Two-stage repair of adult coarctation of the aorta with congenital valvular lesions

Ann Thorac Surg. 1997 Nov;64(5):1309-11. doi: 10.1016/S0003-4975(97)00814-X.


Background: Coarctation of the aorta associated with intracardiac pathologic conditions presenting in adult life poses some technical and management challenges. When deciding on the best surgical strategy, the surgeon must pay careful attention to the changes that will occur in the circulation.

Methods: In our small series of 3 patients, the intracardiac pathologic lesions were corrected first, and the coarctation was repaired as a second-stage procedure 2 to 3 months later.

Results: All patients had an uneventful recovery from both operations. The potential problems of renal impairment caused by inadequate perfusion during bypass and perioperative systemic hypertensive complications resulting from coarctation of the aorta were not observed. At the time of coarctation repair as a second-stage procedure, anticoagulation was easily controlled. All 3 patients had short intensive care unit and hospital stays.

Conclusions: Staged surgical repair of this complex pathologic combination in adult patients is a safe option and is easy to manage perioperatively.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aortic Coarctation / complications
  • Aortic Coarctation / surgery*
  • Heart Valve Diseases / complications
  • Heart Valve Diseases / congenital
  • Heart Valve Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications