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When to operate on the bicuspid valve patient with a modestly dilated ascending aorta.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21095331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valves (BAV) are frequently associated with root/ascending aorta dilatation, but there is controversy regarding when to operate to prevent dissection of a dilated aorta associated with a well-functioning BAV.
METHODS: From 1988 through 2008, 158 patients (mean age: 56 ± 13.5 years) with a dilated ascending aorta (AA) and a well-functioning BAV were referred to our institution. All patients underwent computed tomographic (CT) scanning and digitization to calculate mean AA diameter. Forty-two patients underwent operation a median of 52 days after initial CT scan with a mean AA diameter of 5.6 ± 0.5 cm. One hundred sixteen patients (mean diameter 4.6 ± 0.5 cm) were enrolled in annual or semiannual surveillance. Seventy-one patients, 45 with 2 or more CT scans, are still under surveillance.
RESULTS: Average follow-up was 6.5 ± 4.1 years. Overall survival after the first encounter was 93% at 5 years and 85% at 10 years. A total of 87 of 158 patients had a Bentall or Yacoub procedure, with two hospital deaths (2.3%). Mean duration of surveillance in the 116 patients without immediate operation was 4.2 ± 2.9 years (481 patient-years). Average growth rate of the AA in patients with 2 scans or greater was 0.77 mm/year (p < 0.0001 versus normal population) with no significant impact of hypertension, sex, smoking or age. Forty-five of the 116 surveillance patients underwent operation after a mean of 3.4 ± 2.9 years (mean age 55 ± 14.7 years; mean AA diameter 4.9 ± 0.6 cm). Six patients died without surgery, median age 82 (range, 44 to 87) years, but none within one year of the last CT scan.
CONCLUSIONS: A consistent approach to patients with a well-functioning BAV and AA dilatation, recommending operation to those with an AA diameter greater than 5 cm and deferring operation in patients under surveillance in the absence of significant enlargement (>0.5 cm/year), resulted in overall survival equivalent to a normal age-matched and sex-matched population. Operation was necessary in approximately 10% of patients under surveillance each year.
Christian D Etz; Stefano Zoli; Robert Brenner; Fabian Roder; Moritz Bischoff; Carol A Bodian; Gabriele DiLuozzo; Randall B Griepp
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  2011-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1884-90; discussion 1891-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York 10029, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic / pathology*,  radiography,  surgery
Aortic Diseases / diagnosis*,  etiology,  surgery
Aortic Valve / abnormalities*,  surgery
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
Decision Making*
Dilatation, Pathologic
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Valve Diseases / complications,  diagnosis,  surgery*
Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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