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Giant ‘asymptomatic’ ascending aortic aneurysm

Auteurs: Jules R. Olsthoorn, Ka Yan Lam

Gepubliceerd in: Netherlands Heart Journal | Uitgave 4/2023

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Video 1 Three-dimensional reconstruction of thoracic and abdominal aorta
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A 76-year-old female consulted her general practitioner because of new-onset leg oedema and dyspnoea. Medical records revealed a history of smoking and hypertension. The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was considered, and a chest X‑ray was performed, which showed a broadened mediastinum. Computed tomography angiography revealed a supracoronary aorta aneurysm of 10.1 cm in diameter reaching to the brachiocephalic trunk (Fig. 1 and see Video 1 in Electronic Supplementary Material). The patient was accepted for urgent aortic surgery. After induction of anaesthesia and during preparations for cardiopulmonary bypass, multiple episodes of hypotension with desaturation occurred, which were treated with fluid administration. During hypothermic circulatory arrest with selective cerebral perfusion, the ascending aorta and arch were replaced.
An isolated supracoronary aorta aneurysm larger than 10 cm is rare [1] and is mostly of unknown aetiology. In retrospect, this large aneurysm caused compression of the left atrium and the inferior and superior vena cava, compromising cardiac preload, mimicking cardiac tamponade and causing pulmonary congestion and chronic venous stasis, which explained the patient’s symptoms.

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J.R. Olsthoorn and K.Y. Lam declare that they have no competing interests.
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Video 1 Three-dimensional reconstruction of thoracic and abdominal aorta
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go back to reference Saliba E, Sia Y. The ascending aortic aneurysm: When to intervene? Ijc Heart Vasc. 2015;6:91–100.CrossRef Saliba E, Sia Y. The ascending aortic aneurysm: When to intervene? Ijc Heart Vasc. 2015;6:91–100.CrossRef
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Titel
Giant ‘asymptomatic’ ascending aortic aneurysm
Auteurs
Jules R. Olsthoorn
Ka Yan Lam
Publicatiedatum
10-03-2023
Uitgeverij
Bohn Stafleu van Loghum
Gepubliceerd in
Netherlands Heart Journal / Uitgave 4/2023
Print ISSN: 1568-5888
Elektronisch ISSN: 1876-6250
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-023-01767-2

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