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Thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissection

W H Wu, L J Huang, J Z Pu, X Y Huang, X Pu, Y Ning, X Wang
Objective: To investigate the feasibility and efficacy of transcatheter closure of anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery using Amplatzer Vascular Plug Ⅲ (AVP Ⅲ). Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in 5 patients with anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery, who underwent transcatheter closure in our hospital from January to June 2017 using AVP Ⅲ. Surgeries were performed in 3 cases of Standford type A dissection, 1 case of ascending aortic aneurysm and 1 case of persistent truncus.There were 3 males,and age was (43...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Dimos Karangelis, Apostolos Roubelakis, Dimitris Mikroulis, Matthew Panagiotou
Aortic arch pathologies such as acute aortic dissection and aneurysmal disease represent surgical challenges. Various emerging techniques and surgical prostheses have expanded the therapeutic armamentarium over the last years with one principal objective; to simplify the operation and reduce the surgical time. Besides the classic elephant trunk which has been regarded as an evolutionary leap in the treatment of extensive thoracic disease, other novel surgical approaches such as the frozen elephant trunk, the thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and the hybrid open branched stent grafts have been introduced...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Tara Talaie, Christopher Werter, Charles Drucker, Brittany O Aicher, Robert Crawford, Shahab Toursavadkohi
We report a case of a complex chronic type B aortic dissection treated by thoracic endovascular aortic repair and laser fenestration of the false septum to preserve flow to branch vessels originating from both the true and false lumen. Dissections complicated by thoracoabdominal aneurysmal degeneration with critical organs being perfused by branches arising from both true and false lumens are rare and leave limited options for repair. Despite advancements in endovascular techniques, fenestration remains one of the only means of preserving flow to both the true and false lumens and thus was necessary in the management of our patient...
April 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Metesh Nalin Acharya, Pouya Youssefi, Gopal Soppa, Oswaldo Valencia, Justin Nowell, Robin Kanagasabay, Mark Edsell, Robert Morgan, Maite Tome, Marjan Jahangiri
OBJECTIVES: Significant proportions of aortic dissections occur at aortic diameters <5.5 cm. By indexing aortic area to height and correlating with absolute aortic diameter, we sought to identify those aneurysm patients with aortic diameters <5.5 cm who do not meet current size thresholds for surgery, yet with corresponding abnormal indexed aortic areas (IAAs) >10 cm2/m, are at increased risk of aortic complications. METHODS: IAAs were calculated at 3 aortic locations in 187 aneurysm and 66 dissection patients operated on between 2010 and 2016 at our tertiary aortic centre...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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
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
Adel Shalata, Mohammad Mahroom, Dianna M Milewicz, Gong Limin, Fadi Kassum, Khader Badarna, Nader Tarabeih, Nimmer Assy, Rona Fell, Hector Cohen, Munir Nashashibi, Alejandro Livoff, Muhammad Azab, George Habib, Dan Geiger, Omer Weissbrod, William Nseir
BACKGROUND: Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and dissection often develop in hypertensive elderly patients. At higher risk are smokers and those who have a family history of aortic aneurysms. In most affected families, the aortic aneurysms and dissection is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner with decreased penetrance and variable expressivity. Mutations at two chromosomal loci, TAA1 at 11q23 and the TAA2 at 5q13-14, and eight genes, MYLK, MYH11, TGFBR2, TGFBR1, ACTA2, SMAD3, TGFB2, and MAT2A, have been identified as being responsible for the disease in 23% of affected families...
March 15, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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
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
Chang Liu, Congcong Zhang, Lixin Jia, Boya Chen, Luxin Liu, Jie Sun, Wenmei Zhang, Bin You, Yulin Li, Ping Li, Jie Du
Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) is due to degeneration of the aorta and causes a high mortality rate, while molecular mechanisms for the development of TAAD are still not completely understood. In this study, 3-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) treatment was used to induce TAAD mouse model. Through transcriptome analysis, we found the expression levels of genes associated with interleukin-3 (IL-3) signaling pathway were upregulated during TAAD development in mouse, which were validated by real-time PCR...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Xiaofan Huang, Zhang Yue, Jia Wu, Jiuling Chen, Sihua Wang, Jie Wu, Linyun Ren, Anchen Zhang, Peng Deng, Ke Wang, Chuangyan Wu, Xiangchao Ding, Ping Ye, Jiahong Xia
OBJECTIVE: Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) are severe vascular conditions. Dysfunctional transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling in vascular smooth muscle cells and elevated angiotensin II (AngII) levels are implicated in the development of TAAD. In this study, we investigated whether these 2 factors lead to TAAD in a mouse model and explored the possibility of using microRNA-21 ( miR-21 ) for the treatment of TAAD. APPROACH AND RESULTS: TAAD was developed in Smad3 heterozygous (S3+/- ) mice infused with AngII...
