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Anomalous location of left coronary ostia with aorto-pulmonary window: a case report.


Aorto-pulmonary window is a rare, but well-described congenital heart disease. The combination of Aorta Pulmonary Window (APW) with an anomalous origin of right coronary artery from pulmonary artery is extremely rare and only a few cases have been reported worldwide. [1,2] The association of anomalous location of left coronary ostia with aorto-pulmonary window is not yet reported till date.


A two and a half months' old male infant was admitted with a history of intermittent tachypnoea and failure to thrive since birth. Relevant investigations were done of which transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a type 2 aortopulmonary window. Hence, surgery was performed on Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB) with moderate hypothermia and cold-blood cardioplegic arrest after cross clamping the aorta and looping and snugging the pulmonary artery. The aorta was opened vertically at the level of AP window and the edges were retracted. A large type 2 AP window measuring 1.5 cm was identified close to origin of right pulmonary artery.

The left coronary ostia, which is normally at the commissural level, was not seen. Instead, it was found above the sinotubular junction close to the AP window. The AP window was repaired using a PTFE patch in such a way that the left coronary ostia was excluded from the repair. Rewarming was started, the aorta was closed, the cross clamp released and the patient was weaned off of CPB. The postoperative period was uneventful. No ECG changes were noted. The patient was extubated after 8 hrs. of ventilation. The patient was discharged on the 7th post-operative day.




Aorto-pulmonary window is a deficiency in the septum between the aorta and pulmonary artery resulting in a communication between the two. It appears in approximately 0.15% of all congenital cardiac diseases. [3]

It has been classified into 3 types.

Type I (Proximal) Defects

Occur in the proximal part of the aorto-pulmonary septum between the aorta and main pulmonary artery.

Type II (Distal) Defects

Occur in the distal part of the aorto-pulmonary septum extending into right pulmonary artery.

Type III Defects

The right pulmonary artery arises from aorta.

Type I is the most common and type III is the rarest. [4,5] Aorto-pulmonary window is frequently found as an isolated lesion, but can be associated with various other congenital cardiac anomalies. [6,7,8] The most common lesions associated with APW are the following: aortic origin of the right pulmonary artery, type I interruption of the aortic arch, anomalous origin of the right coronary artery from the pulmonary artery and Tetralogy of Fallot. An APW is generally diagnosed provisionally by transthoracic echocardiography and confirmed by cardiac angiography. Cardiac angiography being an invasive procedure has certain inherent risks and at times cannot be performed. There are a few case reports of non-invasive diagnosis of an APW by CT angiography, helical CT with 3D reconstruction and MRI.


Accurate preoperative diagnosis of associated lesions is the key for an optimal surgical correction of aorto-pulmonary window.


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Vikas Singarajapura Ramakrishna (1), Durgaprasad Reddy Balureddy (2), Mayuri Srivastava (3)

(1) Senior Resident, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bangalore.

(2) Professor & HOD, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bangalore.

(3) Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bangalore.

Financial or Other, Competing Interest: None.

Submission 23-02-2016, Peer Review 20-03-2016, Acceptance 25-03-2016, Published 14-04-2016.

Corresponding Author:

Durgaprasad Reddy Balureddy, Professor & HOD, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, No. 82, EPIP Area, Whitefield, Bangalore-66, Karnataka.


DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2016/376
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Author:Ramakrishna, Vikas Singarajapura; Balureddy, Durgaprasad Reddy; Srivastava, Mayuri
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Date:Apr 14, 2016
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