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01.12.2019 | Research | Ausgabe 1/2019 Open Access

Cardiovascular Ultrasound 1/2019

Left ventricular geometric patterns in patients with type A aortic dissection

Cardiovascular Ultrasound > Ausgabe 1/2019
Soo-Jin Kim, Tae-Ho Park, Young-Rak Cho, Kyungil Park, Jong-Sung Park, Moo Hyun Kim, Young-Dae Kim



Aortic dilatation is a major risk factor for aortic dissection. The aim of the present study was to assess the relationship between left ventricular (LV) geometry and maximal ascending aorta (MAA).


We reviewed data from patients who were diagnosed with acute type A aortic dissection and who underwent surgical management from December 2002 to March 2016 at Dong-A University Hospital. Among 151 patients with non-Marfan aortic dissection in the study, 50 who had echocardiography preoperatively were investigated and MAA diameter was analyzed by LV geometric patterns.


Patients’ mean age was 59.6 ± 13.5 years and 38.0% were male. The mean MAA diameter was 52.9 ± 8.5 mm. MAA diameter was significantly correlated with LV mass index (r = 0.62, P < 0.001). On analysis by LV geometry, MAA diameter showed a significant difference between the 4 groups (P = 0.02), and the eccentric and concentric hypertrophy groups showed significantly larger MAA diameter than the other two groups.


MAA diameter was associated with LV mass index and was significantly different between LV geometry types. In this study, not only concentric hypertrophy but also eccentric LV hypertrophy was related to larger MAA in type A aortic dissection patients.
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