Delayed Presentation of a Giant Ascending Aortic Aneurysm following Aortic Valve Replacement

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Bursa Yüksek Ihtisas Education and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey.
Case Reports in Medicine 01/2009; 2009:740247. DOI: 10.1155/2009/740247
Source: PubMed


Giant ascending aortic aneurysm formation following aortic valve replacement is rare. A 28-year-old man who underwent aortic valve replacement with a prosthetic valve for aortic regurgitation secondary to congenital bicuspid aortic valve about 10 years ago was diagnosed with a giant ascending aortic aneurysm about 16 cm in diameter in follow-up. The aneurysm was resected leaving the functional old mechanical prosthesis in place and implanted a 34-mm Hemashield woven graft, associated with the left and right coronary artery button implantation. Histological findings of the aortic aneurysm wall showed cystic medial necrosis. The postoperative course was uneventful and postoperative examination demonstrated good surgical results.

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