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Frozen Elephant Trunk Technique in a Patient with Multiple Previous Cardiac Procedures: A Case Report

Torsten Christ, Alexander Lembcke, Michael Laule, Pascal Dohmen

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Med Sci Monit Basic Res 2016; 22:67-69

DOI: 10.12659/MSMBR.900105

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Published: 2016-06-30


BACKGROUND: We present the case of a 69-year-old female patient with giant aortic aneurysm who underwent previously multiple cardiac surgeries or interventions.
CASE REPORT: Ross procedure was performed in 2006 due to aortic valve regurgitation and aneurysm of the ascending aorta. In 2010 the patient was re-admitted for pulmonary valve insufficiency and a transcatheter pulmonary valve was implanted. Recently, the patient presented with an aortic arch aneurysm, maximum diameter 78 mm, which was treated by a hybrid approach, implanting a frozen elephant trunk and a covered stent graft.
CONCLUSIONS: The current case report demonstrates a suitable hybrid option for an extremely demanding procedure by multiple previous cardiac procedures.

Keywords: aortic aneurysm, Chimera, Reoperation



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