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  1. Are Aortic Stent Grafts Safe in Pregnancy?

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    Khandanpour, Nader; Mehta, Tapan A.; Adiseshiah, M.; Meyer, Felicity J.

    2015-01-01

    Aortic stent grafts are increasingly used to treat aortic aneurysms and also other aortic pathologies. The safety of aortic stent grafts in pregnancy has never been studied or reported. We report on two cases of aortic stent grafts in pregnant women and discuss the effect of pregnancy on these aortic stent grafts. PMID:26229702

  2. [Stent Grafting for Aortic Dissection].

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    Uchida, Naomichi

    2016-07-01

    The purpose of stent graft for aortic dissection is to terminate antegrade blood flow into the false lumen through primary entry. Early intervention for primary entry makes excellent aortic remodeling and emergent stent grafting for complicated acute type B aortic dissection is supported as a class I. On the other hand stent grafting for chronic aortic dissection is controversial. Early stent grafting is considered with in 6 months after on-set if the diameter of the descending aorta is more than 40 mm. Additional interventions for residual false lumen on the downstream aorta are still required. Stent graft for re-entry, candy-plug technique, and double stenting, other effective re-interventions were reported. Best treatment on the basis of each anatomical and physical characteristics should be selected in each institution. Frozen elephant trunk is alternative procedure for aortic dissection without the need to take account of proximal anatomical limitation and effective for acute type A aortic dissection.

  3. Research of Customized Aortic Stent Graft Manufacture

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    Zhang, Lei; Chen, Xin; Liu, Muhan

    2017-03-01

    Thoracic descending aorta diseases include aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm, of which the natural mortality rate is extremely high. At present, endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has been widely used as an effective means for the treatment of descending aortic disease. Most of the existing coating stents are standard design, which are unable to meet the size or structure of different patients. As a result, failure of treatment would be caused by dimensional discrepancy between stent and vessels, which could lead to internal leakage or rupture of blood vessels. Therefore, based on rapid prototyping sacrificial core - coating forming (RPSC-CF), a customized aortic stent graft manufactured technique has been proposed in this study. The aortic stent graft consists of film and metallic stent, so polyether polyurethane (PU) and nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy with good biocompatibility were chosen. To minimum film thickness without degrading performance, effect of different dip coating conditions on the thickness of film were studied. To make the NiTi alloy exhibit super-elasticity at body temperature (37°C), influence of different heat treatment conditions on austenite transformation temperature (Af) and mechanical properties were studied. The results show that the customized stent grafts could meet the demand of personalized therapy, and have good performance in blasting pressure and radial support force, laying the foundation for further animal experiment and clinical experiment.

  4. Stent graft implantation in an aortic pseudoaneurysm associated with a fractured Cheatham-Platinum stent in aortic coarctation.

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    Kuhelj, Dimitrij; Berden, Pavel; Podnar, Tomaž

    2016-03-01

    We report a case of aortic pseudoaneurysm associated with a fractured bare Cheatham-Platinum stent following stenting for aortic coarctation. These complications were recognised 6 years after the implantation procedure and were successfully managed by percutaneous stent graft implantation. Staged approach for stent dilatation might prevent development of aortic pseudoaneurysms. In addition, careful follow-up is warranted after stenting for aortic coarctation, particularly in patients with recognised aortic wall injury.

  5. A Migrated Aortic Stent Graft Causing Erosive Spondylopathy

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    Gestrich, Christopher Probst, Chris; Wilhelm, Kai; Schiller, Wolfgang

    2013-12-15

    We report about a patient presenting with back pain 4 months after an uneventful endovascular implantation of an aortic stent graft. Computed tomography scan revealed a migration of the stent with consecutive endoleakage, kink formation, and movement of the stent toward the spine, which caused destruction of the aortic wall as well as vertebral necrosis. Explantation of the stent and replacement of the native aorta relieved the patient of his symptoms.

  6. Successful transfemoral aortic valve implantation through aortic stent graft after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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    Kawashima, Hideyuki; Watanabe, Yusuke; Kozuma, Ken

    2017-04-01

    The patient was a 91-year-old woman presenting with severe aortic valve stenosis. Pre-procedural computed tomography scan revealed a 45-mm abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TF-TAVI) was performed after endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) of the AAA. The 23-mm Edwards Sapien XT system passed through the aortic stent graft smoothly. This is the first case report showing that successful TF-TAVI can be performed through a prior abdominal aortic stent graft. TF-TAVI after EVAR of AAA is a feasible option for patients with extremely poor access.

  7. Endovascular Stent-Graft Repair as a Late Secondary Procedure After Previous Aortic Grafts

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    Matsagas, Miltiadis I. Anagnostopoulos, Constantine E.; Papakostas, John C.; DeRose, Joseph J.; Siminelakis, Stavros; Katsouras, Christos S.; Toumpoulis, Ioannis K.; Drossos, George E.; Michalis, Lampros K.

