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Complete graft dehiscence 8 months after repair of acute type A aortic dissection


Gebhard, C; Biaggi, P; Stähli, B E; Schwarz, U; Felix, C; Falk, V (2013). Complete graft dehiscence 8 months after repair of acute type A aortic dissection. European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, 2(1):72-76.

Abstract

Acute type A aortic dissection is a dreaded differential diagnosis of acute chest pain. Long-term outcome mainly depends on pre-existing comorbidities and post-operative complications. We present a patient with aortic graft dehiscence and subsequent severe aortic regurgitation due to fungal graft infection 8 months after repair of acute type A aortic dissection. Redo aortic surgery had to be delayed for 28 days due to intracerebral haemorrhage caused by septic embolism and clipping of a mycotic left middle cerebral artery aneurysm. Surgery revealed a circumferentially detached graft at the site of the proximal anastomosis thereby forming a massive pseudoaneurysm. The patient underwent successful aortic root replacement using a Freestyle porcine root bioprosthesis (25 mm), followed by re-anastomosis of the coronary arteries and partial replacement of the ascending aorta with a 28 mm Dacron graft. The patient was discharged on day 67 in stable cardiac condition with persistent neurological deficits. This case highlights the challenging management of patients with aortic graft infection and neurological dysfunction after redissection of the ascending aorta who require redo cardiac surgery.

Acute type A aortic dissection is a dreaded differential diagnosis of acute chest pain. Long-term outcome mainly depends on pre-existing comorbidities and post-operative complications. We present a patient with aortic graft dehiscence and subsequent severe aortic regurgitation due to fungal graft infection 8 months after repair of acute type A aortic dissection. Redo aortic surgery had to be delayed for 28 days due to intracerebral haemorrhage caused by septic embolism and clipping of a mycotic left middle cerebral artery aneurysm. Surgery revealed a circumferentially detached graft at the site of the proximal anastomosis thereby forming a massive pseudoaneurysm. The patient underwent successful aortic root replacement using a Freestyle porcine root bioprosthesis (25 mm), followed by re-anastomosis of the coronary arteries and partial replacement of the ascending aorta with a 28 mm Dacron graft. The patient was discharged on day 67 in stable cardiac condition with persistent neurological deficits. This case highlights the challenging management of patients with aortic graft infection and neurological dysfunction after redissection of the ascending aorta who require redo cardiac surgery.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:06 Jan 2014 12:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:11
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:2048-8726
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/2048872612471214
PubMed ID:24062936
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-85431

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