Aorta-to-left-atrial shunting through a previously performed heterotopic heart transplant: an unusual complication of orthotopic re-transplantation

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Dec;24(12):2290-2. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2005.04.021. Epub 2005 Aug 26.


Heterotopic heart transplantation is rarely performed today, except in cases of recipient-donor size mismatch and when addressing complications associated with recipient pulmonary artery hypertension. As in orthotopic cardiac transplantation, occurrence of allograft vasculopathy occasionally calls for re-transplantation. Although orthotopic re-transplantation without removal of the heterotopic allograft has been described previously, we report the case of a patient who presented with an unusual complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Echocardiography
  • Heart Atria
  • Heart Failure / etiology*
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Reoperation
  • Transplantation, Heterotopic