BOSTON – January 25, 2022 – Experts from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) have compiled current guidelines with which to approach patients with type B aortic dissection.
Type B aortic dissection (TBAD) is acknowledged as the most common catastrophic aortic event. Treatment guidelines have not remained current, “justifying a thoughtful and careful approach that includes patient-specific interventional or open surgical therapies depending on clinical and pathoanatomic features”
An STS/AATS writing group performed a systematic comprehensive review to produce treatment recommendations for acute and chronic, complicated TBAD. The document reviews alternative and adjunctive interventions to reduce complications. The group also identified the gaps in the current knowledge of TBAD that should be the subject of future research.
“The AATS would like to congratulate the members of the collaborative AATS/STS writing group on producing this comprehensive guideline document for the management of patients with type B aortic dissection,” says Leonard N. Girardi, MD, O. Wayne Isom Professor, Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian Hospital | Weill Cornell Medicine. “The recommendations put forth by this esteemed collection of aortic experts is a repository of best contemporary evidence-based strategies for care of this complex disease. These guidelines also stand as a living document upon which timely revisions can be made given the rapid evolution in technology and innovation for the treatment of patients with a wide range of aortic pathology.”
View guideline at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.11.091
About AATS and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is an international organization that encourages, promotes, and stimulates the scientific investigation of cardiothoracic surgery. Founded in 1917 by a respected group of the earliest pioneers in the field, its original mission was to “foster the evolution of an interest in surgery of the Thorax.” Today, the AATS is the premiere association for cardiothoracic surgeons in the world and works to continually enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality of patient care. Its more than 1,500 members have a proven record of distinction within the specialty and have made significant contributions to the care and treatment of cardiothoracic disease. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is an official publication of AATS.
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About STS and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing 7,700 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to advance cardiothoracic surgeons’ delivery of the highest quality patient care through collaboration, education, research, and advocacy. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is the official journal of STS and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. It has an impact factor of 4.33. For more information, visit sts.org.