Special lssues

Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Elio Caruso
Mediterranean Pediatric Heart Center, Taomina, Italy
carusoelio@gmail.com

Silvia Farruggio
Mediterranean Pediatric Heart Center, Taomina, Italy
silvifar@msn.com

Daniela Laux
Hôpital Necker-Enfants maladies
Paris, France; danilaux@yahoo.de

Summary

Congenital heart disease is the most common congenital disorder in newborns. There have been many case reports on this topic in the vast medical literature, describing a variety of unusual or novel clinical cases and providing many new ideas in this field.


Our goal is to set up a special issue but not feature classic case reports, although these are rare and essential to the literature. We are in the process of creating a particular issue dedicated to publishing cases that highlight the clinical peculiarities of congenital heart disease. These clinical peculiarities make the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease more challenging,to let it become a nightmare for complex therapeutic management.


The following submissions will be accepted for this special issue: interesting, attractive, rare image cases with high quality, aesthetical images; well-described case reports with ultra-high clinical and therapeutic management difficulty. The conclusions must include the description of the resolution of the case.


Keywords

Congenital Heart disease, newborn, images, therapy, difficult nightmare management

Published Papers


  • Open Access

    CASE REPORT

    Giant-Size Main Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm in an Adult Patient with Ebstein Anomaly and Dextrocardia

    Kristina Krzelj, Irena Ivanac Vranesic, Kristina Maric Besic, Zeljko Duric, Darko Anic
    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 207-212, 2023, DOI:10.32604/chd.2023.027453
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease)
    Abstract Main pulmonary artery aneurysms are rare, mostly asymptomatic and discovered accidentally. The main pulmonary artery aneurysms may be idiopathic or secondary to underlying diseases such as pulmonary hypertension, Behcet’s disease, connective tissue disorders, congenital heart disease, vasculitis, syphilis, tuberculosis and endocarditis. There are some indices that dextrocardia is associated with anomalies of the pulmonary arteries and pulmonary valve. A rare occurrence of main pulmonary artery aneurysms results in a lack of recommendations, so the remaining challenges are whether main pulmonary artery aneurysms should be treated, how, and when. The decision on surgical intervention or conservative treatment of the main pulmonary… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Giant-Size Main Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm in an Adult Patient with Ebstein Anomaly and Dextrocardia

  • Open Access

    CASE REPORT

    “Treat-Repair-Treat”: Management of Left Main Coronary Compression by a Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm in a Patient with Atrial Septal Defect and Significant Pulmonary Hypertension

    Andrei George Iosifescu, Roxana Enache, Ioana Marinică, Corina Radu, Vlad Anton Iliescu
    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.18, No.1, pp. 67-72, 2023, DOI:10.32604/chd.2023.026598
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease)
    Abstract Left main coronary compression syndrome (LMCS) may complicate pulmonary artery aneurysms (PAA), usually developed in the context of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We report the case of a 51-year-old female patient with an atrial septal defect (unsuitable for device closure) complicated by a PAA generating a 90% left main stenosis. The significant PAH held us back from immediate surgery. After specific dual PAH-targeted therapy (sildenafil and bosentan), the atrial septal defect could be closed with a unidirectional valved patch; the PAA-induced LMCS was treated by reductive arterioplasty. The postoperative course was uneventful. Follow-up showed clinical improvement, but PAH treatment was… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    “Treat-Repair-Treat”: Management of Left Main Coronary Compression by a Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm in a Patient with Atrial Septal Defect and Significant Pulmonary Hypertension

  • Open Access

    CASE REPORT

    Pentalogy of Cantrell with Pentalogy of Fallot and Left Ventricular Diverticulum

    Weimin Zhang, Zheng Liu, Tao Zhu, Qiang Huo
    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.18, No.1, pp. 73-78, 2023, DOI:10.32604/chd.2023.026404
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease)
    Abstract Pentalogy of Cantrell is a congenital anomaly characterized by a combination of birth defects involving the sternum, diaphragm, pericardium, abdominal wall, and heart. Pentalogy of Cantrell is a rare anomaly with high mortality. This paper describes the treatment of a 9-month-old girl with pentalogy of Cantrell, pentalogy of Fallot, and left ventricular diverticulum. The patient is alive and well 13 years after surgery. More >

  • Open Access

    CASE REPORT

    Emergency Hybrid Correction in a Newborn with Critical Aortic Valve Stenosis with Acute Pulmonary Edema in the First Hour after Birth

    Vitaliy Suvorov, Vladimir Zaitsev, Nikolay Pilyugov, Olga Tereshenko, Michail Komissarov
    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.18, No.1, pp. 57-65, 2023, DOI:10.32604/chd.2023.025522
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease)
    Abstract Critical aortic valve stenosis in newborns is the cause of a severe clinical condition with the onset of symptoms during first hours after birth. We present a clinical case of a successful surgical correction of a critical aortic stenosis using a hybrid method applied in a newborn during the first day of life. The infant was diagnosed with a hypoplastic left heart complex with an intact atrial septum (aortic and mitral valves stenosis variant), that led to the cardiogenic shock and acute pulmonary edema. The procedure included bilateral banding of the pulmonary artery branches and atrioseptostomy with stenting of the… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Emergency Hybrid Correction in a Newborn with Critical Aortic Valve Stenosis with Acute Pulmonary Edema in the First Hour after Birth

  • Open Access

    CASE REPORT

    A Rare Case of Transcatheter Closure of Both Inlet and Outlet of a Left Coronary Artery-to-Left Ventricular Fistula with Giant Coronary Artery Aneurysm

    Yifan Li, Zewen Chen, Jian Zhuang, Zhiwei Zhang
    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.17, No.5, pp. 541-549, 2022, DOI:10.32604/chd.2022.024907
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease)
    Abstract A congenital coronary artery fistula (CCAF) combined with giant coronary aneurysm (CAA) is a rare congenital cardiac abnormality. We reported an 8-year-old patient who underwent transcatheter closure of both inlet and outlet of a proximal left coronary artery (LCA)-to-left ventricular (LV) fistula with CAA of 41 mm × 28 mm in diameter, during which acute occlusion of left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) occurred immediately after device implantation at the inlet of fistula. We managed to prevent the patient from major adverse cardiac events by conservative therapy with dual antiplatelet agents instead of surgical removal of the device. The patient… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    A Rare Case of Transcatheter Closure of Both Inlet and Outlet of a Left Coronary Artery-to-Left Ventricular Fistula with Giant Coronary Artery Aneurysm

  • Open Access

    CASE REPORT

    Life Threatening Broad QRS Tachycardia in an Infant with Conduction Disorder and SCN5A Mutation

    Elio Caruso, Silvia Farruggio, Alfredo Di Pino, Paolo Guccione, Mohammadrafie Khorgami
    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.17, No.5, pp. 551-556, 2022, DOI:10.32604/chd.2022.023711
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nightmare Case Reports in Congenital Heart Disease)
    Abstract We present the case of an infant admitted to our department for a rapid broad complex tachycardia and cardiovascular collapse. The patient was submitted to genetic testing because of a conduction defect at baseline ECG and family history of gene mutation. A new SCN5A gene mutation variant was found leading to diagnosis of sodium-channel dysfunction arrhythmia. More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Life Threatening Broad QRS Tachycardia in an Infant with Conduction Disorder and <i>SCN5A</i> Mutation

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