Coronary bypass grafting without use of cardiopulmonary bypass for dextrocardia

Emir Mujanovic, Jacob Bergsland, Ademir Tursic, Sanja Stanimirovic-Mujanovic, Emir Kabil
Medicinski Arhiv 2011, 65 (1): 56-7
Dextrocardia is a condition in which the heart is pointed toward the right side of the chest instead of normally pointing to the left. The rate of atherosclerotic heart disease in subjects with this condition is similar to that of the general population. We present a patient with situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting without use of cardiopulmonary bypass (OPCAB). A 74-year-old man who was known to have dextrocardia with situs inversus was admitted to the hospital because of angina. Coronary angiography was performed and showed ostial occlusion of the left anterior descendng artery (LAD) unsuitable for percutaneous coronary interventions but collatereralised from the right coronary artery. Patient underwent OPCAB under general anestesia. Right internal mammary artery was anastomosed to LAD on the beating heart with the surgeon standing on the right side of the patient. The patient's post-operative course was uneventful, and he was discharged on the 6th postoperative day in good condition. Performing OPCAB surgery is not technically more demanding, and present no unusual challenge on patients with dextrocardia.

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