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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2011 June;52(3):429-35


language: English

Multidetector computed tomographic coronary angiography as an alternative to conventional coronary angiography in non-coronary surgical patients

Nardi P. 1, Pellegrino A. 1, Romagnoli A. 2, Mve Mvondo C. 1, De Propris S. 1, Sperandio M. 2, Versaci F. 1, Simonetti G. 2, Chiariello L. 1

1 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 2 Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Rome, Italy


AIM: Aim of our study was to evaluate Multidetector 64-slice Spiral Computed Tomography (MSCT) as an alternative to traditional coronary angiography (CA) to detect concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients initially admitted for non-coronary surgical procedures.
METHODS: We have analyzed data of 380 consecutive patients operated from 2006 to 2008 initially admitted for aortic (N.=170) or mitral (N.=67) valve disease, ascending aorta aneurysm ± aortic valve disease (N.=99), and other (combined valve diseases, tumors; N.=44). These patients were submitted either to MSCT (Group CT, N.=112) or to CA (Group A, N.=268). Inclusion criteria to perform MSCT were no previous myocardial infarction or documented CAD, normal left ventricular function, sinus rhythm, less than 2-3 premature ventricular or atrial contractions /min.
RESULTS: In Group CT, CAD was definitively excluded in 95 patients (85%) and was detected in 17; 8 of those 17 patients were subsequently submitted to CA and coronary artery bypass surgery for significant CAD. As compared to those in Group A, patients in Group CT were younger (64±15 vs. 70±10 years, P<0.0001), had less hypertension (P=0.0001), chest pain (P<0.05), peripheral vascular disease (P<0.05). NYHA class, incidence of diabetes, smoking habit, family history of CAD were similar. The incidence of operative mortality, postoperative myocardial infarction was not significantly different in both Group CT (0%) and A (0.4%) (P=NS).
CONCLUSION: In selected cardiac surgical patients less invasive 64-slice MSCT can be with some limits an alternative to CA to rule out CAD, as confirmed by the absence of postoperative ischemic complications.

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