Off-pump ascending to descending aorta bypass grafting with descending aneurysm exclusion.
ABSTRACT We performed an ascending to descending aorta bypass grafting with exclusion of the descending thoracic aortic aneurysm through a median sternotomy incision without cardiopulmonary bypass in a patient with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The patient was a 75-year-old man who had undergone endovascular stent-graft placement for a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. The operation became necessary because the aneurysm continued to expand without evidence of endoleak. The postoperative course was uneventful, and without respiratory morbidity.