Hybrid Interventional Treatment of Iatrogenic Innominate Artery Aneurysm in a Child


  • Konrad Paczkowski Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, St. Adalbert’s Hospital, Gdańsk
  • Ireneusz Haponiuk Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, St. Adalbert’s Hospital, Gdańsk
  • Maciej Chojnicki Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, St. Adalbert’s Hospital, Gdańsk
  • Grażyna Brzezińska-Rajszys Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Polish-Children’s Health Memorial Institute, Warsaw




An iatrogenic aneurysm of an innominate artery is an extremely rare complication, especially in children. Nevertheless, this pathology was diagnosed in a child given palliative care with chronic respiratory insufficiency and a history of encephalitis requiring permanent ventilation at home via a tracheal tube.
A nine-year-old girl with colitis ulcerosa and a history of hemorrhagic encephalitis, with chronic home ventilation therapy, was admitted in an emergency setting because of massive bleeding from the upper respiratory tract and the area surrounding the tracheotomy. Repeated tamponade with topically applied thrombin, and administration of tranexamid acid and cyclonamine appeared ineffective  Because of a life-threatening condition and unknown origin of massive bleeding, the child was referred for cardiac catheterization with aortography before qualifying for surgery, with the option of alternative interventional treatment. An alternative option with PTFE-coated stent direct implantation into the brachiocephalic trunk from a peripheral vascular approach was performed. The girl was discharged home after a short recovery. Her chronic home ventilation was continued without additional problems.
Stenting of a brachiocephalic trunk aneurysm with a PTFE-coated stent appeared to be a safe and effective treatment of massive bleeding from the respiratory tract, with its main advantage of avoiding the risk of a classic surgical approach in a palliatively treated patient.


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How to Cite

Paczkowski, K., Haponiuk, I., Chojnicki, M., & Brzezińska-Rajszys, G. (2016). Hybrid Interventional Treatment of Iatrogenic Innominate Artery Aneurysm in a Child. The Heart Surgery Forum, 19(4), E203-E205. https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.1544




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