Homograft replacement of aortic valve and ascending aorta in a patient with non-specific giant cell aortitis.


A case of giant cell aortitis causing ascending aortic aneurysm associated with aortic regurgitation is reported. The aneurysm was excised and the aortic valve replaced using a fresh homograft. The patient has been followed up for three and a half years. There is good evidence of correction of the haemodynamic lesion and no evidence of further arteritis or aneurysmal formation. The pathological and clinical problem of this disease are discussed.

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