Resuspension of the aortic valve in acute type A dissection: long-term results

Immer, Franz F; Aeschimann, Rahel; Englberger, Lars; Stadler, Mario; Eckstein, Friedrich S; Tevaearai, Hendrik; Schmidli, Jürg; Carrel, Thierry P (2008). Resuspension of the aortic valve in acute type A dissection: long-term results. Journal of heart valve disease, 17(1), 94-7; discussion 97. Pinner, UK: ICR Publishers

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BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Preservation of the aortic valve during the repair of acute type A aortic dissection (AADA) is a viable option to prevent lifelong oral anticoagulation. The study aim was to assess aortic valve function following resuspension and supracoronary ascending aortic grafting. METHODS: Among a collective of 210 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for AADA, 140 (66.7%) with resuspension of the aortic valve and supracoronary ascending graft were analyzed. Of these patients, 83 (59.3%) had a complete follow up (mean 61.2 +/- 40.8 months), with 65 of the subgroup (78.3%) being followed by computed tomography scanning and echocardiography. RESULTS: Reoperation due to severe aortic valve regurgitation was required in seven patients (10.8%). The perioperative characteristics were similar in these patients; notably, no significant difference was evident with regards to the aortic annulus diameter and the severity of regurgitation at the time of surgery. The left ventricular mass index was significantly higher in patients requiring reoperation due to aortic valve regurgitation (219.3 +/- 146.6 versus 123.9 +/- 146.6 g/m2; p <0.05). None of the patients died as a result of reoperation. CONCLUSION: The long-term functional results following resuspension of the aortic valve in AADA were very good. A close echocardiographic follow up was necessary, as reoperation of the aortic valve was required in more than 10% of the collective, with an average follow up of five years. Reoperation was mainly related to secondary dilatation of the aortic root.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

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Immer, Franz F.; Englberger, Lars; Stalder, Mario; Eckstein, Friedrich Stefan; Tevaearai, Hendrik; Schmidli, Jürg and Carrel, Thierry






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04 Oct 2013 15:05

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05 Dec 2022 14:20

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