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Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia

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Arq. Bras. Cardiol. vol.98 no.4 São Paulo Apr. 2012 



Case 3/2012 - 16-year old patient with transposition of great arteries and pulmonary stenosis in natural evolution



Edmar Atik

Instituto do Coração do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

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Keywords: transposition of great vessels; pulmonary valve stenosis; heart murmurs; anoxia.



Clinical data: heart murmur, cyanosis and fatigue are observed from birth, with clear worsening in recent years. Without proper medical treatment, 83% hematocrit and hemoglobin concentration of 28 g were recently found. Repeated hemapheresis decreased hematocrit to 73%. No specific medication had been administered since birth.

Physical examination: Regular general condition, eupneic, marked cyanosis, normal pulses. Weight: 42.6 kg; height: 160 cm; BP: 105/65 mmHg; HR: 82 bpm, RR: 20 rpm. O2 saturation: 75%. The aorta was discreetly palpated at the suprasternal notch.

Precordial systolic impulsions were discrete, sharp systolic thrill across the left sternal border. Apical impulse was not palpable. Heart sounds were very loud and systolic murmur was sharp throughout the left sternal border with radiation to the aortic area. The liver was not palpable and the lungs were clear.


Complementary tests

Electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm and signs of sharp right ventricular overload with rsR's' morphology and negative T wave in V1; abrupt transition of the QRS complex from V1 to V2; along with right atrial overload with P wave peaked with 3 mm amplitude in D2. AP: +60º, AQRS: +170º, AT: +20º (Fig. 1).

Chest radiography showed cardiac area within normal limits, with rounded morphology. The middle arch is excavated and the pulmonary vasculature is slightly increased (Fig. 1).

Echocardiography (fig. 2) showed very hypertrophied cardiac chambers, especially the right ventricle. The atrioventricular valves were normal and inflow ventricular septal defect extending to the outflow measured 17 mm with bidirectional shunt. The biventricular function was preserved. The posterior pulmonary valve was thickened and had hypoplasia of the pulmonary ring. Straddling the anterior mitral valve at the top of the ventricular septum was clear. The measures were RV=22, LV=42, TV=29, MV=25, RPA=16, LPA=19 mm.

Magnetic resonance imaging showed the same aspects with ventricular septal defect of 19 mm; increased atria; Vd2RV = 90 ml/m2 and Vd2LV=112 ml/m2; RVEF = 62%; LVEF = 61%. The ventricular septum measured 12 mm and the posterior wall, 7 mm. Pulmonary stenosis was severe.

Cardiac catheterization was not performed given the appropriate diagnostic conclusion by other tests.

Clinical diagnosis: transposition of great arteries with ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis, and straddling of mitral valve at the top of the ventricular septum in severe hypoxia.

Clinical reasoning: The clinical elements led to cyanotic congenital heart disease of transposition of great arteries due to accentuated second sound in the presence of ventricular septal defect murmur and pulmonary stenosis radiating to the aortic area. Radiographic elements such as increased pulmonary blood flow and excavated middle arch led to the diagnosis of transposition of great arteries associated with the other defects mentioned. The elements of other images were decisive for the diagnosis of abnormalities.

Differential diagnosis: Other heart diseases that are associated with pulmonary stenosis should also be considered in the clinical differentiation, such as right ventricular outflow, double inlet ventricle and other similar functional anomalies.

Conduct: There were doubts as to the corrective technique to be employed considering the severe right ventricular hypertrophy, a limiting element in directing the left ventricle into the aorta through ventricular septal defect along with placing a tube in the right ventricle to the pulmonary trunk. However, as the MRI had revealed appropriately sized right ventricular cavity, the Rastelli technique was performed with good initial progress. Valve straddling was not an impediment to directing the flow from the left ventricle into the aorta and aortic homograft of 20 mm from the right ventricle to the pulmonary arteries. Cardiopulmonary bypass and anoxic period were prolonged, 4h and 3:20 h, respectively.

Comments: Among the anomalies associated with transposition of great arteries, ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis are those which, when combined, allow evolution for a longer period. The evolution of this patient until 16 years of age without complications with no use of specific drugs attests this statement. Chronic hypoxia, however, was responsible for an exaggerated elevation of hematocrit at high risk of thrombosis and pulmonary stenosis to myocardial hypertrophy. These adverse evolutionary aspects entail adverse consequences even after corrective surgery, interfering with subsequent developments.





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Edmar Atik
Av. Dr. Enéas Carvalho de Aguiar, 44
05403-000 - São Paulo, SP

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