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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

Print version ISSN 0102-7638On-line version ISSN 1678-9741


OLIVEIRA, Jefferson Francisco de et al. Surgical treatment of type a aortic dissection using intraluminal prosthesis medium term follow up. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2001, vol.16, n.2, pp.136-140. ISSN 0102-7638.

Introduction: The concept of intraluminal prosthesis was introduced by CARREL, in 1912. In 1978, DUREAU & ABLASA described the first case of type A acute aortic dissection treated with intraluminal prosthesis. This prosthesis was used in the eighties by several groups with good results. Several reports of complications (migration, embolism, stenosis, pseudoaneurysms formation) made the surgical groups lose the enthusiasm with that technique. Objective: To evaluate the sutureless anastomosis using the intraluminal prosthesis in the treatment of type A acute aortic dissection. Material and Methods: During the period from July/1996 to November/1999, 64 patients with the diagnosis of type A acute aortic dissection were operated in our Service. In all the cases we used the intraluminal ring as the technique of suture. The average of age was of 56.3 years, and 89% of the patients were males. All the patients had systemic hypertension. In 26 patients we used only the intraluminal anastomosis. The proximal ring was placed above the coronary ostium and the distal ring was positioned close to the origin of the inominate artery. The aorta cross clamping time in these patients was 9 minutes, and the extracorporeal circulation average of time was 26 minutes. Only in 1 case there was a rupture of the ligature on the proximal ring, when we accomplished a radical surgery (Bentall-DeBonno), maintaining the distal ring. In 23 patients we did the aortoplasty and used a double patch of Dacron to prepare the aortic root, using the intraluminal ring in the distal anastomosis. We operated on the aortic arch of 8 patients (without total circulatory arrest, due to selective perfusion of the right subclavian artery). The replacement of the aortic valve was necessary in just 6 patients. The global mortality was of 10.3% and there was no death among the patients which it was possible the treatment with the double ring. As the postoperative evaluation of these patients the echocardiography and the aortography were made. We did not observe pseudoaneurysm formation or migration and the maximum gradient was of 16 mmHg. Conclusion: The employment of the intraluminal prosthesis in the treatment of the type A acute aortic dissection, provides us fast, safe and haemostatic anastomosis, reducing the mortality. In a medium term follow-up we found no complication related to the employment of the intraluminal ring.

Keywords : Aneurysm, dissecting [surgery]; Aortic aneurysm [surgery]; Heart valve prosthesis implantation [methods].

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