[Long-term results of surgery for type A acute aortic dissection].


The cases of 160 patients (126 men, mean age 57.5 +/- 13.3 years) operated consecutively as an emergency for a Stanford type A dissection of the aorta between 1980 and 2000 were reviewed. The cumulative follow-up was 716.7 patient-years with an average follow-up of 4.51 +/- 5.6 patient-years. The risk factors for early postoperative mortality (up to 3 months), late mortality (> 3 months) and reoperation (cardiac and/or vascular) were determined by multivariate analysis. The hospital mortality was 27.5%. Older ages, obesity, previous cardiac surgery, preoperative shock, medullary, renal or mesenteric ischaemia were significant risk factors for early mortality. The probability of actuarial survival was 66.1 +/- 3.8%, 57.7 +/- 4.2%, 52.2 +/- 4.6% and 45.3 +/- 5.5% respectively at 1, 5, 10 and 15 years. Chronic obstructive airways disease and a more recent operation date were significant risk factors for late mortality. Thirty patients underwent 37 reoperations after an average of 5.7 +/- 4.5 years. The actuarial probability for no reoperation was 96.9 +/- 1.8%, 74.7 +/- 5.3%, 60.8 +/- 6.8% and 39.3 +/- 9.1% at 1, 5, 10 and 15 years respectively. The presence of severe preoperative aortic regurgitation was the only significant risk factor for reoperation. Type A acute dissection of the aorta continues to have a high early mortality and a significant incidence of late complications. Patients with severe aortic regurgitation before surgery are at high risk for reoperation and should probably have more radical aortic repair at the initial operation.

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@article{Kirsch2001LongtermRO, title={[Long-term results of surgery for type A acute aortic dissection].}, author={Matthias Kirsch and C{\'e}line Soustelle and R{\'e}mi Hou{\"{e}l and M L Hillion and Dominique Thebert and B Alimoussa and Daniel Y. Loisance}, journal={Archives des maladies du coeur et des vaisseaux}, year={2001}, volume={94 12}, pages={1373-80} }