    2006-08-15

    Thoracic and abdominal aortic endovascular procedures as alternatives to aortic reoperations were studied in three different cases. An anastomotic aneurysm after previous thoracic aortic graft for coarctation, a second-stage elephant trunk repair (descending thoracic aortic aneurysm), and a secondary aneurysm proximal to a previous abdominal aortic graft were successfully treated with endovascular stent-grafts. During the follow-up period no lethal events or major aortic or graft-related complications were observed, except a type II endoleak in the anastomotic aortic aneurysm case. An endovascular stent-graft can be safely deployed into a previously implanted vascular graft, avoiding repeat surgery.

  8. Stent-Grafts for Unruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Current Status

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    Rose, John

    2006-06-15

    Aortic stent-grafts were introduced at the beginning of the 1990s as a less invasive method of dealing with aortic aneurysms in patients with poor cardiovascular reserve. The numbers of procedures performed worldwide has increased exponentially despite the current lack of any substantial evidence for long-term efficacy in comparison with the gold standard of open surgical grafting. This review summarizes the evolution of the abdominal aortic stent-graft, the techniques used for assessment and deployment, and the effect of the procedure on both the patient and the device. The recent publication of two national multicenter trials has confirmed that the endovascular technique confers a 2.5-fold reduction in 30-day mortality in comparison with open surgery. However, over 4 years of follow-up, there is a 3-fold increase in the risk of reintervention and the overall costs are 30% greater with endovascular repair. Although the improvement in aneurysm-related mortality persists in the mid-term, because of the initial reduction in perioperative mortality, the all-cause mortality rate at 4 years is actually no better than for open surgery. Longer-term data from the randomized trials are awaited as well as results from the latest trials utilizing state-of-the-art devices. Whilst the overall management of abdominal aortic aneurysms has undoubtedly benefited from the introduction of stent-grafts, open repair currently remains the gold standard treatment.

  9. Modification of an endovascular stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm

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    Moloye, Olajompo Busola

    Endovascular surgery is currently used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). A stent graft is deployed to exclude blood flow from the aneurysm sac. It is an effective procedure used in preventing aneurysm rupture, with reduced patient morbidity and mortality compared to open surgical repair. Migration and leakage around the device ("endoleak") due to poor sealing of the stent graft to the aorta have raised concerns about the long-term durability of endovascular repair. A preliminary study of cell migration and proliferation is presented as a prelude to a more extensive in vivo testing. A method to enhance the biological seal between the stent graft and the aorta is proposed to eliminate this problem. This can be achieved by impregnating the stent graft with 50/50 poly (DL-lactide co glycolic acid) (PLGA) and growth factors such as basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) or connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), at the proximal and distal ends. It is hypothesized that as PLGA degrades it will release the growth factors that will promote proliferation and migration of aortic smooth muscle cells to the coated site, leading to a natural seal between the aorta and the stent graft. In addition, growth factor release should promote smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction that will help keep the stent graft in place at the proximal and distal ends. It is shown that a statistically significant effect of increased cell proliferation and migration is observed for CTGF release. Less of an effect is noted for bFGF or just the PLGA. The effect is estimated to be large enough to be clinically significant in a future animal study. The long term goal of this study is to reduce migration encounter after graft deployment and to reduce secondary interventions of EVAR especially for older patients who are unfit for open surgical treatment.

  10. Endovascular Treatment of Mycotic Aortic Pseudoaneurysms with Stent-Grafts

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    Tiesenhausen, Kurt Hessinger, Michael; Tomka, Maurice; Portugaller, Horst; Swanidze, Shota; Oberwalder, Peter

    2008-05-15

    Mycotic aortic aneurysms remain a therapeutic challenge, especially in patients who are not suitable for open surgery. Endovascular treatment with stent-grafts in this indication is still disputed. Between January 2002 and January 2006, six patients with mycotic aneurysms of the thoracoabdominal or abdominal aorta were admitted to our department. All patients were male, aged 57-83 years (mean, 74.6 years). The mycotic aneurysms were diagnosed on the basis of clinical signs of infection, on CT, and, in four cases, on a positive blood culture. In all patients the mycotic aortic aneurysms were treated endovascularly by stent-graft implantation. Technical and clinical success was achieved in all patients. There was no in-hospital or 30-day mortality. In the follow-up period (range, 2-47 months) four patients died of cancer, cardiac failure, or unknown cause (one case). Two patients are still alive with nearly complete regression of the aneurysms. We conclude that treatment of mycotic aortic aneurysms with stent-grafts may be an alternative in selected patients.

