Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021): American Journal of Surgical Research and Reviews

Intra-Operative Rupture of Giant Ascending Aorta and Aortic Arch Aneurysm In Open Heart Surgery: A Successful Peri-operative Management

Issaka Zallé , Mohamed El-Alaoui, Djeinaba Kane, Drissi Boumzebra
Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco.


  • Ascending aorta- aneurysm – Intra-operative rupture -Cerebral Protection – Open heart surgery- Successfully management

How to Cite

Issaka Zallé , Mohamed El-Alaoui, Djeinaba Kane, Drissi Boumzebra. (2021). Intra-Operative Rupture of Giant Ascending Aorta and Aortic Arch Aneurysm In Open Heart Surgery: A Successful Peri-operative Management. American Journal of Surgical Research and Reviews, 4(1), 18. https://doi.org/10.28933/ajsrr-2021-03-2205


Introduction: Giant thoracic aortic aneurysms are rare. Most of the reported cases are not a known complication of aortic coarctation repair. Otherwise intra-operative aneurysm ruptures are rare cases but a potentially fatal complication in open heart surgery.

Case report: In this article, we report the case of a 23-year-old patient with a giant ascending and arch aneurysm associated with a Standford type A chronic aortic dissection. In the patient’s history a coarctation repair at age of five years old was noted. During an open heart surgery for ascending aorta and hemi-arch replacement under cardiopulmonary bypass, aneurysm rupture occurred before aortic cross-clamp. A successful intraoperative and post-operative management was performed. The course was uneventful. The patient was extubated without neurological damage. Moreover, there were no kidney function deterioration, no digestive and limbs ischemia.

Conclusion: Intra-operative aneurysm rupture is rare but is a major operative complication whose successful repair depends on an integrated intra-operative management. Cerebrovascular and heart protection are the main determinants of patient survival. Also, the surgical team’s prompt response is the key to the successful execution of the procedure.


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