Aortic dissection in pregnancy: Analysis of risk factors and outcome

Franz F. Immer, Anne G. Bansi, Alexsandra S. Immer-Bansi, Jane McDougall, Kenton J. Zehr, Hartzell V. Schaff, Thierry P. Carrel

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Abstract

Aortic dissection during pregnancy is a life-threatening event. Recent studies have revealed similar histologic changes in the wall of the ascending aorta in patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAVD). Based on a review of the literature, including the experience from two institutions, we looked at the patient's characteristics in patients with thoracic aortic dissection during pregnancy. We found that aortic root enlargement (> 4cm) or an increase of aortic root size during pregnancy in patients with BAVD, and Marfan syndrome is associated with a considerable risk for the occurrence of Type A dissection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Immer, F. F., Bansi, A. G., Immer-Bansi, A. S., McDougall, J., Zehr, K. J., Schaff, H. V., & Carrel, T. P. (2003). Aortic dissection in pregnancy: Analysis of risk factors and outcome. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 76(1), 309-314. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0003-4975(03)00169-3