Publication Date

2-1-2019

Journal

The Texas Heart Institute Journal

DOI

10.14503/THIJ-17-6387

PMID

30833837

Publication Date(s)

February 2019

Language

English

PMCID

PMC6379001

PubMedCentral® Posted Date

2-1-2019

PubMedCentral® Full Text Version

Post Print

Published Open-Access

yes

Keywords

Adrenergic beta-Antagonists, Aortic Dissection, Angiotensin Receptor Antagonists, Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic, Drug Therapy, Combination, Echocardiography, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, Male, Prognosis, Young Adult

Abstract

Loeys-Dietz syndrome is a genetic disorder that predisposes patients to aortic aneurysms. If left untreated, the natural history of the associated aortopathy often culminates in fatal aortic dissection. We describe the case of a 21-year-old man who was diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz syndrome after 2 family members died of aortic dissection. This case highlights the importance of increased physician awareness of this syndrome, which can play a crucial role in preventing premature sudden cardiac death caused by aortic catastrophe.

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