Aortic dissections following heart transplantations

Ivo Skalsky, Marian Urban, Jana Malouskova, Ondrej Szarszoi, Jan Pirk, Ivan Netuka

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Background: Aortic dissection in a cardiac allograft is an uncommon complication of heart transplantation with only few cases reported in the literature. Method: We report a case of 46-year-old female who underwent orthotopic heart transplantation for dilated cardiomyopathy 22 years earlier. During surveillance echocardiographic examination she was diagnosed with type A aortic dissection limited to the donor aorta. The aortic root was successfully replaced using a valve-sparing David procedure. The pathogenesis and surgical management of these dissections is reviewed. Conclusion: Appropriate surgical repair performed in a timely fashion leads to excellent results improving the prognosis of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of cardiac surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Skalsky, I., Urban, M., Malouskova, J., Szarszoi, O., Pirk, J., & Netuka, I. (2012). Aortic dissections following heart transplantations. Journal of cardiac surgery, 27(1), 125-127.