Repair of unilateral absence of right pulmonary artery with contralateral pulmonary artery autograft interposition in an infant

Bilal M. S., Yildirim O., Avsar M., Ozyuksel A.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery, vol.99, no.4, pp.1467-1469, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 99 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.12.036
  • Journal Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1467-1469
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Unilateral absence of the pulmonary artery (PA) is a rare congenital abnormality. Although a traditional 2-stage approach with a preceding systemic-to-PA shunt followed by a definitive repair is mandatory in patients with absent extrapericardial pulmonary arteries, more creative solutions are necessary when 1-stage repair is concerned. We present a novel technique for repairing the absent intrapericardial right pulmonary artery (RPA) with a contralateral PA autograft segment interposition. We believe that this technique using solely autologous tissue is effective in patients in whom the intrapericardial segment of the PAs is absent.