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Dilated Aorta

Z L Ma, J Yan, S J Li, Z D Hua, F X Yan, X Wang, Q Wang
Objective: To investigate the outcomes of coarctation resection and aortoplasty with autologous pulmonary artery patch for treating coarctation of the aorta combined with hypoplastic aortic arch in infants. Methods: Clinical data of 21 infants with coarctation of the aorta and hypoplastic aortic arch, who underwent coarctation resection and aortoplasty with autologous pulmonary artery patch in Fuwai hospital from January 2009 to June 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. The age of the patients was 4 (2, 5) months,and the body weight of the patients was (5...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Kai-Lun Liang, Ping Fang, Qiu-Qiu Shi, Jie Su, Bo Li, Su-Hong Chen, Gui-Yuan Lv
This study aimed to investigate the antihypertensive effect and possible mechanism of Dendrobium officinale flos on hypertensive rats induced by high glucose and high fat compound alcohol. The hypertensive models were successfully made by high-glucose and high-fat diet, with gradient drinking for 4 weeks, and then divided into model control group, valsartan (5.7 mg·kg⁻¹) positive control group and D. officinale flos groups (3,1 g·kg⁻¹). After 6 weeks of treatment, the blood pressure of rats was measured regularly...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Francesco Nappi, Antonio Nenna, Domenico Larobina, Angelo Rosario Carotenuto, Mohamed Jarraya, Cristiano Spadaccio, Massimiliano Fraldi, Massimo Chello, Christophe Acar, Thierry Carrel
OBJECTIVES: Reinforcements for the pulmonary autograft (PA) in the Ross operation have been introduced to avoid the drawback of conduit expansion and failure. With the aid of an in silico simulation, the biomechanical boundaries applied to a healthy PA during the operation were studied to tailor the best implant technique to prevent reoperation. METHODS: Follow-up echocardiograms of 66 Ross procedures were reviewed. Changes in the dimensions and geometry of reinforced and non-reinforced PAs were evaluated...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Ugur Kaya, Abdurrahim Colak, Necip Becit, Munacettin Ceviz, Hikmet Kocak
Objective: In the present study, we aimed to retrospectively investigate the early and late results of different surgical treatment techniques applied in different age groups with coarctation of the aorta (CoA). Materials and Methods: Between January 2007 and February 2017, 26 patients (12 males, 14 females; mean age: 12.2±12.4 years; range: 29 days-34 years) who underwent surgery with the diagnosis of CoA were evaluated. Overall, 11 of these patients (42.3%) were in the infantile period, whereas 15 patients (57...
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
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
Bradley J Toghill, Athanasios Saratzis, Peter J Freeman, Nicolas Sylvius, Matthew J Bown
Background: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a deadly cardiovascular disease characterised by the gradual, irreversible dilation of the abdominal aorta. AAA is a complex genetic disease but little is known about the role of epigenetics. Our objective was to determine if global DNA methylation and CpG-specific methylation at known AAA risk loci is associated with AAA, and the functional effects of methylation changes. Results: We assessed global methylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cell DNA from 92 individuals with AAA and 93 controls using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, identifying hyper-methylation in those with large AAA and a positive linear association with AAA diameter ( P  < 0...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
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
Nazan Puluca, Melchior Burri, Julie Cleuziou, Markus Krane, Rüdiger Lange
OBJECTIVES: Most patients (75%) with Marfan syndrome present with aortic root dilatation that may require surgical intervention. However, associated cardiovascular disorders are not limited to the aortic root. These patients frequently require consecutive operations on the remaining thoracic aorta or the heart valves. Our intent was to characterize the spectrum of such procedures. METHODS: Data from all patients with Marfan syndrome undergoing aortic root surgery at our centre between 1988 and 2016 were analysed retrospectively...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Yeliz Akturk, Serra Ozbal Gunes
NORMAL ABDOMINAL AORTA DIAMETERS IN INFANTS, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: BACKGROUND: The normal limits of arterial diameters must be known to diagnose pathologies such as dilatation, stenosis and hypoplasia. There are studies which measure the thoracic aorta diameter in childhood, but the number of studies in which the normal aortic diameters are determined is very small. In this study, it was aimed to determine normal standard diameters of aorta and iliac arteries in pediatrics cases, both genders and at different levels...
March 2, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Micaela De Palo, Manuela Conte, Antonio Cricco, Domenico Benvenuto, Giampiero Esposito
Aortic diseases, especially when the entire aorta is involved, are often challenging to treat since they frequently require invasive interventions. Minimally invasive hybrid treatment of such pathologies is proving to be a valid option for complex cases (for example, dilation involving the entire aorta) and is improving postoperative outcomes. It consists of a minimally invasive opening stage, where ascending aorta and aortic arch replacement and epiaortic vessel rerouting is performed using a multibranched graft equipped with a radiopaque marker...
