Pulmonary sling. Case report and collective review

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1975 Feb;69(2):295-300.


The eighteenth survivor of correction of an anomalous left pulmonary artery arising from the right pulmonary artery is reported. This is the first case in which postoperative angiography demonstrated patency of the left pulmonary artery. The onset of symptoms in infancy, predominance of expiratory rather than inspiratory stridor, anterior indentation of the esophagus, and lethal progression of symptoms during the first year of life are peculiar to this anomaly. Operation through a left thoracotomy is advocated, with division of the proximal left pulmonary artery and implantation into the main pulmonary artery posterior to the phrenic nerve. Previously reported cases are collectively reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Angiography
  • Bronchography
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Artery / abnormalities*
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Artery / surgery
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / diagnostic imaging
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / etiology*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / surgery
  • Tracheal Stenosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Tracheal Stenosis / etiology*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / surgery