oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Surgical management of aneurysm of the ascending aorta and aortic root disease



Between January 1980 and July 1993, 59 patients aged 8 - 66 years were treated for isolated aortic root and ascending aorta disease. The main indications for treatment were ascending aorta aneurysm (14 patients), ascending aortic dissection (7 patients), annulo-aortic ectasia (15 patients), combined ascending aorta and aortic valve disease (11 patients), congenital hypoplastic aortic root (4 patients), infected aortic root (3 patients) and calcified aortic root (5 patients). One patient (1,63%) had previous ventricular septal defect closure and aortic valvotomy. Concomitant cardiac procedures were performed in 14 patients (23,73%).


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