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Yohsuke Yanase, Akihito Ohkawa, Satomi Inoue, Yukihiro Niida
In case of complete circumferential dissection of the ascending aorta, the dissected flap has the potential to fold backwards, causing several complications. We report two cases of Stanford type A acute aortic dissection (AAD) whose intimal flaps intussuscepted into the left ventricular outflow tract.Case 1: A 41-year-old man with AAD in whom transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed the dissected flap as folded back into the left ventricular outflow tract, causing severe aortic regurgitation (AR) with rapidly progressing acute pulmonary edema...
March 17, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
David Hasler, Dominik Obrist
The flow field past a prosthetic aortic valve comprises many details that indicate whether the prosthesis is functioning well or not. It is, however, not yet fully understood how an optimal flow scenario would look, i.e. which subtleties of the fluid dynamics in place are essential regarding the durability and compatibility of a prosthetic valve. In this study, we measured and analyzed the 3D flow field in the vicinity of a bio-prosthetic heart valve in function of the aortic root size. The measurements were conducted within aortic root phantoms of different size, mounted in a custom-built hydraulic setup, which mimicked physiological flow conditions in the aorta...
2018: PloS One
Leili Pourafkari, Samad Ghaffari, Mojan Ahmadi, Rezvaniye Salehi, Sarvin Mazani, Raziyeh Parizad, Nader D Nader
OBJECTIVE: Aortic dissection is an uncommon and potentially fatal complication of pregnancy; however, the association of the number of pregnancies with the indexed and absolute size of ascending aorta in patients without aortic aneurysm or connective tissue disorders is not well elucidated. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this prospective observational study, women aged 18-80 years old undergoing transesophageal echocardiography in a university-affiliated echocardiography laboratory between January 1st 2015 and September 1st 2015 were enrolled...
March 16, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Takeshi Konuma, Syunsuke Sakamoto, Syuhei Toba, Ayano Futsuki, Naoki Yamamoto, Shinji Kanemitsu, Hideto Shimpo
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative left pulmonary artery (PA) or bronchus compression occasionally follows narrowing of the retroaortic space after the Norwood procedure. We examined hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)-specific anatomical malformations and hypothesized that a long main pulmonary arterial trunk might contribute to a larger retroaortic space. In this study, we introduced a modified Norwood procedure [pulmonary artery trunk-saving method (PATS)] and evaluated the results. METHODS: HLHS-specific anatomical malformations were examined using computed tomographic data from 23 consecutive patients who underwent bilateral pulmonary banding...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
James R Thunes, Julie A Phillippi, Thomas G Gleason, David A Vorp, Spandan Maiti
High lethality of aortic dissection necessitates accurate predictive metrics for dissection risk assessment. The not infrequent incidence of dissection at aortic diameters <5.5 cm, the current threshold guideline for surgical intervention (Nishimura et al., 2014), indicates an unmet need for improved evidence-based risk stratification metrics. Meeting this need requires a fundamental understanding of the structural mechanisms responsible for dissection evolution within the vessel wall. We present a structural model of the repeating lamellar structure of the aortic media comprised of elastic lamellae and collagen fiber networks, the primary load-bearing components of the vessel wall...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Ruwan Weerakkody, David Ross, David A Parry, Bulat Ziganshin, Jana Vandrovcova, Piyush Gampawar, Abdulshakur Abdullah, Jennifer Biggs, Julia Dumfarth, Yousef Ibrahim, Colin Bicknell, Mark Field, John Elefteriades, Nick Cheshire, Timothy J Aitman
PurposeThoracic aortic aneurysm/aortic dissection (TAAD) is a disorder with highly variable age of onset and phenotype. We sought to determine the prevalence of pathogenic variants in TAAD-associated genes in a mixed cohort of sporadic and familial TAAD patients and identify relevant genotype-phenotype relationships.MethodsWe used a targeted polymerase chain reaction and next-generation sequencing-based panel for genetic analysis of 15 TAAD-associated genes in 1,025 unrelated TAAD cases.ResultsWe identified 49 pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) variants in 47 cases (4...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Joyce J Lu, Jason D Slaikeu, Peter Y Wong
