Prosthetic repair of coarctation of the aorta with particular reference to Dacron onlay patch grafts and late aneurysm formation

Patricia M. Clarkson, Peter W T Brandt, Brian G. Barratt-Boyes, John D. Rutherford, Alan R. Kerr, John M. Neutze

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Prosthetic material was used in the repair of coarctation of the aorta in 72 patients followed for 8 months to 24 years after operation. False aneurysms occurred late postoperatively in 1 of 17 instances when a tube graft was used to replace the resected aorta and in 1 of 2 patients when the graft bypassed the obstructed area. A Dacron® onlay patch graft (DOPG) was used in 52 patients as the primary method of repair, to revise a previous repair or as an adjunct to another procedure at the time of initial operation. True of false late aneurysm occurred between 6 and 18 years postoperatively in 5 of the 38 patients in whom a DOPG was used for primary repair of the coarctation or to revise an earlier repair, an actuarial incidence of 38% at 14 years. Diagnosis of aneurysm formation late post-operatively depends on awareness of this complication and careful assessment of lateral as well as posteroanterior chest radiographs. DOPG should be avoided whenever possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-346
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1985


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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