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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-191X
Sasai T., Miki Sh., Ueda Y., Tahata T., Ogino H., Morioka K., Matsubayashi K., Nomoto T.
From the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Tenri Hospital, Tenri, Nara, Japan
Spontaneous retrograde thoracic extension of the abdominal aortic dissection is extremely rare and difficult to manage. Only five cases have been previously reported in the English literature (dissection reaching the ascending aorta in four, dissection limited in the descending thoracic aorta in one), and all the cases of dissection which reached the ascending aorta were lethal. We herein report one case of a 37-year-old man who was operated on for spontaneous retrograde dissection of the entire thoracic aorta originating in the suprarenal abdominal aorta. Preoperative aortogram revealed the site of the intimal tear just above the celiac artery. He urgently underwent graft replacement of the descending thoracic aorta and the abdominal aorta with reimplantation of the thoracoabdominal visceral arteries. Although the patient had to undergo the second operation for the dissection of the remaining thoracic aorta four months postoperatively, he has been doing well 18 months after the second operation.