  11. Stent graft types for endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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    Duffy, James M N; Rolph, Rachel; Waltham, Matthew

    2015-09-24

    The UK prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is estimated at 4.9% in over 65-year olds. Progressive and unpredictable enlargement can lead to rupture. Endovascular repair of AAAs involves a stent graft system being introduced via the femoral artery and manipulated within the aorta under radiological guidance. Following endograft deployment, a seal is formed at the proximal and distal landing zones to exclude the aneurysm sac from the circulation. With the increasing popularity of endovascular repair there has been an increase in the number of commercially available stent graft designs on the market. This is an update of the review first published in 2013. This review aimed to assess the different stent graft types for endovascular repair of AAA. The Cochrane Vascular Group Trials Search Co-ordinator (TSC) searched the Specialised Register (last searched February 2015) and the Cochrane Register of Studies (2015, Issue 1). Trial databases were searched by the TSC for details of ongoing and unpublished studies. All published and unpublished randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of stent graft types in the repair of AAAs were sought without language restriction and in consultation with the Cochrane Vascular Group TSC. We planned to conduct data collection and analysis in accordance with the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. No studies were identified that met the inclusion criteria. It was not possible to review the quality of the evidence in the absence of studies eligible for inclusion in the review. Unfortunately, no data exist regarding direct comparisons of the performance of different stent graft types. High quality randomised controlled trials evaluating stent graft types in abdominal endovascular aneurysm repair are required.

  12. Juxtarenal Modular Aortic Stent Graft Infection Caused by Staphylococcus aureus

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    Novotný, Róbert; Mitáš, Petr; Hlubocký, Jaroslav; Hrubý, Ján; Slautin, Andrey; Špunda, Rudolf; Lindner, Jaroslav

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. We are presenting a case report of an infected modular abdominal stent graft. Case Presentation. A 67-year-old male patient three years after Cook's modular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) graft implantation for juxtarenal AAA with an implantation of a stent extension into the right common iliac artery for type Ib endoleak. The patient was admitted into our center in severe condition with suspected retroperitoneal bleeding. Computed tomography angiography (CTAG) confirmed retroperitoneal bleeding in the right common iliac artery. An urgent surgical revision was indicated; destructed arterial wall around the stent extension in the right common iliac artery was discovered. Due to the severe state of health of the patient, a resection of the infected stent and affected arterial wall was performed, followed by an iliac-femoral crossover bypass. The patient was transported to the intensive care unit with hepatic and renal failure, with maximal catecholamine support. Combined antibiotic treatment was started. The patient died five hours after the procedure. The cause of death was multiorgan failure caused by sepsis. Hemocultures and perioperative microbiological cultures showed the infection agent to be Staphylococcus aureus methicillin sensitive. Conclusion. Stent graft infection is a rare complication. Treatment is associated with high mortality and morbidity. PMID:26904354

  13. Disintegration of the Top Stent on Zenith Abdominal Aortic Stent-Grafts.

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    Lindström, David; Wahlgren, Carl Magnus; Sonesson, Björn; Resch, Timothy

    2016-04-01

    To describe a heretofore unreported complication involving the Zenith Low Profile (LP) stent-graft. Two men, aged 75 and 67 years, respectively, underwent abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with a Zenith LP device. At 4 and 3 years, respectively, computed tomography angiography revealed separation of the proximal fixation stent from the stent-graft. In the first patient, there was stent-graft migration but no evidence of an endoleak; however, the aneurysm had grown. A fenestrated cuff was placed, sealing distally in the previous LP graft. The second patient had a type I endoleak. Open surgery was performed, and the main body of the graft was explanted. Postoperative examination of the device revealed that the fixation sutures on the suprarenal stent were still attached to the stent and had eroded through the graft material. Physicians should be aware of the potential for top stent separation from the Zenith LP stent-graft as a cause of endoleak and migration. © The Author(s) 2016.

  14. Late Pseudocoarctation Syndrome After Stent-Graft Implantation For Traumatic Aortic Rupture

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    Letocart, Vincent Fau, Georges Tirouvanziam, Ashok; Toquet, Claire; Al Habash, Oussama Guerin, Patrice; Rousseau, Herve; Crochet, Dominique

    2013-06-15

    The present observation illustrates an unusual complication occurring after stent-grafting (S-graft) for aortic isthmus rupture. A 22-year-old patient, treated by S-graft in the emergency department for traumatic aortic rupture, was readmitted 10 months later with pseudocoarctation syndrome. A membrane was found inside the stent-graft that had induced a pseudo-dissection, which caused the pseudocoarctation syndrome. Surgical treatment consisted of removing the stent-graft and membrane and replacing it with a vascular implant. The patient's clinical course was fair. The suggested mechanism was circumferential neoendothelialization of the stent-graft. Dehiscence caused the superior part of the membrane to drop into the lumen of the stent-graft creating a 'false channel' that compressed the 'true lumen' and induced 'pseudocoarctation' syndrome. The cause of the extensive neointimalization remains unexplained. Thoracic aortic stent-grafts require regular follow-up monitoring by angioscan or angio-magnetic resonance imaging.

