This study was undertaken to assess the frequency and outcome of cardiovascular surgery in children with Marfan or Loeys-Dietz syndrome.Methods:
A retrospective review from 2 regional Marfan subspecialty clinics was performed. Between 1997 and 2007, 204 children with Marfan syndrome and 17 children with Loeys-Dietz syndrome were followed serially. Of these patients, 35 were identified who had undergone cardiovascular surgery at 18 years of age or less. Demographic, echocardiographic, and surgical data were collected.Results:
Surgery was performed at a median of 3 years (0–15 years) after diagnosis and a mean age of 11.5 ± 6.2 years. Aortic root replacement was the initial surgery in 30 patients, and mitral valve surgery was the initial surgery in 8 patients, with 3 patients undergoing both. Aortic root replacement was performed using a composite root replacement in 9 patients and valve-sparing techniques in 21 patients (remodeling in 8 patients and reimplantation in 13 patients). Eight patients underwent reoperation at a mean of 4.7 ± 3.0 years after aortic surgery: 3 for aortic insufficiency, 2 for dissection, 2 for valve thrombosis, and 1 for a distal aneurysm. Adverse outcomes included reoperation in 8 patients, aneurysm in 1 patient, and death due to dissection or stroke in 3 patients. Variables associated with an adverse outcome included preoperative aortic insufficiency, valve replacement, and absence of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy.Conclusion:
Patients with Marfan or Loeys-Dietz syndrome requiring surgery during childhood have a favorable long-term outcome. Those undergoing valve-sparing root replacement or mitral valve repair have a low risk for reoperation. Postoperative angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy confers clinical benefit.