Femoral cannulation with long arterial cannula in aortic dissection

Nicola Luciani, Amedeo Anselmi, Franco Glieca, Giuseppe Lauria, Raphael De Geest, Gianfederico Possati

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The optimal cannulation site in repair of DeBakey type I aortic dissection is controversial, and malperfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass is facilitated by retrograde flow. We propose the use of a long arterial cannula through the femoral artery to achieve a proximal antegrade perfusion. The tip of the cannula is placed in the true lumen of the distal aortic arch through the common femoral artery (Seldinger technique and transesophageal echography guidance). In 9 patients, there was one case of operative mortality (cardiac death), and no cases of perioperative stroke, bowel ischemia, severe renal failure, or local complications. Proximal perfusion can achieved rapidly and through an easily accessible site.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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