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Countercurrent aortography: an alternative to cardiac catheterization in infancy



Countercurrent aortography: an alternative to cardiac catheterization in infancy



Pediatric Cardiology 13(1): 10-13



Countercurrent aortography via a peripheral artery was used to clarify the aortic arch anatomy in 25 infants in whom cross-sectional and Doppler evaluation was inconclusive. Ages ranged from 3 days to 11 months (median 9 days), and 80% were neonates. The suspected diagnosis was aortic coarctation in 21 infants, interrupted aortic arch in two, recoarctation in one, and vascular ring in one. A countercurrent aortogram provided adequate diagnostic information in 24 infants. A diagnosis of coarctation was confirmed in 15, interruption of the aortic arch in two, and vascular ring in one. In six infants countercurrent aortography excluded the presence of anomalies of the aortic arch. In only one infant, who had an anomalous origin of the right subclavian artery from the descending aorta, did this technique fail to provide adequate information. The only complication observed was transient ischemia of the arm in one patient. Countercurrent aortography is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide adequate angiographic information without the need for cardiac catheterization in patients with inconclusive echocardiographic evaluation. Injection into a right upper limb artery is preferred, because it gives better opacification of the ascending and transverse aortic arch than injection into a left one.

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DOI: 10.1007/BF00788222


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