Truncus arteriosus communis with interrupted aortic arch: successful repair using a novel technique

Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Feb;95(2):714-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.06.019.


We report a successful one-stage biventricular repair of truncus arteriosus communis with interrupted aortic arch in a neonate. This newborn girl was diagnosed with truncus arteriosus communis type III-B (Congenital Heart Surgeons Society classification) by the echocardiography and three-dimensional computed tomography. We present a new reconstructive approach for such heart defects, involving a modified Lecompte maneuver combined with arch reconstruction, by suturing the ascending aorta to the descending aorta in end-to-end fashion called the swing-back technique.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aorta, Thoracic / abnormalities*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Remission Induction
  • Truncus Arteriosus, Persistent / complications*
  • Truncus Arteriosus, Persistent / surgery*
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods