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Acute aortic syndrome

Marina Pieri, Alessandro Belletti, Fabrizio Monaco, Antonio Pisano, Mario Musu, Veronica Dalessandro, Giacomo Monti, Gabriele Finco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing cardiac surgery, a reduced preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is common and is associated with a worse outcome. Available outcome data for these patients address specific surgical procedures, mainly coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Aim of our study was to investigate perioperative outcome of surgery on patients with low pre-operative LVEF undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: Data from patients with pre-operative LVEF ≤40 % undergoing cardiac surgery at a university hospital were reviewed and analyzed...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Dae Young Hyun, Myung Ho Jeong, Doo Sun Sim, Yun Ah Jeong, Kyung Hoon Cho, Min Chul Kim, Hyun Kuk Kim, Hae Chang Jeong, Keun Ho Park, Young Joon Hong, Jun Han Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Jung Chaee Kang
Background/Aims: This study appraised the long term clinical outcomes of patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) disease. There are limited data regarding long-term clinical outcomes after PCI for ULMCA disease. Methods: From 2001 to 2011, a total of 448 patients who underwent PCI for ULMCA disease and had 2-year clinical follow-up, were analyzed. The study patients were divided into two groups: group I (stable angina pectoris [SAP], n = 60, 48 men, 62 ± 10 years) and group II (acute coronary syndrome [ACS], n = 388, 291 men, 64 ± 10 years)...
October 18, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Jae-Kwan Song
The successful clinical introduction of various non-invasive imaging modalities has contributed to the establishment of 'acute aortic syndrome', a relatively new clinical syndrome incorporating several disease entities with similar clinical features (at the time of clinical presentation). Aortic dissection (AD) with intimal flap and two aortic channels (true and false lumens) is the most important disease entity in acute aortic syndrome. Clinical characteristics of AD have been established, with standardized treatment strategies depending on the affected site of the aorta...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Linfeng Qian, Junnan Zheng, Hongfei Xu, Liping Shi, Lanjuan Li
BACKGROUND: Patients with respiratory failure caused by H7N9 may benefit from veno-venous, veno-arterial, and veno-veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. CASE SUMMARY: A 55-year-old male patient was suffering from H7N9-caused acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). He had a mechanical mitral and aortic valve replacement surgery and was using warfarin for anticoagulation. After prolonged mechanical ventilation, oxygen saturation was not improved...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Anca Meda Georgescu, Leonard Azamfirei, Krisztina Szalman, Edit Szekely
BACKGROUND: Over the last decades Staphylococcus aureus (SA) has become the dominant etiology of native valve infective endocarditis, with the community-acquired methicillin-sensible Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MSSA) strains being the prevailing type. CASE: We report here a case of extremely severe CA-MSSA aortic valve acute endocarditis associated with persistent Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) in a previously healthy man and include a literature review.The patient developed severe and rare complications (purpura, purulent pericarditis, intracerebral hematoma, and rhabdomyolysis) through systemic embolism; they required drainage of pericardial empyema and cerebral hematoma, the latter eventually caused a fatal outcome...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Giovanni Teruzzi, Giuseppe Calligaris, Paolo Ravagnani, Daniela Trabattoni, Luca Grancini, Giovanni Monizzi, Alessandro Lualdi, Antonio L Bartorelli
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) accounts approximately for 0.2% of cases of acute coronary syndrome. It is defined "spontaneous" in absence of any coronary wall damage. This disease affects primarily young women in good health, with no risk factors for coronary artery disease, especially during the postpartum period. Since the clinical presentation varies widely from no symptoms to typical angina and sudden cardiac death, SCAD incidence is underestimated.A 40-year-old woman, in the 8th week after delivery, was admitted to our emergency department because of acute chest pain, and a diagnosis of inferior and posterior non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction was made...
