Repair type I aortic dissection in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus infection

Frank A. Baciewicz, Rodger D. MacArthur, Lawrence R. Crane

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-919
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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