COMBINED REPLACEMENT OF THE AORTIC VALVE AND ASCENDING AORTA IN JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES: REPORT OF TWO CASES
Two Jehovah's Witnesses with large ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic insufficiency secondary to annuloaortic ectasia underwent successful combined replacement of the aortic valve and the ascending aorta. One patient received a composite graft containing an aortic valve prosthesis, which necessitated supravalvular coronary ostia reimplantation; the other patient underwent separate aortic valve and left supracoronary ascending aneurysm replacement, with reimplantation of the right coronary ostium into the graft. No blood or blood derivatives were administered. Both patients had uneventful recoveries and continue to do well. To our knowledge, they represent the first reported cases of successful combined replacement of the aortic valve and ascending aorta in Jehovah's Witnesses.
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