Acute type B aortic dissection: Does aortic arch involvement affect management and outcomes? Insights from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD)

Thomas T. Tsai, Eric M. Isselbacher, Santi Trimarchi, Eduardo Bossone, Linda Pape, James L. Januzzi, Arturo Evangelista, Jae K. Oh, Alfredo Llovet, Joshua Beckman, Jeanna V. Cooper, Dean E. Smith, James B. Froehlich, Rossella Fattori, Kim A. Eagle, Christoph A. Nienaber

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Abstract

BACKGROUND - Stanford Type B acute aortic dissection (TB-AAD) spares the ascending aorta and is optimally managed with medical therapy in the absence of complications. However, the treatment of TB-AAD with aortic arch involvement (AAI) remains an unresolved issue. METHODS AND RESULTS - We examined 498 patients with TB-AAD enrolled in the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD) between 1996 and 2003. Kaplan-Meier mortality curves were constructed and multivariate regression models were performed to identify independent predictors of AAI and to evaluate whether AAI was an independent predictor of follow-up mortality. We found that 371 (74.5%) patients with TB-AAD did not have AAI versus 127 (25.5%) with AAI. Independent predictors of AAI were a history of previous aortic surgery (OR 3.4; 95% CI, 1.6 to 7.6; P=0.002), absence of back pain (OR 1.6; 95% CI, 1.1 to 2.5; P=0.05), and any pulse deficit (1.9; 95% CI, 1.1 to 3.3, P=0.03). Mortality for patients without AAI was 9.4%±4.3% and 21.0%±6.9% at 1 and 3 years versus 9.2%±7.7% and 19.9%±11.1% with AAI, respectively (mean follow-up overall, 2.3 years, log rank P=0.82). AAI was not an independent predictor of long-term mortality. CONCLUSIONS - Patients with TB-AAD and aortic arch involvement do not differ with regards to mortality at 3 years. Whether or not AAI involvement impacts other measures of morbidity such as freedom from operation or endovascular intervention deserves further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)I150-I156
JournalCirculation
Volume116
Issue number11 SUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Keywords

  • Aorta
  • Mortality
  • Risk factors
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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    Tsai, T. T., Isselbacher, E. M., Trimarchi, S., Bossone, E., Pape, L., Januzzi, J. L., Evangelista, A., Oh, J. K., Llovet, A., Beckman, J., Cooper, J. V., Smith, D. E., Froehlich, J. B., Fattori, R., Eagle, K. A., & Nienaber, C. A. (2007). Acute type B aortic dissection: Does aortic arch involvement affect management and outcomes? Insights from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD). Circulation, 116(11 SUPPL. 1), I150-I156. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.106.681510