Successful surgical repair of aortic dissection presenting with complete heart block

Michael E Jessen, Vernon P H Horn, David E. Weaver, James D. Boehrer, W Steves Ring

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Acute dissection of the ascending aorta can present with complete heart block if the dissecting hematoma involves the interatrial septum near the atrioventricular node. We report a case of acute type A dissection presenting with complete heart block treated with emergency grafting of the ascending aorta, aortic valve replacement, and coronary artery bypass grafting. The patient survived, although complete heart block persisted requiring permanent pacemaker implantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1202-1203
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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