  15. Late pseudocoarctation syndrome after stent-graft implantation for traumatic aortic rupture.

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    Letocart, Vincent; Fau, Georges; Tirouvanziam, Ashok; Toquet, Claire; Al Habash, Oussama; Guerin, Patrice; Rousseau, Hervé; Crochet, Dominique

    2013-06-01

    The present observation illustrates an unusual complication occurring after stent-grafting (S-graft) for aortic isthmus rupture. A 22-year-old patient, treated by S-graft in the emergency department for traumatic aortic rupture, was readmitted 10 months later with pseudocoarctation syndrome. A membrane was found inside the stent-graft that had induced a pseudo-dissection, which caused the pseudocoarctation syndrome. Surgical treatment consisted of removing the stent-graft and membrane and replacing it with a vascular implant. The patient's clinical course was fair. The suggested mechanism was circumferential neoendothelialization of the stent-graft. Dehiscence caused the superior part of the membrane to drop into the lumen of the stent-graft creating a "false channel" that compressed the "true lumen" and induced "pseudocoarctation" syndrome. The cause of the extensive neointimalization remains unexplained. Thoracic aortic stent-grafts require regular follow-up monitoring by angioscan or angio-magnetic resonance imaging.

  16. Endovascular Stent Grafting for Aortic Arch Aneurysm in Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease following Aortic Arch Debranching and Aortobifemoral Reconstruction

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    Canbay, Cagla; Onal, Yilmaz; Beyaz, Metin Onur; Sayin, Omer Ali; Barburoglu, Mehmet; Yornuk, Mesut; Acunas, Bulent; Alpagut, Ufuk; Dayioglu, Enver

    2017-01-01

    Treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms constitutes high mortality and morbidity rates despite improvements in surgery, anesthesia, and technology. Endovascular stent grafting may be an alternative therapy with lower risks when compared with conventional techniques. However, sometimes the branches of the aortic arch may require transport to the proximal segments prior to successful thoracic aortic endovascular stent grafting. Atherosclerosis is accounted among the etiology of both aneurysms and occlusive diseases that can coexist in the same patient. In these situations stent grafting may even be more complicated. In this report, we present the treatment of a 92-year-old patient with aortic arch aneurysm and proximal descending aortic aneurysm. For successful thoracic endovascular stent grafting, the patient needed an alternative route other than the native femoral and iliac arteries for the deployment of the stent graft. In addition, debranching of left carotid and subclavian arteries from the aortic arch was also required for successful exclusion of the thoracic aneurysm. PMID:28408933

  17. Simulation of bifurcated stent grafts to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)

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    Egger, J.; Großkopf, S.; Freisleben, B.

    2007-03-01

    In this paper a method is introduced, to visualize bifurcated stent grafts in CT-Data. The aim is to improve therapy planning for minimal invasive treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Due to precise measurement of the abdominal aortic aneurysm and exact simulation of the bifurcated stent graft, physicians are supported in choosing a suitable stent prior to an intervention. The presented method can be used to measure the dimensions of the abdominal aortic aneurysm as well as simulate a bifurcated stent graft. Both of these procedures are based on a preceding segmentation and skeletonization of the aortic, right and left iliac. Using these centerlines (aortic, right and left iliac) a bifurcated initial stent is constructed. Through the implementation of an ACM method the initial stent is fit iteratively to the vessel walls - due to the influence of external forces (distance- as well as balloonforce). Following the fitting process, the crucial values for choosing a bifurcated stent graft are measured, e.g. aortic diameter, right and left common iliac diameter, minimum diameter of distal neck. The selected stent is then simulated to the CT-Data - starting with the initial stent. It hereby becomes apparent if the dimensions of the bifurcated stent graft are exact, i.e. the fitting to the arteries was done properly and no ostium was covered.

  18. The Renal Impact of Aortic Stent-Grafting in Patients with a Horseshoe Kidney

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    Jackson, Ralph W. Fay, Dominic M.; Wyatt, Mike G.; Rose, John D.

    2004-11-15

    Aortic stent grafting may be an alternative to surgery for patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm and coexistent horseshoe kidney but is not without difficulties. This study examines the renal consequences of aortic stent grafting in such patients. This is a retrospective review of patients with horseshoe kidney in whom aortic stent grafting was performed between December 1995 and August 2000. Follow-up occurred within the EUROSTAR protocol and included measurement of serum creatinine. Of 130 patients in whom aortic stent grafting was performed, 4 had coexistent horseshoe kidney. In all patients the aneurysm was successfully excluded with the occlusion of between one and four anomalous renal arteries. At follow-up, no clinically significant renal impairment was detected. Endovascular aneurysm repair is an attractive option for patients with a horseshoe kidney and normal preoperative creatinine levels.

