Lung Ultrasound in Congenital Cardiac Abnormality: ALCAPA

Cristina De Rose, Piero Valentini, Antonietta Curatola, Rosa Morello, Anna Maria Musolino, Marco Piastra, Danilo Buonsenso

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Anomalous origin of left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a life-threatening ischemic congenital cardiac disease, resulting in myocardial dysfunction and heart failure within the first year of life. The authors report the case of a 1-mo-old infant with a radiological diagnosis of pneumonia handled with point-of-care lung ultrasound (POCUS) due to the persistence of dyspnea, despite a week of antibiotic therapy. Lung ultrasound showed a non-univocal interpretation of the lesion and gave indication to the second level instrumental diagnostics that confirmed the presence of ALCAPA. There is no case of lung ultrasound aiding to the early diagnosis of ALCAPA and no indirect ecographic signs of ALCAPA that have been described in literature yet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Bland White Garland Syndrome
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lung/diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Artery/diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography


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