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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 948234, 3 pages
Case Report

Aortic Arch Thrombosis Mimicking Interrupted Aortic Arch

1Paediatric Intensive Care, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK
2University of East Anglia, Medical School, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

Received 5 March 2013; Accepted 31 March 2013

Academic Editors: K. Chergui, C. Lazzeri, and G. Pichler

Copyright © 2013 Richard Neal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report a case of a 32-week-gestation male who presented initially with symptoms suggestive of an interrupted aortic arch. The absence of a VSD prompted further investigations, including a CT angiogram, which revealed that he had an extensive thrombus in his aorta. He underwent a successful aortic thrombectomy with arch repair on cardiopulmonary bypass support. In view of the extensive thrombus, the patient was referred to the haematology team. There was no family history of prothrombotic tendencies.