  19. Aortic Stent-Graft Infection Following Septic Complications of a Kidney Stone

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    Berg, H. Rogier van den Leijdekkers, Vanessa J.; Vahl, Anco

    2006-06-15

    A 73-year-old man was treated because of a renal pelvis blowout of the left kidney for which he received a nephrostomy catheter without antibiotic prophylaxis. Almost a year previously this patient had undergone endovascular repair of a symptomatic infrarenal abdominal aorta aneurysm. Four weeks after the diagnosis and treatment of the ruptured renal pelvis, a new computed tomography scan and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration confirmed the diagnosis of infected aortic stent-graft. An extra-anatomic axillo-uniiliac bypass and graft excision was performed. Two weeks after discharge the patient returned to the hospital with an occlusion of his left renal artery and died of renal failure. This is the first time an infected aortic stent-graft after a renal pelvis blowout has been reported. Although infections of aortic stent-grafts occur rarely, one should be aware of the possibility in aortic stent-graft patients undergoing abdominal procedures without antibiotic prophylaxis.

  20. Implantation study of a tissue-engineered self-expanding aortic stent graft (bio stent graft) in a beagle model.

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    Kawajiri, Hidetake; Mizuno, Takeshi; Moriwaki, Takeshi; Iwai, Ryosuke; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Yamanami, Masashi; Kanda, Keiichi; Yaku, Hitoshi; Nakayama, Yasuhide

    2015-03-01

    The use of stent grafts for endovascular aortic repair has become an important treatment option for aortic aneurysms requiring surgery. This treatment has achieved excellent outcomes; however, problems like type 1 endoleaks and stent graft migration remain. Bio stent grafts (BSGs), which are self-expanding stents covered with connective tissue, were previously developed using "in-body tissue architecture" technology. We assessed their early adaptation to the aorta after transcatheter implantation in a beagle model. BSGs were prepared by subcutaneous embedding of acryl rods mounted with self-expanding nitinol stents in three beagles for 4 weeks (n = 3/dog). The BSGs were implanted as allografts into infrarenal abdominal aortas via the femoral artery of three other beagles. After 1 month of implantation, aortography revealed no stenosis or aneurysmal changes. The luminal surface of the BSGs was completely covered with neointimal tissue, including endothelialization, without any thrombus formation. The cover tissue could fuse the luminal surface of the native aorta with tight conjunctions even at both ends of the stents, resulting in complete impregnation of the strut into the reconstructed vascular wall, which is expected to prevent endoleaks and migration in clinical applications.

  1. Helical CT Angiography of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Treated with Suprarenal Stent Grafting: A Pictorial Essay

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    Sun Zhonghua

    2003-06-15

    The endovascular repair of abdominal aorticaneurysm (AAA) with stent grafts is rapidly becoming an important alternative to open repair. Suprarenal stent grafting, recently modified from conventional infrarenal stent grafting, is a technique for the purpose of treating patients with inappropriate aneurysm necks.Unlike open repair, the success of endoluminal repair cannot be ascertained by means of direct examination and thus relies on imaging results. The use of conventional angiography for arterial imaging has become less dominant, while helical computed tomography angiography(CTA) has become the imaging modality of choice for both preoperative assessment and postoperative followup after treatment with stent graft implants. There is an increasing likelihood that radiologists will become more and more involved in the procedure of aortic stent grafting and in giving the radiological report on these patients treated with stent grafts. It is necessary for radiologists to be familiar with the imaging findings, including common and uncommon appearances following aortic stent grafting. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to describe and present normal and abnormal imaging appearances following aortic stent grafting based on helical CTA.

  2. Use of Endurant Stent-Graft Aortic Extensions for the Treatment of Focal Aortic Pathology.

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    Giagtzidis, Ioakeim T; Konstantinidis, Konstantinos; Kalogirou, Thomas E; Karkos, Christos D; Papazoglou, Konstantinos O

