Ascending aortic aneurysm exposed to direct impingement of e
Single-leaflet tilting-disc aortic valve prostheses are known to generate eccentric transvalvular flow jets. These prostheses are routinely inserted with the major valve opening directed toward the non-coronary sinus to achieve more favorable hemodynamic performance. From the viewpoint of blood flow dynamics, the structural and functional properties of tilting-disc aortic valves resemble those of congenital bicuspid aortic valves with right- and left-coronary leaflet fusion, which have been associated with aortopathy in the ascending aorta.

Journal of Surgical Case Reports, Volume 2019, Issue 5, May 2019, rjz127 describes the case of a patient who had undergone aortic valve replacement in 1987 with a Björk-Shiley tilting-disc valve and required reoperation for ascending aortic aneurysm 29 years later. Eccentric flow jets through the tilting-disc valve directly impinged on the posterior wall of the ascending aorta including the aortotomy suture line, possibly contributing to the development of the saccular aneurysm in the ascending aorta.

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