Descending aorta thrombus in a neonate mimicking coarctation of the aorta: Mechanical thrombectomy using the AngioJet® catheter


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Correspondence to: Ronald G. Grifka, MD, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University Of Michigan Congenital Heart Center Floor 11, 1540 E. Hospital Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4204. E-mail:


A 5-day-old neonate presented in shock, with signs and symptoms of severe coarctation of the aorta. He was diagnosed with a patent aortic arch, and a completely thrombosed abdominal aorta. The authors report the successful transcatheter removal of the entire thrombus using the AngioJet® Thrombectomy system. This represents the first published use of the AngioJet® catheter in the aorta of a pediatric patient. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.