Significant aortic calcification is a known sequelae of homograft aortic root replacement and creates a treatment challenge if these patients require cardiac reintervention. The standard surgical option for patients requiring an aortic valve replacement in the setting of a calcified aortic homograft has been a Bentall procedure, which is high-risk with extended cross-clamp, cardiopulmonary bypass and operative times. We present a patient with a severely calcified aortic homograft who underwent successful valve replacement using a rapid deployment aortic valve leaving the aortic root and arch intact and avoiding the more extensive redo aortic root replacement. Similar cases in the literature are rare.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- great vessels
- valve repair/replacement