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Unilateral versus bilateral anterograde cerebral perfusion in acute type A aortic dissection repair: A systematic review and meta-analysis
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  • Panagiotis T. Tasoudis,
  • Dimitrios N. Varvoglis,
  • Evangelos Vitkos,
  • John Ikonomidis,
  • Thanos Athanasiou
Panagiotis T. Tasoudis
Panepistemio Thessalias Tmema Iatrikes

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Dimitrios N. Varvoglis
Panepistemio Thessalias Tmema Iatrikes
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Evangelos Vitkos
Surgery Working Group Society of Junior Doctors Athens Greece
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John Ikonomidis
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Surgery
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Thanos Athanasiou
Panepistemio Thessalias Tmema Iatrikes
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Objectives: The aim of the study is to compare the safety and efficacy of unilateral anterograde cerebral perfusion (UACP) and bilateral anterograde cerebral perfusion (BACP) for acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD). Methods: A systematic review of MEDLINE (PubMed), Scopus, and Cochrane Library databases (last search: August 7 th, 2021) was performed according to the PRISMA statement. Studies directly comparing UACP versus BACP for ATAAD were included. Random-effects meta-analyses were performed. Results: Eight retrospective cohort studies were identified, incorporating 2416 patients (UACP: 843, BACP: 1573). No statistically significant difference was observed regarding in-hospital mortality (odds ratio [OR]:1.05 [95% Confidence Interval (95%CI):0.70-1.57]), permanent neurological deficit (PND) (OR: 0.94 [95%CI:0.52-1.70]), transient neurological deficit (TND) (OR: 1.37 [95%CI:0.98-1.92]), renal failure (OR: 0.96 [95%CI:0.70-1.32]), and re-exploration for bleeding (OR: 0.77 [95%CI:0.48-1.22]). Meta-regression analysis revealed that PND and TND were not influenced by differences in rates of total arch repair, Bentall procedure and concomitant CABG in UACP and BACP groups. Cardiopulmonary bypass time (Standard Mean Difference [SMD]:-0.11 [95%CI:-0.22, 0.44]), Cross clamp time (SMD:-0.04 [95%CI:-0.38, 0.29]) and hypothermic circulatory arrest time (SMD:-0.12 [95%CI:-0.55, 0.30]) were comparable between UACP and BACP. Intensive care unit stay was shorter in BACP arm (SMD:0.16 [95%CI:0.01, 0.31]), however, length of hospital stay was shorter in UACP arm (SMD:-0.25 [95%CI:-0.45, -0.06]). Conclusions: UACP and BACP had similar results in terms of in-hospital mortality, PND, TND, renal failure and re-exploration for bleeding rate in patients with ATAAD. ICU stay was shorter in the BACP arm while LOS was shorter in the UACP arm.
16 May 2022Published in Perfusion on pages 026765912210954. 10.1177/02676591221095468