Consequences of incomplete repair of acute type A aortic dissection

Vitaly Aleksandrovich Sorokin, Theo Kofidis, Felix Woitek, Eliana Cecilia Martinez, Neng Lee Chuen, Uwe Klima

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During emergency repair of acute Stanford type A aortic dissections, surgical compromises in the form of incomplete arch replacement are made due to the unstable condition of the patient and safety issues of the performing team. We report a case of delayed reoperation after previous incomplete surgery for acute type A aortic dissection in a young patient with Marfan's syndrome. He presented again with repetitive chest pain five years after initial surgical treatment. Extensive aneurysmal dilatation of the aorta and remaining dissection led to the decision to replace the ascending aorta and the aortic arch. After a good progress during the first days after surgery, the patient died due to a ruptured thoraco-abdominal aneurysm on the fifth postoperative day. Extensive surgical reconstruction including aortic arch replacement should be considered in patients with Marfan's syndrome who present with aortic dissections type A to avoid unnecessary reoperations and their complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1121-1123
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Aortic arch replacement
  • Aortic dissection
  • Marfan's syndrome
  • Surgical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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