    2016-10-01

    To describe our experience with the endovascular treatment of focal abdominal aortic pathology with an adequate distal neck length using Endurant (Medtronic) aortic extension cuffs. From July 2010 to May 2015, 16 patients (14 male), with a mean age of 73.6 years (range, 59-88), were treated for focal abdominal aortic pathology using only Endurant (Medtronic) aortic cuff extensions. The indication for intervention was a saccular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in 5 patients, a fusiform aortic aneurysm in 6 patients, abdominal aortic dissection in 2 patients, an aortic juxtarenal rupture in 1 patient, a large anastomotic pseudoaneurysm of previous bifurcated open repair in 1 patient, and a juxtarenal aneurysm above a previous open AAA repair. Aortic lesions had a mean diameter of 52.9 (range, 32-90) mm. All patients were operated under local anesthesia with unilateral femoral exposure. A single 70-mm long Endurant aortic extension was deployed in 5 cases, while in the remaining 11 cases, 2 cuffs were used with the "telescopic" (double tube) technique. A chimney technique was performed in 5 cases (with a bare metal stent in the renal artery in 3 and a stent graft in the celiac artery in 2). The intraoperative technical success was 100% with no endoleaks on completion angiogram. There was no 30-day mortality. One patient developed acute limb ischemia immediately postoperatively and was treated successfully with thrombectomy. During a mean follow-up of 21.9 months, 1 patient died 2 months after the procedure due to cardiac arrest unrelated to his aortic operation. There was 1 early type IIb endoleak (present at the 30-day follow-up computerized tomography scan), which disappeared 10 months after the procedure. Finally, 1 patient was diagnosed with a type II endoleak and stable diameter 53 months postoperatively, while to date there are no cases of stent-graft migration. The use of Endurant aortic extensions in aneurysms with adequate distal neck is a safe, simple

  3. Aortic Arch Aneurysms: Treatment with Extra anatomical Bypass and Endovascular Stent-Grafting

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    Kato, Noriyuki; Shimono, Takatsugu; Hirano, Tadanori; Mizumoto, Toru; Ishida, Masaki; Fujii, Hideki; Yada, Isao; Takeda, Kan

    2002-10-15

    Endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms is emerging as an attractive alternative to surgical graft replacement. However,patients with aortic arch aneurysms are often excluded from the target of endovascular repair because of lack of suitable landing zones, especially at the proximal ones. In this paper we describe our method for treating patients with aortic arch aneurysms using a combination of extra anatomical bypass surgery and endovascular stent-grafting.

  4. [Anesthesic management of thoracic aortic stent graft deployment using rapid ventricular pacing].

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    Yamagishi, Akio; Kunisawa, Takayuki; Katsumi, Norifumi; Nagashima, Michio; Takahata, Osamu; Iwasaki, Hiroshi

    2008-08-01

    Controlled hypotension is useful for accurate deployment of an aortic endograft. We describe the use of rapid ventricular pacing during thoracic aortic stent graft deployment. Anesthesia was induced and maintained with intravenous propofol and remifentanil. A pulmonary artery catheter with pacing function was introduced, and rapid ventricular pacing was started before stent graft deployment. Pacing mode was VVI and pacing rate was 120-160 beats min(-1). Aortic pressure and flow decreased immediately and were maintained at low levels during surgical manipulation. After stopping rapid ventricular pacing, heart rate and aortic pressure recovered immediately. Rapid ventricular pacing was performed 4 times, and there were no complications such as entailed arrhythmia. With rapid ventricular pacing maneuver, which is thought to cause a rapid change in cardiac output, continuous cardiac output measurement can be a useful monitor. This procedure has advantages over pharmacologic or other methods of aortic pressure reduction. Rapid ventricular pacing is safe and effective during stent graft positioning and deployment.

  5. Endovascular Exclusion of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Initial Experience with Stent-Grafts in Cardiology Practice

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    Howell, Marcus H.; Zaqqa, Munir; Villareal, Rollo P.; Strickman, Neil E.; Krajcer, Zvonimir

    2000-01-01

    The use of an endovascular stent-graft prosthesis for the treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms is receiving increasing attention as an option that may avoid the significant morbidity and mortality associated with open surgical treatment. We studied the clinical effectiveness of stent-grafts in patients with infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms. Between October 1995 and May 1998, 33 patients underwent infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm exclusion with a homemade polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stent, and between November 1998 and September 1999, 56 patients underwent abdominal aortic aneurysm exclusion with the Medtronic AneuRx stent-graft. Overall, these patients represented a high-risk surgical group. The technical success rate was 100% in both groups. No patient required immediate conversion to open repair. With the polytetrafluoroethy-lene-covered stent, the primary success rate was 33%, and the secondary success rate was 76%. In the AneuRx group, the primary success rate was 82.8%, and the secondary success rate was 85.3% at 6 months. There was no procedural or 1-month mortality or major morbidity in either group. By showing that infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms can be treated safely and successfully with an endoluminal stent-graft, our early results provide additional support for the endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Further follow-up studies will determine the long-term ability of such treatment to prevent aneurysmal rupture and death. PMID:10928501

  6. Posttraumatic infrarenal abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm treated with bifurcated endovascular graft stent

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    Erkanli, Korhan; Akturk, Ibrahim Faruk; Aydin, Unal; Akinci, Okan; Yildirim, Aydin

    2015-01-01

    Posttraumatic infrarenal aortic pseudoaneurysms are rare and potentially lethal lesions. We report the case of a 32-year-old man presenting with infrarenal aortic pseudoaneurysm eight months after being stabbed in the back and right flank. His pseudoaneurysm was close to the iliac bifurcation, so we decided to deploy a bifurcated endovascular graft stent, the TriVascular Ovation endovascular stent. Imaging one month after the procedure revealed no endoleak and slight shrinkage of the pseudoaneurysm. PMID:26161108

  7. Emergent Endovascular Stent Grafts for Ruptured Aortic Aneurysms

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    Montgomery, Jennifer P.; Kolbeck, Kenneth J.; Kaufman, John A.

