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A Rare Case of Late LAD Reimplantation after Arterial Switch Operation

Yannick Kabulo Kolela1,2, Maureen Klepper1,2, Geoffroy de Beco1,2, Thierry Sluysmans3, Alain Poncelet1,2,*
1 Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium
2 Pôle de Recherche Cardiovasculaire, Institut de Recherche Expérimentale et Clinique (IREC), Université Catholique de Louvain and Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium
3 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University Hospital Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium
* Corresponding Author: Alain Poncelet. Email:

Congenital Heart Disease 2022, 17(1), 99-106.

Received 26 May 2021; Accepted 15 July 2021; Issue published 26 October 2021


Arterial switch operation (ASO) is a complex neonatal operation in which transfer of the coronary arteries origins is the key to success. Coronary events after a successful ASO are not uncommon. We describe a rare case of a child who underwent an ASO in the neonatal period with one coronary (LAD) described as atretic left in place. At age seven, he developed myocardial ischemia due to retrograde flow with a steal phenomenon from the LAD into the pulmonary artery. The patient underwent a late LAD reimplantation. This case underscores that even very small ostia should be translocated at the time of ASO.


Late LAD reimplantation; arterial switch operation; transposition of the great arteries; congenital; surgery

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Kolela, Y. K., Klepper, M., Beco, G. D., Sluysmans, T., Poncelet, A. (2022). A Rare Case of Late LAD Reimplantation after Arterial Switch Operation. Congenital Heart Disease, 17(1), 99–106.

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