October 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Valerie R Madden, Gretchen L Schoeffler
OBJECTIVE: To describe clinically significant thromboembolism as the result of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) in a dog. CASE SUMMARY: A 3-year-old neutered female Boxer was evaluated for 2-week history of progressive respiratory difficulty and hemoptysis. A brief thoracic ultrasound performed shortly after presentation identified a presumed thrombus within the left atrium. Initial blood work revealed a marked eosinophilia 6.8 × 10(9) /L (6.8 × 10(3) /μL; reference interval, 0...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Miguel Manzur, Sukgu M Han, Joie Dunn, Ramsey S Elsayed, Fernando Fleischman, Yolee Casagrande, Fred A Weaver
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the outcomes of patients with acute aortic syndrome (AAS) during and after transfer to a regional aortic center by a rapid transport system. METHODS: Review of patients with AAS who were transferred by a rapid transport system to a regional aortic center was performed. Data regarding demographics, diagnosis, comorbidities, transportation, and hospital course were acquired. Severity of existing comorbidities was determined by the Society for Vascular Surgery Comorbidity Severity Score (SVSCSS)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Jack B Keenan, Rajesh Janardhanan, Brandon T Larsen, Zain Khalpey
A 24-year-old man with systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome complicated by lupus nephritis presented with acute limb ischaemia secondary to an embolus. Following embolectomy, the patient underwent a transthoracic echocardiogram which revealed a large vegetation on all three cusps of the aortic valve. The patient was taken for an urgent aortic valve replacement with a mechanical valve. Cultures of one cusp remained sterile. Histopathological examination of the remaining two cusps revealed sterile fibrin-rich thrombotic vegetations characteristic of non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis...
October 4, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Gabriele Piffaretti, Stefania Ferraro, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Edoardo Macchi, Alessandro Bacuzzi, Patrizio Castelli
Primary malignant tumors of the aorta are extremely rare, and the diagnosis is difficult from the clinical onset. Accordingly to the principles of cancer surgery, "en bloc" resection of the tumor-involved aorta and graft interposition is the gold-standard, but it is still technically challenging and co-morbidities may rule out some patients from an operative treatment. Thoracic endovascular aortic repair has been reported anecdotally but it is an ease and rapid alternative in urgent circumstances, and proved to be effective to relieve symptoms caused by these lesions...
October 1, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Neal S Gerstein, Lindsay J Jinkins, Liem C Nguyen, Timothy M Maus, Todd S Dettmer, Lev Deriy
Aortic rupture and transection are constituents of the acute aortic syndrome. Injury to the thoracic aorta during motor vehicle crashes is associated with blunt chest trauma and rapid deceleration mechanisms. Type A dissections and/or rupture of the aorta at the level of the aortic isthmus are the more common presentations of aortic injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes. We present the case of atypical echocardiographic findings of a nearly complete circumferential transection of the proximal ascending aorta injury after a motorcycle crash...
October 4, 2016: Echocardiography
Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, Jean Paul Gottret, Rohan Menon, Ibrahim Sultan, Zara Abbas, Mary Siki, Matthew Kramer, Aaron Pulsipher, Suveeksha Naidu, Alberto Pochettino, Kariana Milewski, Wilson Y Szeto, Joseph E Bavaria
BACKGROUND: In acute DeBakey I aortic dissection presenting with malperfusion syndromes, we assessed whether standard open repair with concomitant antegrade stent grafting (thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair; TEVAR) of the descending thoracic aorta (DTA) improves outcomes compared with standard repair alone. METHODS: From 2005 to 2012, 277 patients with acute DeBakey I dissection underwent emergent operation. Of these, 104 patients (37%) presenting with end-organ malperfusion were divided into those undergoing standard distal repair entailing transverse hemiarch replacement (Standard group, n = 65) versus standard repair with concomitant DTA TEVAR during circulatory arrest (TEVAR group, n = 39)...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Masashi Kawabori, Tsuyoshi Kaneko
Acute aortic syndrome represents a group of potentially lethal aortic diseases, including classic acute aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, and penetrating atherosclerotic aortic ulcer. Among these conditions, type A aortic dissection is the most common acute presentation. Only surgical interventions are recommended in guidelines as lifesaving procedures for type A dissection. Despite new diagnostic imaging methods, advanced surgical strategy, and improved postoperative management in the over 250-year history of aortic dissection, in-hospital mortality and morbidity rates still remain high...
