A 57-year-old man with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection was evaluated in October 1997 with complaints of weakness of the right lower extremity. A chest computerized axial tomographic scan revealed a type I aortic dissection. He underwent surgical repair including resuspension of the aortic valve and placement of a 32-mm interposition graft between the aortic root and the transverse arch. Postoperatively he required abdominal aorta fenestration and stenting for ischemia of the left lower extremity. Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging 3 1/2 years postoperatively showed a normal-sized ascending and transverse aorta and the residual dissection in the descending thoracic and abdominal aorta. The thoracic and abdominal aorta diameters have remained stable. Select patients with type I aortic dissection and HIV infection are candidates for surgical repair.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine