False aneurysm of the ascending aorta following aortic valve replacement

B. Albat, P. F. Leclercq, P. MessnerPellenc, E. Missov, A. Thevenet

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Abstract

False aneurysm of the ascending aorta is a rare and lifethreatening complication of open heart surgery, usually occurring late after operation. Echocardiography, especially transesophageal echocardiography, is a non-invasive method of examination which can be very helpful in its diagnosis. Deep hypothermia and circulatory arrest allow a bloodless field during surgery and provide an adequate patient protection. Infection is a very well known predisposing factor, but cystic medial necrosis of the aortic wall also seems to play a role in this complication. We report three cases, two of them had cystic medial necrosis and the presence of infection could be proved in none.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-219
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart Valve Disease
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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    Albat, B., Leclercq, P. F., MessnerPellenc, P., Missov, E., & Thevenet, A. (1994). False aneurysm of the ascending aorta following aortic valve replacement. Journal of Heart Valve Disease, 3(2), 216-219.