clip 3: Distal anastomosis.

Clip 4: Proximal anastomosis.

Clip 5: Final result.

Clip 6: Postoperative finding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viktor Hraška
    • 1
  • Peter Murín
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiac SurgeryGerman Pediatric Heart Center, Sankt AugustinSankt AugustinGermany

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