Aortic-left ventricular tunnel is an infrequent congenital heart lesion consisting of an abnormal tubular-shaped communication between the aortic root and the left ventricle that bypasses the aortic valve. It is clinically undistinguishable from aortic insufficiency. Its prompt and precise diagnosis is crucial since early surgical treatment is definitely indicated, in contrast to aortic insufficiency. In our case, two-dimensional and pulsed color-flow Doppler imaging established the diagnosis, and the transesophageal approach was a great aid in detecting the aortic opening with its turbulent diastolic flow, and in tracing its intramyocardial course. This paper may be of interest not just as a new case-report but insofar as it stresses how importantly the transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiographic and Doppler scanning contributes to its diagnosis and therapeutic indication.
|Journal||Revista española de cardiología|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1995|