Recent Advances in Acute Type A Aortic Dissection

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Type A acute aortic dissection (TAAAD) is an acute cardiovascular condition that is normally associated with genetic conditions such as Marfan Syndrome, but it can also occur in patients with no ...
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Brain Protection During Repair for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection

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Meng-Ta Tsai and Chwan-Yau Luo


Brain protection is a critical issue in distal reconstruction of acute type A aortic dissection, during which the open anastomosis within the aortic arch inevitably requires temporary exclusion of the cerebral blood flow. Several brain protection strategies, either by decreasing brain metabolism or by supplying the brain with oxygenated blood, have been developed and widely investigated. This chapter reviews the history, rationale, experimental studies, and clinical results of different brain protection strategies. Their individual pros and cons, clinical comparative results, and evolving trends are discussed.


Antegrade cerebral perfusion, Bilateral, Brachial artery cannulation, Carotid artery cannulation, Cerebral protection, Deep, Distal perfusion, Hypothermic circulatory arrest: Profound, Innominate artery cannulation, Mild, Moderate, Neurocognitive deficit, Open anastomosis, Permanent neurologic deficit, Retrograde cerebral perfusion, Right axillary artery cannulation, Spinal cord protection, Transient neurologic deficit, Unilateral, Visceral organ protection.


Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, National Cheng Kung University Hospital and College of Medicine, 138 Sheng-Li Road, Tainan 704, Taiwan.