Cardiology in the Young

Brief Reports

Neonatal ascending aortic thrombus: successful medical treatment

Roberto Gallottia1, Cheryl E. Cammocka2, Natalia Dixona3 and Yoshio Ootakia1 c1

a1 Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

a2 Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

a3 Division of Pediatrics Hematology-Oncology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Abstract

Neonatal aortic thrombosis is a potentially life-threatening condition with significant morbidity and mortality if undiagnosed and untreated. The most common location of arterial thrombosis in neonates is in the abdominal aorta and is associated with umbilical artery catheterisation. There are only a few previous reports of thrombosis in the ascending aorta. We describe a case of ascending aortic thrombosis in a neonate who underwent successful thrombolytic therapy.

(Received May 21 2012)

(Accepted July 28 2012)

(Online publication October 03 2012)

Keywords

  • Aorta;
  • ascending aorta;
  • blood coagulation/anticoagulation;
  • thrombosis

Correspondence

c1 Correspondence to: Dr Y. Ootaki, MD, PhD, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157, United States of America. Tel: +1336 716 2218; Fax: +1336 713 2242; E-mail: y.ootaki@nifty.com

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