September 1, 2017: Multimedia Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery: MMCTS
María E Soto, Verónica Guarner-Lans, Karla Y Herrera-Morales, Israel Pérez-Torres
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a pleiotropic genetic disease involving the cardiovascular system where a fibrillin-1 mutation is present. This mutation is associated with accelerated activation of transforming growth factor β (TGFβ1) which contributes to the formation of aneurysms in the root of the aorta. There is an imbalance in the synthesis of thromboxane A2 (TXA2 ) and prostacyclin, that is a consequence of a differential protein expression of the isoforms of cyclooxygenases (COXs), suggesting an alteration of arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Maria Ceja-Rodriguez, Augustus Realyvasquez, Joseph Galante, William C Pevec, Misty Humphries
OBJECTIVE: Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has been recommended as an adjunct to thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) as Computed Tomography (CT) in injured patients may inaccurately determine the true aortic diameter. We hypothesize that CT and IVUS offer discordant measurements of aortic diameter in trauma patients, and that each modality may result in different graft size estimates for TEVAR. METHODS: Patients treated by TEVAR for blunt aortic injury from June 2011 to 2016 were reviewed...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Sara Catarino Santos, Ana Rita Loureiro, Rosa Simão, Jorge Pereira, Luís Filipe Pinheiro, Carlos Casimiro
Wilkie's syndrome, or superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS), is a rare clinical entity caused by compression of the third portion of the duodenum between the abdominal aorta and superior mesenteric artery, leading to duodenal obstruction and severe malnutrition. The authors report a case of a female patient with years of chronic intestinal obstruction with abdominal pain, vomits and weight loss. Contrast intestinal series showed dilation of stomach and duodenum. Abdominal computed tomography study revealed findings compatible with SMAS...
February 2018: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Yi-Bin Wang, Yang Li, You-Bin Deng, Ya-Ni Liu, Jun Zhang, Jie Sun, Ying Zhu, Li Li, Qiao-Ying Tang, Wei Zhou
The aim of this study was to test whether enlarged size and impaired elastic properties of the ascending aorta are associated with impaired endothelial function and increases in plasma matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 concentrations in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) without significant valvular dysfunction. The size and the elasticity of the ascending aorta and the flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) in the brachial artery in response to hyperemia were evaluated with 2-D echocardiography and high-frequency linear ultrasound in 42 patients with BAV without significant valvular dysfunction and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
February 20, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Bruno Pochulu, Omar Sarsam, Christophe Peillon, Jean-Marc Baste
A 37-year-old patient presented with a self-limiting episode of moderate haemoptysis. Contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography showed a tortuous and dilated right bronchial artery arising from the descending aorta at the level of T6. Therapeutic angiography was attempted, but in the presence of spinal artery arising from the bronchial artery in question, selective embolization was contraindicated due to risk of spinal cord ischaemia. After a multidisciplinary meeting, it was decided to attempt surgery to ligate this pathological artery...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Francesc Jiménez-Altayó, Thayna Meirelles, Eva Crosas-Molist, M Alba Sorolla, Darya Gorbenko Del Blanco, Judit López-Luque, Aleksandra Mas-Stachurska, Ana-Maria Siegert, Fabio Bonorino, Laura Barberà, Carolina García, Enric Condom, Marta Sitges, Fernando Rodríguez-Pascual, Francisco Laurindo, Katrin Schröder, Joaquim Ros, Isabel Fabregat, Gustavo Egea
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is characterized by the formation of ascending aortic aneurysms resulting from altered assembly of extracellular matrix fibrillin-containing microfibrils and dysfunction of TGF-β signaling. Here we identify the molecular targets of redox stress in aortic aneurysms from MFS patients, and investigate the role of NOX4, whose expression is strongly induced by TGF-β, in aneurysm formation and progression in a murine model of MFS. Working models included aortae and cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) from MFS patients, and a NOX4-deficient Marfan mouse model (Fbn1C1039G/+ -Nox4-/- )...
February 19, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Peter A Zartner, Ulrich Neudorf, Benjamin Bierbach, Chris Hart, Martin B Schneider
OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: The use of conventional metal stents in infants is severely limited by subsequent somatic growth. The use of a breakable balloon expandable stent (BS) designed for initial implant at small diameters but with properties that allow unlimited dilation in line with growth has potential advantages in this patient group. This study reports our experience with this stent between 2010 and 2014. A total of 17 BS were implanted in 14 infants (mean age 4.8 months). All but one stent was placed into the aorta to treat coarctation...
February 22, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Francisco Estevez-Cid, Jose María Herrera-Norena, Carlos Velasco-García de Sierra
We describe the "auto-sliding graft" technique, a different anastomotic option for reconstructive prosthetic procedures on the ascending aorta especially in patients at risk of circulatory arrest with mild aortic dilatation. This simple technique provides not only an important hemostatic reinforcement for the distal aortic graft anastomosis but also a protective effect on the native ascending aorta beyond the suture line.
February 20, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Evaldas Girdauskas, Johannes Petersen, Niklas Neumann, Tatiana Groß, Shiho Naito, Mathias Hillebrand, Hermann Reichenspurner, Stefan Blankenberg, Tanja Zeller
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the impact of microRNAs to predict the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated aortopathy. METHODS: Sixty-three BAV patients (mean age 47 ± 11 years, 92% men) with root dilatation, who underwent aortic valve ± proximal aortic surgery (mean post-AVR follow-up 10.3 ± 6.9 years) were included. The BAV aortopathy entities were categorized in the 'less dilated' (aortic root <50 mm) and 'severely dilated' (aortic root ≥50 mm) aorta...
February 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Christos Farazi-Chongouki, Ioannis Dalianoudis, Anestis Ninos, Pantelis Diamantopoulos, Dimitrios Filippou, Stefanos Pierrakakis, Panagiotis Skandalakis
INTRODUCTION: Various anomalies in the development of the great thoracic veins of the embryo can be incidentally discovered in the normal adult. Duplication of superior vena cava (SVC) is a rare abnormality, but the most common thoracic venous congenital anomaly. Case reports-methods: We present two cases in the intensive care unit of our hospital, of asymptomatic patients who underwent an uneventful central line placement in the left subclavian vein. The track of the catheter, as shown in the X-ray, was misplaced to the left of the aorta and further investigation with computed tomography angiography confirmed a persistent left SVC...
February 19, 2018: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
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