September 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
Jae-Kwan Song
The successful clinical introduction of various non-invasive imaging modalities has contributed to the establishment of 'acute aortic syndrome', a relatively new clinical syndrome incorporating several disease entities with similar clinical features (at the time of clinical presentation). Aortic dissection (AD) with intimal flap and two aortic channels (true and false lumens) is the most important disease entity in acute aortic syndrome. Clinical characteristics of AD have been established, with standardized treatment strategies depending on the affected site of the aorta...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hans-Joachim Trappe
Consciousness disorders may have many causes, mainly cardiac arrhythmias. The incidence of bradyarrhythmias (BA) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is 0.3-18 % and caused by sinus node dysfunction (SND), high degree atrioventricular (AV) block or bundle branch blocks. SND are sinus bradycardia or sinus arrest. 1st degree AV-block occurs in 4-13 % of patients with ACS caused by rhythm disturbances in atrium, AV node, bundle of His or the Tawara system. 1st or 2nd degree AV block is seen very frequently within 24 hours after beginning of ACS and these arrhythmias are frequently transient and no more present after 72 hours...
September 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Isabelle L Vandormael, Mohammad Y Salmasi, James S-M Yeh, Christoph A Nienaber
Acute aortic syndrome was coined in 2001 to describe a spectrum of acute aortic wall pathologies. The syndrome represents a cluster of aortic conditions such as aortic dissection, intramural hematoma and penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer. Acute aortic dissection is more common than the latter two pathologies with an incidence of up to 6 cases per 100,000 per year. The following report focuses on an unusual case presentation emphasizing the newest management techniques including "neobranching" whilst dealing with challenging patient anatomy and refractory hypertension...
September 19, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
B N Kozlov, D S Panfilov, V V Saushkin, K V Zavadovskiĭ, M S Kuznetsov, G G Nasrashvili, V M Shipulin
BACKGROUND: The variety of pathology of the thoracic aorta supposes different approaches of surgical management, including the use of hybrid technologies. OBJECTIVE: To broaden a possible spectrum of indications for implantation of the "E-vita open plus" hybrid stent graft. RESULTS: Surgical treatment of thoracic aorta with the help of the "E-vita open plus" hybrid stent graft according to the "frozen elephant trunk" technique demonstrated satisfactory results in patients with various pathology: type A and B acute and chronic dissection according to the Stanford classification, as well as rare diseases (post-traumatic false aneurysm, complicated atherosclerosis of the thoracic aorta)...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
Riccardo Cappato, Robert Welsh
The vast clinical research programme for the direct, oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban has generated a wealth of data since the first rivaroxaban approval in 2008 for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing elective hip or knee replacement surgery. While rivaroxaban is widely used across a spectrum of seven indications, there is continuous commitment to investigating its wider benefits in new indications and attempts to refine current evidence. Key data from recently completed randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have shown that rivaroxaban is a feasible anticoagulation option for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) undergoing cardioversion or catheter ablation...
September 28, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Ji Seong Kim, Jin Hee Jeong, Sin Ju Moon, Hyuk Ahn, Ho Young Hwang
BACKGROUND: Del Nido (DN) cardioplegic solution (CPS) has been widely used during pediatric cardiac surgery. However, its use in the field of adult cardiac surgery is not popular yet. We evaluated efficacy of DN cardioplegia in adult cardiac surgical patients. METHODS: Fifty-three adult patients (mean age, 54±16 years) who underwent cardiovascular surgery using DN cardioplegia were enrolled. Myocardial troponin I (TnI) level up to three days after surgery and early clinical outcomes were evaluated...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Arnar Geirsson, Anders Ahlsson, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Simon Fuglsang, Jarmo Gunn, Emma C Hansson, Vibeke Hjortdal, Kati Jarvela, Anders Jeppsson, Ari Mennander, Shahab Nozohoor, Christian Olsson, Anders Wickbom, Igor Zindovic, Tomas Gudbjartsson
OBJECTIVES: The Nordic Consortium for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection (NORCAAD) is a collaborative effort of Nordic cardiac surgery centers to study acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD). Here, we outline the overall objectives and the design of NORCAAD. DESIGN: NORCAAD currently consists of eight centers in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. Data was collected for patients undergoing surgery for ATAAD from 2005 to 2014. A total of 194 variables were retrospectively collected including demographics, past medical history, preoperative medications, symptoms at presentation, operative variables, complications, bleeding and blood transfusions, need for late reoperations, 30-day mortality and long-term survival...
September 26, 2016: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
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