Fate of bicuspid aortic valves in patients undergoing aortic root repair or replacement for aortic root enlargement

Gruschen R. Veldtman, Heidi M. Connolly, Thomas A. Orszulak, Joseph A. Dearani, Hartzell V. Schaff

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OBJECTIVE: To better understand the outcome of the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) after valve-sparing root replacement, we evaluated BAV function after its preservation at the time of the ascending aorta (AA) repair. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 1, 1994, through March 31, 2002, BAVs were preserved during repair of AA aneurysms in 21 patients (mean ± SD age, 45±12 years; 13 males). We reviewed the clinical and surgical reconls of these patients for baseline characteristics, operative procedures, and data at latest follow-up. RESULTS: The primary indication for operation was AA enlargement (median diameter, 55 mm; range, 43-65 mm) in 18 patients and severe aortic regurgitation (AR) in 3 patients. Preoperatively, the BAV exhibited mild or moderate stenosis In 5 patients (mean gradient, 25 mm Hg; range, 19-34 mm Hg), moderate AR in 2, and severe AR in 3. Aortic valve repair was performed in 11 patients. Seventeen patients had excision and graft replacement of the enlarged AA, and 4 patients had primary AA repair. There were no perioperative deaths. Moderate or severe AR was relieved in all patients early postoperatively and during follow-up (median, 2.5 years; maximum, 7.6 years). One patient required aortic valve replacement at 4.8 years for AR. An additional patient had recurrent, severe AR but was asymptomatic and has not undergone reoperetion. CONCLUSION: Repair of diseased BAVs or preservation of functionally normal BAVs during surgery for AA aneurysms has a low perioperative risk, and early results are encouraging. Additional observation Is necessary to determine whether this strategy has real advantages over early aortic valve replacement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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  • General Medicine


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