2019 AMI Online Salon

Fetal Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty for Critical Aortic Stenosis

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: MedDraw Studio / Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Entrant Name: Mandy Root-Thompson
  • Membership Type: Professional Submission
  • Address: Westerville, OH
  • Client: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: 2 page magazine spread
  • Primary Audience: Pediatric clinicians and researchers

Project Description

The purpose of this piece is to educate pediatric clinicians and researchers by giving a general overview of the fetal balloon aortic valvuloplasty technique performed by Dr. Aimee Armstrong at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Some heart defects, such as aortic stenosis can be detected on fetal ultrasound and for some fetuses, an intervention can be beneficial before birth. When critical aortic stenosis is present in a second trimester fetus, the left ventricle becomes enlarged and weak. As a result, there is less blood flow through the left side of the heart. This can cause the left ventricle to stop growing, leading to hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Through fetal treatment of the critical aortic stenosis, doctors hope to prevent the formation of HLHS.

Pediatrics Nationwide magazine is a channel for knowledge exchange among pediatric clinicians and researchers and gives an overview of new pediatric surgical techniques and new research.