Update on bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy

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Abstract

Purpose of review

The appropriate treatment of bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated aortopathy is still controversial. We aimed to summarize recent evidence from the literature that focused on the prediction of aortopathy progression and adverse aortic events.

Recent findings

Following the detailed description of valvulo–aortic phenotypes in BAV disease in the previous imaging studies, the most current research focused on the definition of hemodynamic markers that may affect the progression of BAV-associated aortopathy and search for blood-born biomarkers to improve the prediction of adverse aortic events. Furthermore, genetic analyses are ongoing and some preliminary data will be presented.

Summary

Serological biomarkers are a novel and promising diagnostic tool for screening thoracic aortic aneurysmal disease and prediction future adverse aortic events. In combination with rheological imaging as well as traditional risk factors diagnostic accuracy and cost-effectiveness of care in BAV-associated aortopathy will improve significantly.

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