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Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Dec;94(6):2114-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.143.

Valve-sparing root and ascending aorta replacement after heart transplantation.

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Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

A 45-year-old female underwent heart transplantation 17 years ago, with a heart from a 15-year-old donor. Recently, she had developed an aneurysm of the donor aortic root and ascending aorta, with severe aortic insufficiency. Two surgical options were considered; retransplantation versus replacement of the aortic root and ascending aorta. A valve-sparing replacement of the aortic root and ascending aortic aneurysm was performed. The donor aorta showed pathologic changes typical of Marfan syndrome. Nineteen months postoperatively, the patient remains in functional class I, with trivial aortic insufficiency.

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