Aortic aneurysms requiring surgery in early childhood are rare. Herein we describe the case of a three-year-old with massive aneurysmal aortic dilation secondary to the rare and often lethal genetic disorder, cutis laxa. Initial thoracic aortic aneurysm gene panel was negative. Parents of the child were not known to be consanguineous, but high-density SNP array revealed several regions of homozygosity. This prompted targeted sequence analysis that identified a novel homozygous missense mutation in the gene for cutis laxa, EFEMP2. The patient underwent aortic valve–sparing aortic root and ascending aorta replacement and total aortic arch replacement, with continuous, moderately hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass, using a dual cannulation technique. He was discharged well on the third postoperative day and remains free of aneurysmal disease at two-year follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-379
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • aortic operation
  • vascular disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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