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Sumario Vol. 42 - Nº 2 Abril - Junio 2013

Aortic Aneurysm in Marfan Syndrome

Geovedy Martínez-García, Nadia Sánchez-Torres,
Liz Cruz-Rodríguez, Yoanis Cárdenas-Fernández,
Alberto Hernández-González

Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Central "Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay".
Corrales 463 e/ Ángeles e Indio, Habana Vieja.
Ciudad de La Habana (10200), Cuba.
Correo electrónico

The authors declare not having a conflict of interest.
Rev Fed Arg Cardiol. 2013; 42(2): 157-158

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61-year-old male patient, with history of right pulmonary abscess and myocardial infarction. He consulted because of shortness of breath for three months and sweating, tachycardia and concomitant precordial pain.

In the physical examination, 2.10 meters of height is verified, long and thin limbs, arachnodactyly, positive thumb and wrist sign, flat feet, decreased adipose panniculus, pectus carinatum with decrease of expansibility. He presents superficial polypnea with bibasilar crackles, more pronounced in the left hemithorax, irregular and jumpy pulse, wide apex beat, and shifted outside the midclavicular line, muffled first sound and systodiastolic murmur in the left sternal edge with predominance of diastolic component.

Transthoracic echo (Figure 1) shows dilated ascending aorta, with pyriform aspect, with diameter of 65 mm, non-dilated aortic annulus and normal aortic arch (34 mm), with mild left ventricular hypertrophy and preserved systolic function of the left ventricle (LV) (Teich: 69%; longitude-area: 50%). Cardiac Doppler echo reveals severe aortic insufficiency with mild aortic stenosis.

Figure 1.


During cardiac catheterization (Figure 2), the coronary arterial tree could not be catheterized because of the extreme aneurysmatic dilatation of the aortic root. Computerized tomography (Figure 3) showed the aneurysmatic dilatation of the ascending aorta that is 57 mm in its longitudinal section and 60 mm in the transversal one, without involving the supra-aortic vessels.

Figure 2.


Figure 3.


According to the new diagnostic criteria for Marfan Syndrome published in 2010 [1], that arise from the review of the classical Ghent criteria, the phenotype of the patient characterizes the diagnosis of Marfan syndrome.

According to the reviewed Ghent criteria, in the presence of dilatation (Z≥2) or aortic dissection, absence of ectopia lentis and molecular study of the FBN1 state unknown or negative, as in this case, the diagnosis will be made with the presence of enough systemic findings (≥7 points according to a score) and ruling out other entities with similar phenotypes. When complying with the premise of a ≥7 points score and clinically ruling out the Ehlers-Danlos and Loeys-Dietz syndromes, the conclusion is drawn that the patient is carrier of Marfan syndrome.

The diagnosis of this entity is usually made during childhood and adolescence [2-6], so the late diagnosis of the presented case stands out, in spite of the patient having made prior medical visits, which leads us to think about the lack of clinical suspicion.




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