Asymptomatic giant ascending aortic aneurysm: a challenging surgical strategy for a silent bicuspid aortopathy

Submitted: January 29, 2024
Accepted: March 12, 2024
Published: March 18, 2024
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We report the case of an incidental finding of a huge aneurysm of the ascending aorta with a congenital bicuspid aortic valve type 0-lateral. This severe condition was totally unknown to the patient, who was asymptomatic for cardiovascular disease. The aneurysmal mass involved the entire mediastinum, altering the normal anatomical relations, so the operative strategy was modified intraoperatively, tailoring the surgical technique to the anatomical conditions found. Despite a delayed awakening, the patient had an uncomplicated postoperative course. Therefore, this case highlights the importance of not underestimating nonspecific, seemingly harmless symptoms and signs that may reveal potentially catastrophic pathologies, while also focusing on the surgical technique used. The modified Cabrol procedure, while an underutilized technique, if present in the cardiac surgeon's "arsenal," can represent a life-saving strategy in complex cases requiring an aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement.



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Romeo, Maria Grazia, Emanuele Pilato, Raffaele Giordano, Giuseppe Comentale, Gabriele Iannelli, Domenico Romeo, Bruna Miserrafiti, and Luigi Di Tommaso. 2024. “Asymptomatic Giant Ascending Aortic Aneurysm: A Challenging Surgical Strategy for a Silent Bicuspid Aortopathy”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, March.