    2015-01-01

    Ruptured aortic aneurysms uniformly require emergent attention. Historically, urgent surgical repair or medical management was the only treatment options. The development of covered stent grafts has introduced a third approach in the care of these critical patients. The clinical status of the patient and local physician expertise drive the treatment modalities in the majority of cases. The goal of therapy in these patients is to stabilize the patient as quickly as possible, establish maximum survival with minimum morbidity, and provide a long lasting result. The endovascular approach has become an acceptable treatment option in an increasing number of patients presenting with ruptured aneurysmal disease of both the descending thoracic and abdominal aorta. Major factors influencing treatment include patient clinical status, characteristics of the aorta, physician preference, institutional experience, and availability of appropriate equipment. Planning, experience, and the ability to improvise effective solutions are keys to the success of the procedure when endovascular techniques are utilized. Three separate cases, requiring intraprocedural improvisation, are presented followed by a review of the literature. PMID:26327743

  8. Endovascular repair of the aortic arch in pigs by improved double-branched stent grafts

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    Lin, C; Wang, L; Lu, Q; Li, C

    2013-01-01

    Introduction This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of total endovascular repair of the aortic arch in pigs using improved integrated double-branched stent grafts. Methods Improved self-expandable stent grafts with a main body and two integrated branches were prepared for the repair of the aortic arch in six pigs. The feasibility of using these stent grafts was evaluated with arteriography, computed tomography (CT), computed tomography angiography (CTA) and autopsy three months following the procedure. Results The double-branched stent grafts were placed successfully in the aortic arch in all six pigs. All pigs survived for at least three months and their biological behaviour was normal. Arteriography, CTA and animal necropsy revealed good fixation in all cases. Aortic valve function and coronary ostia remained intact, and CT of the head did not detect any lesion of cerebral infarction. Conclusions Endovascular repair of the aortic arch with an integrated double-branched stent graft is safe and feasible in animal studies. PMID:23484997

  9. Tissue Responses to Endovascular Stent Grafts for Saccular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in a Canine Model

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    Kim, Hyun Beom; Choi, Young Ho; So, Young Ho; Min, Seung-Kee; Kim, Hyo-Cheol; Kim, Young Il; Park, Jae Hyung

    2012-01-01

    We investigated tissue responses to endoskeleton stent grafts for saccular abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in canines. Saccular AAAs were made with Dacron patch in 8 dogs, and were excluded by endoskeleton stent grafts composed of nitinol stent and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene graft. Animals were sacrificed at 2 months (Group 1; n = 3) or 6 months (Group 2; n = 5) after the placement, respectively. The aortas embedding stent grafts were excised en bloc for gross inspection and sliced at 5 to 8 mm intervals for histopathologic evaluation. Stent grafts were patent in all except a dog showing a thrombotic occlusion in Group 2. In the 7 dogs with patent lumen, the graft overhanging the saccular aneurysm was covered by thick or thin thrombi with no endothelial layer, and the graft over the aortic wall was completely covered by neointima with an endothelial layer. Transgraft cell migration was less active at an aneurysm than at adjacent normal aorta. In conclusion, endoskeleton stent grafts over saccular aneurysms show no endothelial coverage and poor transgraft cell migration in a canine model. PMID:23091313

  10. Preliminary report on prediction of spinal cord ischemia in endovascular stent graft repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm by retrievable stent graft.

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    Ishimaru, S; Kawaguchi, S; Koizumi, N; Obitsu, Y; Ishikawa, M

    1998-04-01

    To predict spinal cord ischemia after endovascular stent graft repair of descending thoracic aortic aneurysms, temporary interruption of the intercostal arteries (including the aneurysm) was performed by placement of a novel retrievable stent graft (Retriever) in the aorta under evoked spinal cord potential monitoring. From February 1995 to October 1997, endovascular stent graft repair of descending thoracic aortic aneurysms was performed in 49 patients after informed consent was obtained. In 16 patients with aneurysms located in the middle and distal segment of the descending aorta, the Retriever was placed temporarily before stent graft deployment. The Retriever consisted of two units of self-expanding zigzag stents connected in tandem with stainless steel struts. Each strut was collected in a bundle fixed to a pushing rod, and the stent framework was lined with an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene sheet. The Retriever was delivered beyond the aneurysm through a sheath and was retracted into the sheath 20 minutes later. A stent graft for permanent use was deployed in patients whose predeployment test results with the Retriever were favorable. Evoked spinal cord potential was monitored throughout placement of the Retriever and stent grafting until the next day. The Retriever was placed in 17 aneurysms in 16 patients. There were no changes in amplitude or latency of evoked spinal cord potential records obtained before or during Retriever placement. After withdrawal of the Retriever, all aneurysms were excluded from circulation immediately after permanent stent grafting. There were no changes in evoked spinal cord potential, nor were neurologic deficits seen after stent graft deployment in any patient. These results suggest that predeployment testing with the Retriever under evoked spinal cord potential monitoring is promising as a predictor of spinal cord ischemia in candidates for stent graft repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms.

