Adequacy of central hemodynamics versus restoration of circulation in the survival of patients with acute aortic thrombosis

American Journal of Surgery
S C BabuR H Clauss


Acute aortic thrombosis is an infrequent clinical occurrence, but when it does occur, it is a true cardiovascular catastrophe. Our experience with 34 patients over a 12 year period was reviewed and factors influencing outcome were analyzed. Seventeen women and 17 men had various clinical presentations, although 74 percent of the patients had the classic picture of ischemia. Preoperative assessment of left ventricular function was carried out in all but one patient with intraoperative and perioperative monitoring to guide therapy in addition to revascularization procedures. While extent of the preexisting disease and number of additional operations did influence the outcome, the predominant factor for survival was the left ventricular functional state perioperatively. Fifteen of the 16 patients with adequate left ventricular function survived, whereas 15 of the 17 patients with a failing myocardium died (88 percent). Extraanatomic operations are preferable in patients with demonstrated inadequate left ventricular function. Expeditious restoration of circulation alone does not ensure a favorable outcome. The key to successful therapy is understanding, preventing, and effectively treating the mechanical and metabolic dysfunction o...Continue Reading


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