Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2007 Jul;40(7):508-511.

A Case Report of Acute Type II Aortic Dissection in a Patient with Marfan's Syndrome and Who Was 24 Weeks Pregnant: A case report

  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea. hyun227@amc.seoul.kr


The causes of aortic dissection are usually hypertension, connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, congenital valvular abnormality such as bicuspid aortic valve, iatrogenic injury, pregnancy and drugs. Previous studies have shown that 50% of all dissections in women less than 40 years age were associated with pregnancy. Almost all aortic dissections during pregnancy occur during the third trimester or during labor and delivery. Marfan's syndrome is a particularly important predisposing factor for aortic dissection during pregnancy. We report here on a case of surgical treatment for acute type II aortic dissection in a Marfan syndrome patient who was 24 weeks pregnant, and we include a review of literature.


Aortic dissection; Pregnancy; Marfan syndrome
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