March 8, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Dafne Braga Diamante Leiderman, Nelson Wolosker, Marcos Vieira de Melo Oliveira, Heitor Andrei Miranda de Carvalho, Felipe Trajano de Freitas Barão, Antonio Eduardo Zerati, Nelson De Luccia, Pedro Puech-Leão
BACKGROUND: Transient paraplegia of the lower limbs is a rare condition and when has a vascular etiology is usually associated with thromboembolic events, aortic dissection, aortic aneurysms, or as a complication of the surgical correction of those deseases. There is no case reported of acute paraplegia caused by a segmental thrombotic subocclusion of the descending thoracic aorta. CASE REPORT: We report a not yet described clinical situation of a young patient (51 years) admitted to the emergency care department for treatment of systemic arterial hypertension of difficult control with 4 antihypertensive medication classes...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Takahiro Mizoguchi, Nobuya Zempo, Yoshikazu Kaneda
We examined the outcomes of aortic remodeling for chronic type B aortic dissection (cTBD) after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR). Objective & Methods : Thirty-eight patients underwent TEVAR for cTBD at our institution. We classified cTBD patients into the early cTBD group (16 cases, 2 weeks-4 months from onset) and late cTBD group (22 cases, >4 months from onset). Results : There were no cases of paraplegia, stroke, and hospital death in both groups. There was no worsening of complicated cases...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
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
Christian L Lino Cardenas, Chase W Kessinger, Carolyn MacDonald, Arminder S Jassar, Eric M Isselbacher, Farouc A Jaffer, Mark E Lindsay
Loss-of-function mutations in genes encoding contractile proteins have been observed in thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA). To gain insight into the contribution of contractile protein deficiency in the pathogenesis of TAA, we examined human aneurysm samples. We found multiple contractile gene products deficient in TAA samples, and in particular, expression of SM22α was inversely correlated with aneurysm size. SM22α-deficient mice demonstrated pregnancy-induced aortic dissection, and SM22α deficiency worsened aortic aneurysm in Fbn1C1039G/+ (Marfan) mice, validating this gene product as a TAA effector...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Hozan Mufty, Athanasios Katsargyris, Sabrina Houthoofd, Inge Fourneau, Eric Verhoeven, Geert Maleux
INTRODUCTION: Fenestrated/branched thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (F/Br-TEVAR) is a new minimal invasive treatment option for patients with post-dissection thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. This specific pathology is challenging to F/Br-TEVAR, especially when target vessels originate from the false lumen. Crossing from the true lumen into the false lumen to catheterize such target vessels may prove cumbersome in the usually thickened dissection flap. TECHNIQUE: We describe a bailout technique when standard catheterization techniques fail, by using a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)-needle to perforate the dissection flap...
March 6, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Kelli L Hicks, Peter H Byers, Elina Quiroga, Melanie G Pepin, Sherene Shalhub
OBJECTIVE: The contemporary practice of testing for genetically triggered aortic and arterial aneurysms and dissections is not well described. This study aimed to describe this practice at a tertiary care academic center and to ascertain the yield of testing in establishing the diagnosis in patients referred on the basis of clinical suspicion. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients referred for vascular genetic testing at an academic medical center between 2010 and 2015...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Toshihiro Fukui
Background: Both acute aortic dissection and ruptured aortic aneurysm are leading causes of death in cardiovascular disease. These life-threatening conditions have recently been categorized as acute aortic syndrome. This review describes the etiology, clinical presentation, and therapeutic options for acute aortic syndrome including acute aortic dissection and ruptured aortic aneurysm. Main body: Several diagnostic tools for detecting these critical conditions have been developed including computed tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and laboratory tests...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Bindu Kalesan, Thomas W Cheng, Alik Farber, Yi Zuo, Jeffrey A Kalish, Douglas W Jones, Jeffrey J Siracuse
OBJECTIVE: The care of patients undergoing thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) can be resource intensive, which can be driven by readmissions. Our objective was to characterize index readmissions at 30, 90, and 180 days after TEVAR. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Readmissions Database was performed for patients who underwent TEVAR in 2013. Multivariable analysis identified independent predictors for index readmission at 30, 90, and 180 days...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Grace J Wang, Benjamin M Jackson, Paul J Foley, Scott M Damrauer, Philip P Goodney, Rachel R Kelz, Christopher Wirtalla, Ronald M Fairman
OBJECTIVE: The advent of endovascular repair for both thoracic aortic aneurysm and type B dissection has transformed the management of these disease processes. This study was undertaken to better define, compare, and contrast the national trends in hospital admissions, invasive treatments, and inpatient mortality of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm and type B dissection in the National Inpatient Sample. METHODS: The cohort was derived from International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnosis codes for thoracic aortic dissection and thoracic aortic or thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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