Vagelis Boultadakis1, Nikolaos G Baikoussis1, Victoras Panagiotakopoulos1, Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou1, Polyxeni Xelidoni2, Stratos Anagnostou2, Christos Charitos1
1 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Extracorporeal Circulation Unit, Evangelismos General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
2 Anaesthesiology Department, Extracorporeal Circulation Unit, Evangelismos General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
Severe atherosclerotic calcification of the ascending aorta, the so-called porcelain aorta, precludes cardiac surgeons from placing an aortic cross-clamp and direct aortic cannulation due to the increased risk of systemic embolism and stroke. In the present report, we support the option of sutureless valve implantation in a case of a porcelain ascending aorta, with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and also without aortic cross-clamp.
Nikolaos G Baikoussis
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