Open Surgical Treatment of Acute Spontaneous Isolated Abdominal Aortic Dissection

Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jul:74:525.e13-525.e21. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2021.02.035. Epub 2021 Apr 6.


Background: The aim of this paper is to report our single-center experience in the open surgical treatment of acute spontaneous infrarenal isolated abdominal aortic dissection (siIAAD).

Methods: This was a single center retrospective study. Between January 2015 and 2020 ten patients were treated due to acute siIAAD with open surgery. There were no patients treated for chronic siIAAD in this time period. Patients who had concomitant thoracic aortic involvement were excluded from this report.

Results: The group consisted of 7 male and 3 female patients. History of hypertension was present in nine patients and six were active smokers. The abdominal/back pain was described in 9 patients, two had acute limb ischemia and three had aortic rupture. Median dissection length was 91 mm (65.7 - 106), median distance from the lowest renal artery was 30 mm (20.7 - 49.3) and median abdominal aortic diameter was 58.5 mm (32.5 - 66.2). Supracoeliac clamp was used in three cases with a ruptured aorta and suprarenal in two patients. The mean duration of proximal clamping time was 24.3 ± 7.49 min. One patient died of postoperative acute myocardial infarction, one suffered nonfatal pulmonary embolism and one had deep venous thrombosis. No aortic-related deaths and/or reinterventions occurred during the median follow-up of 32 months.

Conclusions: Acute siIAAD is a rare event which affects mostly male smokers with hypertension. Open surgery is a technically demanding procedure with acceptable complication rates and should be performed in specialized high-volume centers for the treatment of aortic disease. Future efforts to establish a multicenter registry to evaluate the prevalence of the disease and treatment options could provide better and more comprehensive guidelines for the treatment of acute siIAAAD.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / mortality
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / surgery*
  • Aortic Dissection / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Dissection / mortality
  • Aortic Dissection / surgery*
  • Constriction
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures* / adverse effects
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures* / mortality