Article Abstract

Why to be cautious with the use of the frozen elephant trunk in acute type A aortic dissection

Authors: William J. Morshuis

Abstract

Already at the second meeting Aortic meeting in Bologna, I showed a slide confirming that type A dissection is a life-threatening disease with high rate of early mortality. What threatens the patients is blood in the pericardium causing tamponade. In Germany and The Netherlands patients are operated on within hours.