Marfan syndrome is a well-described autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder with a constellation of anatomic characteristics including aortic degeneration as a result of the spontaneous mutation of the fibrillin gene, FBN1 . Whereas life-threatening dissection and ascending aneurysmal rupture have been thoroughly documented in the literature, aneurysms of the abdominal aorta and those present in the pediatric population have only rarely been reported. In this case report, we describe presentation, successful open surgical repair, and recovery of a pediatric Marfan syndrome patient with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Wan Kee Kim, Joon Bum Kim
A 58-year-old man visited the emergency department with vague anterior chest discomfort. Based on computed tomographic findings, our initial suspicion was intramural hematoma (IMH) in the ascending aorta. After a comprehensive discussion with relevant departments, emergent operation was planned. Intra-pericardial space, however, was severely adhered suggesting chronic inflammation. Biopsies were performed, and additional surgical procedures were discontinued. The patient was finally diagnosed as having Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Seraina Anne Dual, Alissa Muller, Stefan Boës, Oliver Brinkmann, Séline Steffanoni, Volkmar Falk, Mirko Meboldt, Marianne Schmid Daners, Simon Sündermann
PURPOSE: Less invasive left ventricular assist device implantation became feasible with the development of smaller devices. This study evaluated a sutureless aortic anastomosis device to facilitate the implant procedure. DESCRIPTION: The novel anastomotic device deploys and anchors an acute-angled stent in the aortic wall to create a sutureless outflow graft anastomosis in the ascending aorta. Four aortic anastomoses were performed on the beating hearts of two pigs without cross-clamping or cardiopulmonary bypass...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Atsushi Aikawa, Masaki Muramatsu, Yusuke Takahashi, Yuko Hamasaki, Junya Hashimoto, Mai Kubota, Takeshi Kawamura, Yoshihiro Itabashi, Yoiji Hyodou, Seiichiro Shishido
During pediatric kidney transplant, surgical challenges occasionally occur. In particular, vascular anastomosis should be considered for children with small body weight < 12 kg, multiple renal arteries, vascular anomaly, and inferior vena cava occlusion. In pediatric patients, a living-donor renal graft is usually donated from a parent. Therefore, the renal artery and vein are too large to be anastomosed with the recipient's internal iliac artery and external iliac vein. In children who are > 12 kg, the renal artery and vein could be anastomosed with the external iliac artery and the external iliac vein...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Frédéric Cochennec, Jean Marzelle
Acute aortic syndromes include aortic dissections, intramural hematomas, penetrating ulcers, ruptured or contained ruptured aortic aneurysms. In presence of acute thoracic or dorsal pain, elevated D-Dimers and if acute coronary artery syndrome has been ruled out, additional imaging should be performed to detect acute aortic pathologies. Acute type A dissections involve the ascending aorta. Emergent open repair is the preferred treatment. Acute type B dissections involve the thoracic descending aorta. Endovascular treatment using thoracic stent grafts is indicated in complicated cases (malperfusion, rupture, uncontrolled hypertension) or in cases where risk factors of aortic degeneration are identified...
March 8, 2018: La Presse Médicale
Frank S Cikach, Christopher D Koch, Timothy J Mead, Josephine Galatioto, Belinda B Willard, Kelly B Emerton, Matthew J Eagleton, Eugene H Blackstone, Francesco Ramirez, Eric E Roselli, Suneel S Apte
Proteoglycan accumulation is a hallmark of medial degeneration in thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD). Here, we defined the aortic proteoglycanome using mass spectrometry, and based on the findings, investigated the large aggregating proteoglycans aggrecan and versican in human ascending TAAD and a mouse model of severe Marfan syndrome. The aortic proteoglycanome comprises 20 proteoglycans including aggrecan and versican. Antibodies against these proteoglycans intensely stained medial degeneration lesions in TAAD, contrasting with modest intralamellar staining in controls...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
David Boulate, Dominique Fabre, Nathaniel B Langer, Elie Fadel
Surgical strategy and long-term outcomes of patients with rupture of the ascending aorta, aortic arch and supra-aortic vessels following blunt thoracic trauma have been rarely reported. We reviewed our institutional experience between 1995 and 2016. We identified 2 patients with an innominate artery ruptures, 2 with an aortic arch ruptures and 1 with an ascending aorta rupture; all were induced by the posterior displacement of the anterior chest wall. All patients underwent open surgical repair. Cardiopulmonary bypass with antegrade cerebral perfusion was required in 2 cases...
