OBJECTIVES: We compared the results of 2 groups of patients who underwent aortic arch replacement with the frozen elephant trunk technique. In the first group, the distal anastomosis was performed in arch zone 2; in the second control group, the distal anastomosis was performed in arch zone 3. METHODS: Between January 2007 and April 2018, the frozen elephant trunk technique was used in 282 patients. The median age was 62 years (range 18-83 years), and 233 patients were men (82.6%). Two different frozen elephant trunk prostheses were used: the Jotec E-vita open prosthesis in 167 patients (59.2%) and the Vascutek Thoraflex hybrid prosthesis in 115 patients (40.8%). Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the distal anastomosis site: zone 2 group (69 patients) and zone 3 group (213 patients). The main indications were chronic aortic dissection (n = 164, 58.2%), degenerative aneurysm (n = 72, 25.5%) and acute aortic dissections (n = 45, 16%). RESULTS: The overall in-hospital mortality rate was 17%: 20% for the zone 2 group and 16% for the zone 3 group, without significant differences, also in terms of cardiopulmonary bypass and myocardial ischaemia times. However, the visceral ischaemia time was significantly shorter for the zone 2 group, whereas the antegrade selective cerebral perfusion time was significantly longer for the same group. Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury rate was lower in the zone 2 group. The overall postoperative paraplegia rate was 3.5%, whereas the occurrence of permanent neurological dysfunction and dialysis was 9% and 19%, respectively, with no significant differences between the groups. CONCLUSIONS: 'Proximalization' of the distal anastomosis can be used for arch reconstruction, especially in complex cases such as reoperations or acute aortic dissections. Furthermore, with the aid of branched hybrid grafts, a reduction of the visceral ischaemia time is achieved.

Open distal anastomosis in the frozen elephant trunk technique: initial experiences and preliminary results of arch zone 2 versus arch zone 3†

Di Marco L.;Coppola G.;Amodio C.;Berardi M.;Mariani C.;Votano D.;Bacchi Reggiani M. L.;Di Bartolomeo R.;Pacini D.
2019

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OBJECTIVES: We compared the results of 2 groups of patients who underwent aortic arch replacement with the frozen elephant trunk technique. In the first group, the distal anastomosis was performed in arch zone 2; in the second control group, the distal anastomosis was performed in arch zone 3. METHODS: Between January 2007 and April 2018, the frozen elephant trunk technique was used in 282 patients. The median age was 62 years (range 18-83 years), and 233 patients were men (82.6%). Two different frozen elephant trunk prostheses were used: the Jotec E-vita open prosthesis in 167 patients (59.2%) and the Vascutek Thoraflex hybrid prosthesis in 115 patients (40.8%). Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the distal anastomosis site: zone 2 group (69 patients) and zone 3 group (213 patients). The main indications were chronic aortic dissection (n = 164, 58.2%), degenerative aneurysm (n = 72, 25.5%) and acute aortic dissections (n = 45, 16%). RESULTS: The overall in-hospital mortality rate was 17%: 20% for the zone 2 group and 16% for the zone 3 group, without significant differences, also in terms of cardiopulmonary bypass and myocardial ischaemia times. However, the visceral ischaemia time was significantly shorter for the zone 2 group, whereas the antegrade selective cerebral perfusion time was significantly longer for the same group. Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury rate was lower in the zone 2 group. The overall postoperative paraplegia rate was 3.5%, whereas the occurrence of permanent neurological dysfunction and dialysis was 9% and 19%, respectively, with no significant differences between the groups. CONCLUSIONS: 'Proximalization' of the distal anastomosis can be used for arch reconstruction, especially in complex cases such as reoperations or acute aortic dissections. Furthermore, with the aid of branched hybrid grafts, a reduction of the visceral ischaemia time is achieved.
Leone A.; Di Marco L.; Coppola G.; Amodio C.; Berardi M.; Mariani C.; Votano D.; Bacchi Reggiani M.L.; Di Bartolomeo R.; Pacini D.
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