Cardiovascular Manifestations and Complications of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome: CT and MR Imaging Findings.
Radiographics. 2018 Jan-Feb;38(1):275-286. doi: 10.1148/rg.2018170120. Loughborough WW1, Minhas KS1, Rodrigues JCL1, Lyen SM1, Burt HE1, Manghat NE1, Brooks MJ1, Stuart G1, Hamilton MCK1.
Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is a recently described genetic connective tissue disorder with a wide spectrum of multisystem involvement. LDS is characterized by rapidly progressive aortic and peripheral arterial aneurysmal disease. LDS and the other inherited aortopathies such as Marfan syndrome have overlapping phenotypic features. However, LDS is characterized by a more aggressive vascular course; patient morbidity and mortality occur at an early age, with complications developing at relatively smaller aortic dimensions. In addition, there is more diffuse arterial involvement in LDS, with a large proportion of patients developing aneurysms of the iliac, mesenteric, and intracranial arteries. Early diagnosis and careful follow-up are essential for ensuring timely intervention in patients with arterial disease. Cross-sectional angiography has an important role in the baseline assessment, follow-up, and evaluation of acute complications of LDS, the thresholds and considerations of which differ from those of other inherited aortopathies. In this article, LDS is compared with other genetic vascular connective tissue disorders. In addition, the genetic, histopathologic, and cardiovascular manifestations of this disease process are reviewed, with a focus on computed tomographic and magnetic resonance imaging findings. Online DICOM image stacks and supplemental material are available for this article. ©RSNA, 2018.