Natalia O. Glebova, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver, discusses how connective tissue disorders (CTDs) affect the vascular system, and describes the best treatment options. She discusses our current understanding of Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Loeys-Dietz syndrome.
These syndromes may affect many parts of the cardiovascular system. The focus of this presentation is the thoracic and abdominal aorta, and the best treatment options for the dissections and aneurysms of the aorta suffered by patients with CTDs. She describes both open and minimally invasive or endovascular options, and reviews the experience of treating patients with CTDs with these different approaches.