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Balloon Expandable Stents for Coarctation of the Aorta: Current Status and Technical Considerations: Case Report


Kritvikrom Durongpisitkul, MD*, Duangmanee Laohaprasitiporn, MD*,
Prakul Chanthong, MD**, Pradit Panchavinnin, MD***

* Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
** Her Majesty Cardiac Center, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
*** Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University


Background: Balloon expandable stents have been used to manage coarctation of the aorta (Co) in selected patients with very encouraging results.
Material and Method: The authors report here the first group of patients with Co who underwent a successful implantation of the new Palmaz GenesisTM stent with intermediate term follow up.
Results: There were 5 patients with an age range from 14 to 23 years old. All of them had significant Co and were receiving multiple anti-hypertensive medications. Primary stenting was performed in all patients. All of them had an immediate relief of the gradient. All antihypertensive medications were discontinued immediately in 4 patients. All patients had one year follow up which revealed a minimum gradient. One patient continues to receive oral antihypertensive medication.
Conclusion: In patients with coarctation of the aorta (native or recoarctation of aorta), stent implantation may be a feasible and improved option to relieve the stenosis. Short and mid term followup of these patients have shown encouraging results.

Keyword : Coarctation of aorta, angioplasty, stent, balloon dilatation

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