Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 177--178

An exceedingly rare association of an isolated right subclavian artery with transposition of great vessels


Mumun Sinha, Niraj Nirmal Pandey, Arun Sharma, Priya Jagia 
 Department of Cardiovascular Radiology and Endovascular Interventions, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Priya Jagia
Department of Cardiovascular Radiology and Endovascular Interventions, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
India

Abstract

Isolation of the right subclavian artery (RSCA), defined as loss of continuity between the RSCA and aorta, is a rare anomaly and its association with dextrotransposition of great arteries (D-TGA) is exceedingly unusual. We present the case of a 5-day-old neonate with cyanosis from birth and a transthoracic echocardiographic diagnosis of D-TGA, where on computed tomography angiography, the RSCA was seen arising from the proximal part of the ipsilateral pulmonary artery via a patent right ductus arteriosus.



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Sinha M, Pandey NN, Sharma A, Jagia P. An exceedingly rare association of an isolated right subclavian artery with transposition of great vessels.Ann Pediatr Card 2020;13:177-178


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Sinha M, Pandey NN, Sharma A, Jagia P. An exceedingly rare association of an isolated right subclavian artery with transposition of great vessels. Ann Pediatr Card [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jun 7 ];13:177-178
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 Clinical Summary



A 5-day-old neonate with cyanosis from birth and a transthoracic echocardiographic diagnosis of dextrotransposition of great arteries (D-TGA) underwent cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) for further evaluation of cardiac and extracardiac anatomy. CTA revealed situs solitus with dextroversion, ventriculoarterial discordance with D-TGA, ventricular septal defect (VSD), and good-sized confluent pulmonary arteries. Interestingly, the right subclavian artery (RSCA) was seen arising from the proximal part of the ipsilateral pulmonary artery via a patent right ductus arteriosus (DA) in the presence of a left-sided aortic arch [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

 Discussion



Isolation of subclavian artery is defined as loss of continuity between subclavian artery and aorta, with the subclavian artery being connected to the ipsilateral pulmonary artery via a patent/restrictive/closed DA. It generally involves the left subclavian artery (LSCA) and is usually associated with intracardiac (most commonly: tetralogy of Fallot) or aortic arch anomalies. It is always seen on the side contralateral to the aortic arch. Isolation of LSCA is a very rare anomaly seen only in ~0.8% of all right aortic arches, whose incidence itself is ~0.05% in the general population.[1],[2] Isolation of RSCA is even rarer (seen four times less frequently as compared to isolation of LSCA) and an association with D-TGA is exceedingly unusual, making this case an exceedingly rare entity.

Its development can be explained by the embryological occlusion of the right fourth arch distal to the right common carotid artery and persistence of the right sixth arch, which forms the right-sided patent DA and connects with the seventh cervical intersegmental artery.

In the presence of a patent DA and reduced pulmonary blood flow, pulmonary and subclavian steal may cause vertebrobasilar insufficiency. When the ductus is restrictive or closed, only subclavian steal occurs with a relatively lesser risk of cerebral symptoms. In the presence of elevated pulmonary arterial pressures, due to VSD or contralateral patent DA, the direction of shunt may be reversed from the pulmonary to the subclavian artery. Although its presence may be suspected in the setting of unilateral pulmonary plethora in a cyanotic child or in the presence of cerebral symptoms, definitive diagnosis is often possible only on orthogonal imaging. Ligating the DA and surgical reimplanting the RSCA to the ipsilateral common carotid artery at the time of primary cardiac repair would be the ideal albeit a technically challenging management option. The patient in question underwent an arterial switch operation with ligation of the DA [Figure 2].{Figure 2}

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