Anomalous origin of one pulmonary artery from the ascending aorta (hemitruncus) in a premature infant: a case report and literature review

J Clin Ultrasound. 2014 Jul-Aug;42(6):367-70. doi: 10.1002/jcu.22119. Epub 2013 Dec 31.


Anomalous origin of one pulmonary artery from the aorta (AOPA) is a rare congenital anomaly. Here, we report the case of a premature infant with a delayed diagnosis of AOPA who died before surgical repair could be attempted, and we review the literature regarding the diagnosis and surgical approaches in premature infants with AOPA.

Keywords: aorta; congenital heart disease; pulmonary artery; pulmonary artery hypertension.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiography / methods
  • Aorta / abnormalities*
  • Echocardiography / methods
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis*
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Artery / abnormalities*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods