Interventions for valvular disease and heart failure

TAVI in a patient with a double-lumen aortic arch

EuroIntervention 2023;19:e875-e876. DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-23-00346

Konstantinos Tsioufis
Konstantinos Tsioufis1, MD; Kyriakos Dimitriadis1, MD; Konstantinos Aznaouridis1, MD; Konstantina Aggeli1, MD
1. First Department of Cardiology, Medical School, University of Athens, Hippokration Hospital, Athens, Greece
An 84-year-old male patient with symptomatic severe calcific aortic stenosis was scheduled for elective transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The preprocedural echocardiographic examination incidentally revealed, on the suprasternal view, findings indicative of a double-lumen aortic arch (Figure 1A, Figure 1B, Moving image 1, Moving image 2). This is a type of abnormal vascular ring which completely surrounds the trachea and oesophagus and, in the majority of cases, leads to symptoms resulting from compression of these structures12. The subsequent computed tomography confirmed the double-lumen aortic arch arising from the ascending aorta at the level of the sternal angle (Figure 1C, Figure 1D). A ...

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