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Beyond the root: dilatation of the distal aorta in Marfan's syndrome.

Authors
  • Engelfriet, P M
  • Boersma, E
  • Tijssen, J G P
  • Bouma, B J
  • Mulder, B J M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Heart
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2006
Volume
92
Issue
9
Pages
1238–1243
Identifiers
PMID: 16488927
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Almost one in every three aortic events occurring during follow up of these patients involved the distal aorta. After elective aortic root replacement, a dilated distal aorta is more common than before. Moreover, an increased diameter of the descending aorta is associated with a higher risk of aortic events in patients without previous dissection or aortic root replacement, independent of the diameter of the aortic root. Careful monitoring of the entire aorta is essential for the optimal management of patients with Marfan's syndrome, especially after elective surgery, but is insufficiently performed in Europe.

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