Asymmetric dimethylarginine: Is it a risk facgtor in the repair of aortic coarctation?

J Card Surg. 2021 Aug;36(8):2735-2740. doi: 10.1111/jocs.15601. Epub 2021 May 16.


Background: Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase, causes endothelial dysfunction which is an important risk factor for mortality in adult cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to investigate whether there was a relationship between the aortic cross-clamping (ACC) time and serum ADMA level in aortic coarctation surgery and importance of the serum ADMA level as a marker of mortality and morbidity.

Method: Twenty-two patients undergoing surgery for aortic coarctation in the neonatal and early infant period were included in the study, and the patients were divided into two groups according to the aortic cross-clamping time (Group I: <20-min, Group II: >20-min).

Results: In Group I, preoperative and postoperative mean ADMA values of the patients were 0.57 ± 0.78 and 0.54 ± 0.83 µmol/L, respectively. In Group II, preoperative and postoperative mean ADMA values of the patients were 0.69 ± 0.93 and 1.10 ± 0.30 µmol/L, respectively. Preoperative-postoperative change of ADMA correlates with ACC time (r = .802, p < .005) and duration of postoperative inotropic support (r = .719, p < .05). Also a high correlation has been found between the ACC time and duration of inotropic support in both groups (r = .689, p < .05).

Conclusion: Perioperative serum ADMA levels could be used as a prognostic bio-marker in the patients undergoing aortic coarctation repair. Treatments to reduce serum ADMA levels can be valuable for preventing mortality and morbidity which develop after surgeries in a transient ischemia setting by clamping the aorta.

Keywords: asymmetric dimethylarginine; coarctation of aorta; endotelial dysfunction; morbidity; mortality.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta
  • Aortic Coarctation* / surgery
  • Arginine / analogs & derivatives
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase


  • N,N-dimethylarginine
  • Arginine
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase