Journal Information
Vol. 98. Issue 6.
Pages 486-487 (1 June 2023)
Vol. 98. Issue 6.
Pages 486-487 (1 June 2023)
Images in Paediatrics
Full text access
Percutaneous solution of post-cardiac surgery complications
Solución percutánea de complicaciones postcirugía cardiaca
Luis Fernandez Gonzaleza,
Corresponding author
, Roberto Blanco Mataa, Josune Arriola Meabea, Jose Miguel Galdeano Mirandab
a Cardiología Intervencionista, Hospital Universitario de Cruces, Baracaldo, Vizcaya, Spain
b Cardiología Pediátrica, Hospital Universitario de Cruces, Baracaldo, Vizcaya, Spain
This item has received
Article information
Full Text
Download PDF
Figures (3)
Show moreShow less
Additional material (2)
Full Text

We present the case of an infant aged 2 months with dextrotransposition of the great arteries who had undergone arterial switch surgery. The patient could not be extubated due to left-side chylothorax1 and haemoptysis, with radiological evidence of occlusive thrombosis of the left jugular-subclavian venous system and an aberrant right bronchial artery2 originating from the right subclavian artery (Fig. 1). The chosen approach was percutaneous procedure in 2 steps. A dual femoral approach was used for venous recanalization, reaching the left jugular vein through the intracranial venous system, then advancing through the innominate vein to the origin of the left jugular vein, establishing a veno-venous shunt. This was followed by progressive balloon predilatation, in which the largest calibre corresponded to a Tyshak mini balloon (NuMED) measuring 6 × 20 mm, achieving recanalization of the innominate artery and the left jugular and subclavian arteries (Fig. 2; Appendix B, video 1).

Figure 1.

Computed tomography images. (A and B). Thrombosis of the left jugular-subclavian system. (C and D) Aberrant right bronchial artery originating from the right subclavian artery.

Figure 2.

(A–C) Advance of the angioplasty guide wire and microcatheter from the right internal jugular vein through the intracranial venous system to the left jugular vein. (D) Crossing through the innominate vein to establish the veno-venous shunt. (E and F) Progressive balloon predilatation. (G) Final result with patency of the left jugular-subclavian venous system. (H) Follow-up Doppler ultrasound examination before discharge confirming the persistence of luminal patency.


A second procedure, via arterial access, involved selective catheterization of the bronchial artery, advancing a coronary guidewire and a Cantata microcatheter (Cook medical, USA) to the medial region, where 6 microcoils were delivered, achieving full embolization (Fig. 3; Appendix B, video 2). The outcome was favourable, and the patient could be extubated and discharged from hospital.

Figure 3.

(A) Selective catheterization with multipurpose catheter from the left subclavian artery. (B) Coronary guidewire advanced over the microcatheter to the medial bronchial artery. (C and D) Release of coils, achieving effective embolization of the vessel.

Appendix A
Supplementary data

The following are Supplementary data to this article:


P. Álvarez Vega, S. Cadenas Menéndez, A. Sánchez Serrano, J.L. Fernández Sánchez, M.J. Martín Sánchez, M. López Zubizarreta.
Chylothorax due to upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis.
Arch Bronconeumol, 53 (2017), pp. 83-84
T. Sismanlar, A.T. Aslan, K. Akkan, E. Cindil, B. Onal, B. Ozcan.
Successful embolization in childhood hemoptysis due to abnormal systemic arterial bleeding of the lung and review of the literature.
Clin Respir J, 10 (2016), pp. 693-697
Copyright © 2022. Asociación Española de Pediatría
Anales de Pediatría (English Edition)
Article options
Supplemental materials
es en

¿Es usted profesional sanitario apto para prescribir o dispensar medicamentos?

Are you a health professional able to prescribe or dispense drugs?