Treatment of Aortic Root Aneurysm and Mitral Valve Pathology through a Single Aortotomy

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Aortic root aneurysms combined with lesions of the mitral valve requires synchronous operations. The conventional approach is to treat the two lesions through separate aortic and atrial incisions.


From May 2009 to August 2012, 28 transaortic mitral valve operations were performed. There were 23 males and five females, the age ranged from 18 to 75 years, mean 41 ± 16 years. The operative procedures included Bentall + MVR in 20 patients, Bentall + MVP in three patients, Bentall + total arch replacement + stent elephant trunk + MVP in one patient, Bentall + total arch replacement + stent elephant trunk + MVR in two patients, Bentall + MVP + CABG in two patients. Follow-up was completed for all patients, with a mean follow-up period of 22 ± 10 months and a maximum of 42 months.


Transaortic mitral valve surgery was successful for all patients. There was a reoperation in two patients for bleeding. In the MVP group, there was mild regurgitation in two cases before discharge, without further development during the follow-up. In the MVR group, there was paravalvular leakage in one patient three months later, which required repair. There were no deaths in the hospital and the follow-up period, and no valve-associated complication during the follow-up period. The heart function of all patients during the follow-up period was Level I–II (NYHA).


Transaortic mitral valve operation is a feasible surgical approach to treat patients with aortic root aneurysms combined with mitral valve lesions.

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