March 5, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
María Elena Arnáiz-García, Jose María González-Santos, Javier López-Rodríguez, Ana María Arnáiz-García, Javier Arnáiz
Postoperative bleeding with its important socioeconomic cost is associated with an increased morbidity and mortality. It causes hemodynamic instability, increases blood loss, and multiplies the number of transfusions required. Especially in vascular or aortic surgery, postoperative bleeding can become a life-threatening complication due to anticoagulant or antiaggregation preoperative status or postoperative coagulation dysfunction after a high level of heparinization. Presently described is the case of a patient who underwent an aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Patrizia Presbitero, Loredana Iannetta, Paolo Pagnotta, Bernhard Reimers, Marco L Rossi, Dennis Zavalloni Parenti, Giovanni Bianchi, Francesco Bedogni
BACKGROUND: It is well known that bicuspid valve stenosis can be treated with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) even if specific issues can cause problems: dilatation of ascending aorta, possible aorthopathy, eccentricity of the valve and calcium distribution in leaflets and in commissures. We classified Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) in type 0 (2 cusps and no raphe), and type 1 (2 cusps and one or more raphes). The aim of the present study was to report the results of two types of valve (CoreValve from 2009 to 2016 and Lotus valve from 2014 to 2017) in a consecutive series of BAV patients treated in 2 Italian centers...
April 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Nilukshana Yogendranathan, H M M T B Herath, W D Jayamali, Anne Thushara Matthias, Aruna Pallewatte, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord infarction is an uncommon condition. Anterior cord syndrome present with paraparesis or quadriparesis with sparing of vibration and proprioceptive senses. The common causes of anterior cord syndrome are aortic dissection and aortic surgical interventions. Spontaneous unruptured nondissected aortic aneurysms with intramural thrombus can rarely cause anterior cord infarctions. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of anterior spinal cord syndrome due to aneurysm of the thoracic aorta with a mural thrombus...
March 5, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Ji Young Rho, David A Lynch, Young Ju Suh, Jeung Weon Nah, Jordan A Zach, Joyce D Schroeder, Christian W Cox, Russell P Bowler, Brett E Fenster, Mark T Dransfield, James M Wells, John E Hokanson, Douglas Curran-Everett, Andre Williams, MeiLan K Han, James D Crapo, Edwin K Silverman
To identify a predictive value for the exacerbation status of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) subjects, we evaluated the relationship between pulmonary vascular measurements on chest CT and severe COPD exacerbation.Six hundred three subjects enrolled in the COPDGene population were included and divided into nonexacerbator (n = 313) and severe exacerbator (n = 290) groups, based on whether they had an emergency room visit and/or hospitalization for COPD exacerbation. We measured the diameter of the main pulmonary artery (MPA) and ascending aorta (AA) at 2 different sites of the MPA (the tubular midportion and bifurcation) on both axial images and multiplanar reconstructions...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Takahiko Masuda, Masaki Hata, Kazuhiro Yamaya, Tomoyuki Suzuki, Naoya Terao
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is used to treat retrograde type A acute aortic dissection (RTAAD). In case 1, a 52-year-old man, who was conservatively managed, reported worsening back pain. Emergency TEVAR was performed 7 days after onset. After deploying two GORE Conformable TAG (CTAG) in the descending aorta, his symptoms disappeared. In case 2, a 52-year-old man with progressive worsening resistant hypertension, renal dysfunction, and respiratory failure despite maximal medical therapy underwent TEVAR 8 days after onset...
March 3, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Tomoaki Suzuki, Tohru Asai, Takeshi Kinoshita
BACKGROUND: It is impossible to resolve all the problems of the entire diseased aorta with just one operation for acute type A aortic dissection, which requires additional surgical treatment in the long term. METHODS: From April 2003 to March 2017, 310 patients underwent surgical repair for acute type A aortic dissection at our institution. Of these, thirty-two (10.3%) died in hospital. Of the 278 hospital survivors, 38 underwent late reoperation associated with aortic dissection during the follow-up period...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Aamisha Gupta, Dennis VanLoozen, Anastasios C Polimenakos, Kenneth A Murdison
Anomalous origin of one pulmonary artery from the ascending aorta is a rare congenital anomaly. Even more rarely reported is its presence in conjunction with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). We present a case of a full-term infant, initially thought to have PPHN and later found to have anomalous origin of the right pulmonary artery from the ascending aorta. We discuss our management concept which included use of PgE1 infusion to restore fetal circulation prior to surgical treatment in this unique clinical scenario...
March 2, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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