Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery with an Interarterial Course: Understanding Current Management Strategies in Children and Young Adults
ABSTRACT Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery from the opposite sinus of Valsalva with an interarterial course (AAOCA) is a rare congenital anomaly that is the second leading cardiovascular cause of sudden death in children and adolescents. Management practices with respect to this lesion vary among clinicians. We surveyed practitioners' opinions on treatment and management strategies for patients with AAOCA. A 17-question "Patient Management Questionnaire" was sent to all Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society (CHSS) members (n = 90), who were asked to respond and to distribute the questionnaire to pediatric cardiologists and nurse practitioners at their institutions. Questions addressed patient presentation, diagnostic modalities, therapeutic intervention, complications to therapy, follow-up visits, and type and frequency of follow-up testing. Descriptive statistics were used for analyses. We received 113 responses. Almost all respondents agree that ischemia at presentation or with provocative testing warrants surgical repair, whereas the majority believes that any patient with symptoms but no evidence of ischemia should have surgery. Approximately one-half and one-third of the respondents manage patients who are awaiting surgery or not having surgery by completely restricting exercise or not allowing competitive athletics, respectively. In asymptomatic patients, patient age determines timing of surgical repair but almost one-quarter did not believe that an asymptomatic child should undergo surgery. Among patients managed medically, there were six sudden deaths; there were two deaths in those who had surgical repair. There is marked heterogeneity in physician opinions regarding AAOCA treatment and management. A multicenter registry would facilitate the development of evidence-based treatment and management guidelines for children and young adults with AAOCA.
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ABSTRACT: Among the wide spectrum of congenital abnormalities of coronary arteries, a single coronary artery is often confused with an ectopic coronary artery connected with the contralateral coronary artery. Both abnormalities are characterized by a single coronary ostium, but they differ by the lack or not of an initial ectopic course. The prognosis of anomalous connections of coronary arteries depends mainly on the type of the initial course in relation to other cardiac structures. Therefore, the distinction between a single coronary artery and an ectopic coronary artery connected with the contralateral artery is of importance.Annales de cardiologie et d'angeiologie 09/2013; · 0.30 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Anomalous origin of the coronary artery from the contralateral sinus of Valsalva, coursing between the aorta and pulmonary artery, has garnered much attention because of its association with sudden death. Current medical opinion is heavily skewed toward "successful" intervention. However, two key issues have not been critically analyzed: what is the true risk of sudden death from an anomalous coronary artery, and how does this risk balance against the risk of surgical intervention? Common misconceptions about risk derive from citations of autopsy data. In fact, the scant available data suggest a far lower absolute risk than commonly cited. The risks of surgical intervention, while likely quite low, remain real, and include aortic valve damage and neurological sequelae. The lack of long-term outcomes data precludes any definite recommendations in most patients. The decision to intervene is thus not straightforward, and should be approached cautiously and only after appropriate counseling of the patient.International Journal of Cardiology 08/2005; 102(3):383-9. DOI:10.1016/j.ijcard.2004.10.010 · 6.18 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: There are limited data regarding contemporary models of care delivery for patients undergoing congenital heart surgery. The purpose of this survey was to evaluate current US practice patterns in this patient population. METHODS: Cross-sectional evaluation of US centers caring for patients undergoing congenital heart surgery was performed using an internet-based survey. Data regarding post-operative care were collected and described overall, and compared in centers with a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) vs. dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). RESULTS: A total of 94 (77%) of the estimated 122 US centers performing congenital heart surgery participated in the survey. The majority (79%) of centers were affiliated with a university. Approximately half were located in a free standing children's hospital, and half in a children's hospital in a hospital. Fifty-five percent provided care in a PICU vs. a CICU. A combination of cardiologists and/or critical care physicians made up the largest proportion of physicians primarily responsible for post-operative care. Trainee involvement most often included critical care fellows (53%), pediatric residents (53%), and cardiology fellows (47%). Many centers (76%) also utilized physician extenders. In centers with a CICU, there was greater involvement of cardiologists and physicians with dual training (cardiology and critical care), fellows vs. residents, and physician extenders. CONCLUSION: Results of this survey demonstrate variation in current models of care delivery utilized in patients undergoing congenital heart surgery in the US. Further study is necessary to evaluate the implications of this variability on quality of care and patient outcomes.04/2010; 1(1):8-14. DOI:10.1177/2150135109360915