This photo is a picture of the
whole aortic arch of the same patient. This condition you can
see there was also Coarctation of the Aorta which was repaired.
This condition is an interesting association with the Bicuspic
Aortic Valve. Most of the time if there is an obstruction high
up in the stream there is also an obstruction down the stream
at the level of the Aortic Arch. So, when the doctors look and
found that your child may have a narrowing at the Aortic Valve
they also look at the Aortic Arch and all its branches to be
sure there are no abnormalities or narrowings.
In this picture the Left Subclavian
Artery was taken to reinforce the previous narrowing in the Aorta
and now the area looks fairly patent and open after the surgery.
Please refer to the Subclavian Flap Operation
in Coarcation of the Aorta for more information.