Replacement of the Ascending Aorta for Severe Atherosclerosis During Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Gullu A. Ü., Okten E. M., Akay M. H., Senay S., Kocyigit M., Toraman F., ...More

JOURNAL OF CARDIAC SURGERY, vol.27, no.5, pp.538-542, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2012.01510.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.538-542
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Background and Aim: In the present study, we investigated the benefit of ascending aorta replacement in patients with severe aortic atherosclerosis who undergo coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). Methods: From January 2001 to April 2011, 3842 patients underwent CABG and in 36 of these patients (31 male, 5 female) the ascending aorta was replaced due to severe atherosclerosis. Total circulatory arrest was used in 22 patients (61%). The patients were followed for 69 +/- 36 months (1-133 months) and compared to a control group of patients. The control group consisted of patients who underwent CABG with or without a concomitant procedure (n = 3806). Results: For the study group, the mean additive and logistic Euroscores of the patients were nine and 20, respectively. One stroke (2.8%) was observed and this patient died in the early postoperative period. There were a total of four confirmed deaths (12%) at any time point over the length of the follow-up among the patients who were discharged from the hospital. Two of them died of malignancy (lung and gastric tumors) and the other two from cardiac reasons. No patients had a stroke during follow-up. For the control group the mean age was 61 +/- 1, the stroke rate was 0.6%, and the mortality rate was 0.96%, and the mean logistic and additive Euroscores were 3.7 +/- 4.4, and 3.5 +/- 2.5, respectively. Conclusions: Replacement of highly calcified ascending aortas during CABG can be safely performed in selected patients with good long-term outcomes. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2012.01510.x (J Card Surg 2012;27:538-542)