Management of Adults With Normally Functioning Congenitally Bicuspid Aortic Valves and Dilated Ascending Aortas.
Roberts, W. C., S. Siddiquiz, A. E. Rafael-Yarihuaman and C. S. Roberts (2020). “Management of Adults With Normally Functioning Congenitally Bicuspid Aortic Valves and Dilated Ascending Aortas.” Am J Cardiol 125(1): 157-160.
We describe herein a 65-year-old woman who underwent resection of a dilated (5.1 cm) ascending aorta associated with a normally functioning congenitally bicuspid aortic valve. The patient provided the framework to discuss proper management-operative versus nonoperative-of the dilated ascending aorta associated with a normally functioning bicuspid aortic valve. Unfortunately, there is inadequate data to provide an unequivocal answer to this dilemma. Operative intervention requires that the short-term risk of the prophylactic procedure be considerably lower than the long-term risk of aortic dissection/rupture without operative intervention. Because there is no proof that operative intervention provides less morbidity and lower mortality, nonoperative management at this time seems to be the better approach.