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Reoperations for aortic false aneurysms after cardiac surgery.
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PMID:  20971235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Aortic false aneurysm is a rare complication after cardiac surgery. Aortic dissection, infection, arterial wall degeneration, and poor surgical technique are recognized as risk factors for the occurrence of postsurgical false aneurysm. Despite some recent reports about percutaneous false aneurysm exclusion, a complex surgical reoperation is needed in most of the cases. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our experience in 43 patients who received a reoperation for postsurgical aortic false aneurysm in the last 14 years. Thirty-three patients were male. The mean age was 60 ± 12 years. Most of the patients received prior aortic surgery on the aortic root, the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, and the descending thoracic aorta (38 patients). False aneurysm was diagnosed during follow-up evaluation in the absence of any symptoms in 23 cases. Univariate and multivariate analyses on 18 perioperative variables were performed. RESULTS: In-hospital mortality was 6.9% (3 patients). The postoperative course was complicated in 17 cases (39%). At multivariate analysis, a preoperative history of coronary artery disease and postoperative sepsis were independent risk factors for hospital mortality. Survival rates at 1, 5, and 10 years were 94%, 79%, and 68%, respectively. Freedom from reoperation was 86% at 1 year and 72% at 5 and 10 years. CONCLUSIONS: Despite a high postoperative complication rate, a reoperation for postsurgical aortic false aneurysm can be performed with acceptable mortality and good mid-term and long-term outcomes.
Pietro G Malvindi; Bart P van Putte; Robin H Heijmen; Marc A A M Schepens; Wim J Morshuis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-25     Completed Date:  2010-11-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1437-43     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2010 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiac Surgery, IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Rozzano, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aneurysm, False / etiology,  mortality,  surgery*
Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / etiology,  mortality,  surgery*
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / methods
Cardiac Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
Hospital Mortality
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / surgery*
Retrospective Studies
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Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Nov;90(5):1443   [PMID:  20971236 ]

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