Late Sudden Death after Surgical Correction of Coarctation of the Aorta: Importance of Aneurysm of the Ascending Aorta

Kolbjörn Forfang, Hans Rostad, Svein Sörland, Kjell Levorstad

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    Abstract

    ABSTRACT Follow‐up studies averaging 12 years postcorrective surgery of 343 patients with coarctation of the aorta disclosed 38 late deaths, 16 of which were sudden, unexpected and probably cardiovascular. All but two patients were normotensive postoperatively, and in 4 of these the cause of death was proven dissecting aneurysm of ascending aorta. In another patient this aneurysm was repaired surgically and in 3 other patients chest X‐ray had shown a dilated ascending aorta before death. At follow‐up the ascending aorta was dilated angiographically in 4 survivors, who had moderate systolic hypertension and aortic valve disease. The high incidence of aneurysm of ascending aorta in patients with coarctation is probably due to hypertension during the growth period, possibly in combination with congenital weakness of the aortic wall, and to concomitant aortic valve lesion. 1979 Association for the Publication of the Journal of Internal Medicine

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)375-379
    Number of pages5
    JournalActa Medica Scandinavica
    Volume206
    Issue number1-6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

    Keywords

    • aneurysm of the ascending aorta
    • coarctation of the aorta
    • late sudden death

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Internal Medicine

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