Coarctation of aorta continues to be an important acyanotic heart disease . Now , early recognition and intervention is possible with the availability of sophisticated imaging and interventional modalities.
Our understanding of this entity , even though appears complete . . . it is not , especially the complexities of the collateral circulation and the associated malformation.Even in this 21 st century , unexpected circulatory compromise are reported in the postoperative phase from various vascular beds (Spinal, mesentric, limbs etc)
It is also surprising to note , much innocuous entities like ASDs ,VSDs have popular anatomical and functional classification.It is a rare excercise , for cardiology fellows to classify co-arctation of aorta .This , in spite of the fact, we have a meticulous classification suggested by Amato , way back in 1991 published in Annals of thoracic surgery .
Let us be aware of this . . . Click the link below for Amato’s classification