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Comparison of the Structure of the Aortic Valve and Ascending Aorta in Adults Having Aortic Valve Replacement for Aortic Stenosis Versus for Pure Aortic Regurgitation and Resection of the Ascending Aorta for Aneurysm.
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PMID:  21321157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background There is debate concerning whether an aneurysmal ascending aorta should be replaced when associated with a dysfunctioning aortic valve that is to be replaced. To examine this issue, we divided the patients by type of aortic valve dysfunction-either aortic stenosis (AS) or pure aortic regurgitation (AR)-something not previously undertaken. Methods and Results Of 122 patients with ascending aortic aneurysm (unassociated with aortitis or acute dissection), the aortic valve was congenitally malformed (unicuspid or bicuspid) in 58 (98%) of the 59 AS patients, and in 38 (60%) of the 63 pure AR patients. Ascending aortic medial elastic fiber loss (EFL) (graded 0 to 4+) was zero or 1+ in 53 (90%) of the AS patients, in 20 (53%) of the 38 AR patients with bicuspid valves, and in all 12 AR patients with tricuspid valves unassociated with the Marfan syndrome. An unadjusted analysis showed that, among the 96 patients with congenitally malformed valves, the 38 AR patients had a significantly higher likelihood of 2+ to 4+ EFL than the 58 AS patients (crude odds ratio: 8.78; 95% confidence interval: 2.95, 28.13). Conclusions These data strongly suggest that the type of aortic valve dysfunction-AS versus pure AR-is very helpful in predicting loss of aortic medial elastic fibers in patients with ascending aortic aneurysms and aortic valve disease.
William Clifford Roberts; Travis James Vowels; Jong Mi Ko; Robert Frederick Hebeler; Albert Carl Henry; Gregory John Matter; Baron Lloyd Hamman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Circulation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1524-4539     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-2-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0147763     Medline TA:  Circulation     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute and the Departments of Pathology, Internal Medicine, and Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, Baylor Health Care System, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX; and the Department of Statistical Science, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
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