Published on:December 2016
    Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 2016; 7(4):155-157
    Case Report | doi:10.5530/jcdr.2016.4.6

    An Alternative Aortotomy Technique for Aortic Valve Replacement in Porcelain Aorta


    Mustafa Aldag,* Ufuk Ciloglu, Sebnem Albeyoglu, Hakan Kutlu, Cemal Kocaaslan

    Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey


    Porcelain aorta is extensive calcification of the ascending aorta that can be completely or near completely circumferential. Here we report a case of severe aortic stenosis and left anterior descending coronary osteal stenosis in a patient with a porcelain aorta. In this paper an alternative aortotomy approach; reverse “T” letter aortotomy incision is described for Type IB porcelain aorta. Patient underwent aortic valve replacement in addition coronary bypass grafting via sternotomy. The surgery and the postoperative course were uneventful and she was discharged at 7th day. This aortotomy technique prevents unnecessary and risky manipulations of extensive calcificated porcelain aorta, provides perfect exposure, and can be closed securely via dacron patch after aortic valve surgery. By the help of the described aortotomy technique, AVR can be the preferred choice in patients with porcelain aorta and multiple cardiac comorbidities requiring additional procedures, such as coronary bypass.

    Key words: Porcelain aorta, Aortic stenosis, Aortotomy.

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