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Ascending aortic aneurysm

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
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
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
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
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
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
Evelyn Fennelly, Marcus Lee, Mark Da Costa, Sherif Sultan, Faisal Sharif, Darren Mylotte
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has emerged as the standard of care for older patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS) at high or excessive operative risk. There remain patients that are of such considerable risk that even TAVI can be futile. Such patients present ethical conundrums for institutional heart teams. Herein we present a case of a 90-year-old female patient with symptomatic severe AS and significant comorbidities including diffuse peripheral vascular disease and a large ascending aortic aneurysm...
2018: Case Reports in Cardiology
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
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
Hiroshi Furukawa, Takeshi Honda, Takahiko Yamasawa, Hisao Masaki, Kazuo Tanemoto
BACKGROUND: We retrospectively evaluated the initial clinical experience of the surgical management of extensive dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) via the semi-clamshell approach. METHODS: Thirteen patients (3 women and 10 men, mean age 67 ± 15 years) who underwent elective surgical intervention for extensive dissecting TAA via semi-clamshell approach in our institute between May 2007 and April 2017 participated in this study. Regarding surgical techniques, left thoracotomy with transverse sternotomy was initially performed via the third or fourth intercostal space following an incision from the right sternal borderline to the anterior axillary line on the left sternal borderline...
February 22, 2018: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Teresa Trenkwalder, Anna Lena Lahmann, Magdalena Nowicka, Costanza Pellegrini, Tobias Rheude, N Patrick Mayr, Stephanie Voss, Sabine Bleiziffer, Rüdiger Lange, Michael Joner, Albert M Kasel, Adnan Kastrati, Heribert Schunkert, Oliver Husser, Martin Hadamitzky, Christian Hengstenberg
Multislice computed tomography (MSCT) has emerged as the mainstay in patients planned for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Incidental findings (IF) in MSCT are common. However, the exact incidence, clinical relevance and further consequences of IF are unclear and it is controversial whether IF adversely affect patients' outcome. We analyzed MSCT data of 1050 patients screened for TAVI between January 2011 and December 2014. Median follow-up of patients was 20 months. In total, 3194 IF were identified, which were classified into clinically non-relevant IF (2872, 90%) and clinically relevant IF (322, 10%)...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Eisaku Nakamura, Kunihide Nakamura, Koji Furukawa, Hirohito Ishii, Katsuya Kawagoe
PURPOSE: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) in adolescents and adults is relatively rare. Several operative techniques for CoA in adolescents and adults have been reported, but there is still no consensus. This study aims to highlight the use of individual patient characteristics to select optimal treatment strategies for CoA in adolescents and adults. METHODS: Surgical repair of CoA was performed in five patients (mean age: 34 ± 14 years, range: 13-58 years). All patients had primary CoA, and one had aneurysm above the CoA...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jose Arroyave, Juan Manuel Carretero, Domenico Gruosso
Aneurysm-osteoarthritis syndrome is a recently discovered inherited autosomal dominant connective tissue disease caused by SMAD3 mutations. Aneurysm-osteoarthritis syndrome is responsible for 2% of familial thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections and is characterised by aneurysms, dissections, and tortuosity throughout the arterial tree in combination with osteoarthritis. Early-onset osteoarthritis is present in almost all patients. We present the case of a non-syndromic young boy with SMAD3 mutation isolated from the dilated aortic root and ascending aorta without osteoarthritis...
February 15, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Jae Won Song, Woong Han Kim, Jae Gun Kwak, Ji Young Park
Patients with double-inlet left ventricle usually have a small ascending aorta. In the Norwood procedure, which involves a staged operation, a neoaorta is constructed with a homograft, and the pulmonary artery plays a role in the systemic circulation. Dilatation or aneurysmal changes can occur over time due to the exposure of the neoaorta to systemic pressure, which may induce adverse effects on adjacent structures. We report a rare case of surgical repair for neoaortic root dilataiton with aortic regurgitation, compressing the left pulmohary artery, in a patient who underwent the Norwood procedure...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Joshua M Lader, Deane E Smith, Cezar Staniloae, Arzhang Fallahi, Sohah N Iqbal, Aubrey C Galloway, Mathew R Williams
A 78 year-old man with remote type-A dissection presented with acute-onset dyspnea. Twenty-two years prior, treatment for his aortic disease required replacement of ascending and arch aneurysms with a Dacron graft using graft inclusion technique. He presented currently in cardiogenic shock. Echocardiography demonstrated new severe hypokinesis of all apical segments. Left-heart catheterization revealed a 120mmHg intra-graft gradient. CT arteriography was unrevealing, but intra-aortic ultrasound demonstrated critical intra-graft stenosis...
February 8, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Hanna M Björck, Lei Du, Silvia Pulignani, Valentina Paloschi, Karin Lundströmer, Alexandra S Kostina, Cecilia Österholm, Anna Malashicheva, Anna Kostareva, Arturo Evangelista, Gisela Teixidó-Tura, Shohreh Maleki, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Per Eriksson
Disturbed flow has been suggested to contribute to aneurysm susceptibility in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) patients. Lately, flow has emerged as an important modulator of DNA methylation. Hear we combined global methylation analysis with in vitro studies of flow-sensitive methylation to identify biological processes associated with BAV-aortopathy and the potential contribution of flow. Biopsies from non-dilated and dilated ascending aortas were collected from BAV (n = 21) and tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) patients (n = 23)...
February 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Takashi Matsueda, Yuki Ikeno, Koki Yokawa, Yojiro Koda, Soichiro Henmi, Takeshi Inoue, Hiroshi Tanaka, Yutaka Okita
OBJECTIVES: We present our experience with one-stage replacement of thoracic aneurysm from the ascending aorta to the thoracoabdominal aorta. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fourteen patients (10 male and 4 female; mean age 53.6 ± 12.4 years) with extended thoracic aortic aneurysms underwent graft replacement. The pathology of the diseased aorta was chronic aortic dissection in 13 patients and intraoperative retrograde aortic dissection in 1 patient. Five patients had Marfan syndrome...
February 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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