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    Limited data exist on the management of complete vascular rings (CVR) in adults. We reviewed our institution's surgical experience in the management of these patients. Between 2010 and 2019, all adult patients that underwent a thoracotomy for a CVR repair were identified. We performed a retrospective medical record review of these patients to characterize their demographics and outcomes. Among the 5 patients identified (3 females, 2 males; Mean age 50 ± 9 years), anatomic variants were right arch and Kommerell diverticulum (KD) in 3 (60%) and double aortic arch in 2 (40%) patients. Indications for operation included dysphagia in 4 (80%), respiratory symptoms in 3 (60%) and aneurysmal KD in 1 (20%) patient. Two right aortic arch exclusion, 1 ligamentum arteriosum (LA) division, 1 LA division combined with a KD resection and 2 aortic reconstructions with interposition Dacron graft under partial cardiopulmonary bypass, were performed. Two carotid-subclavian artery transpositions prior to the thoracotomy were done. The postoperative length of stay was 10.0 (IQR 7.3-14.8) days. One reoperation for chylothorax and 1 for symptoms recurrence were performed for the same patient. Over a follow-up period of 1.4 (IQR 0.4-7.0) years, no mortality or major postoperative complications occurred. At their last follow-up visit, all patients reported no related remaining symptoms, except for persisting mild asthma in 1 patient. Open repair of CVR in adults can be performed safely with low complication rate. Symptoms improved in all patients after definitive repair. Copyright © 2021. Published by Elsevier Inc.


    Philippe Charbonneau, Dominique Fabre, Emmanuel Le Bret, Olaf Mercier, Adrian Crutu, Stéphan Haulon, Élie Fadel. A Ten-year Single-center Surgical Experience With Symptomatic Complete Vascular Rings. Annals of vascular surgery. 2022 Jan;78:70-76

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    PMID: 34175416

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