  11. Limitations of Endovascular Treatment with Stent-Grafts for Active Mycotic Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

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    Ishida, Masaki; Kato, Noriyuki; Hirano, Tadanori; Shimono, Takatsugu; Yasuda, Fuyuhiko; Tanaka, Kuniyoshi; Yada, Isao; Takeda, Kan

    2002-06-15

    An 81-year-old woman with ruptured mycotic thoracic aortic aneurysm was treated with endovascular placement of stent-grafts fabricated from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene and Z-stents. Although exclusion of the aneurysm was achieved at the end of the procedure, a type I endoleak developed on the following day.Despite emergent surgical resection of the aneurysm and extra-anatomical reconstruction, the patient died 2 days later. Stent-graft repair may not be a suitable method for the treatment of ruptured mycotic aneurysm in the presence of active infection.

  12. Endovascular stent-graft repair of acute thoracic aortic dissection--early clinical experiences.

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    Tiesenhausen, K; Amann, W; Koch, G; Hausegger, K A; Oberwalder, P; Rigler, B

    2001-02-01

    Standard treatment of acute thoracic aortic dissection type B is the medical therapy used for most patients, according to Stanford. Surgical therapy involves a high mortality rate and is reserved for patients with complicated dissections. We report from four patients with acute thoracic aortic dissection, treated endoluminally by stent-graft implantation. Four patients with complicated acute thoracic aortic dissections type B were treated endoluminally by transfemoral stent-graft implantation. Preoperative evaluation was performed with spiral-computed tomography and calibrated aortography. The Talent stent-graft system (Metronic) was used in all patients. The primary entry tear could be sealed successfully and complete thrombosis of the false thoracic aortic lumen was obtained in all cases. In one patient, transposition of the left subclavian artery was performed, in two patients the stent-grafts had to be placed across the origin of the left subclavian artery. No severe intra- or postoperative complications occurred. Endoluminal treatment of acute thoracic aortic dissection seems to be a less invasive and effective therapy. Long-term results for this method are necessary.

  13. In-Graft Endovascular Stenting Repair for Supravalvular Stenosis From Aortic Rupture After Balloon-Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.

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    Furukawa, Nobuyuki; Scholtz, Werner; Haas, Nikolaus; Ensminger, Stephan; Gummert, Jan; Börgermann, Jochen

    2015-01-01

    An 81-year-old man with high-grade aortic valve stenosis and status post-coronary artery bypass grafting and supracoronary replacement of the ascending aorta was referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. He was in New York Heart Association class III and had dyspnea. After appropriate screening, we implanted a 29-mm SAPIEN XT valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA USA) through a transapical approach because of severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Postinterventional aortography revealed correct positioning and function of the valve and free coronary ostia but contrast extravasation in the vicinity of the interposed vascular prosthesis, resulting in severe luminal narrowing. We chose to manage the stenosis with an endovascular stent. After stenting, extravascular compression was markedly reduced, and the pressure gradient disappeared. The patient was discharged home on the 20th postoperative day. Three months later, computed tomography depicted correct positioning of both grafts. The patient's general health is good, and he is now in New York Heart Association class II. This case illustrates a complication of transcatheter aortic valve implantation specific for patients with an ascending aortic graft. Although stenting may be a good solution, as depicted by this case, self-expanding transcatheter aortic valves should be preferred in patients with ascending aortic grafts to avoid the described complication.

  14. Treatment of Acute Aortic Type B Dissection with Stent-Grafts

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    Hausegger, K.A.; Tiesenhausen, K.; Schedlbauer, P.; Oberwalder, P.; Tauss, J.; Rigler, B.

    2001-09-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of endoluminal stent-grafts in the treatment of acute type B aortic dissections.Methods: In five patients with acute aortic type B dissections, sealing of the primary intimal tear with an endoluminal stent-graft was attempted. Indication for treatment was aneurysm formation in two patients and persistent pain in three patients. One of the latter also had an unstable dissection flap compromising the ostium of the superior mesenteric artery. The distance from the intimal tear to the left subclavian artery was <0.5 cm in four patients, who had typical type B dissections. In one patient with an atypical dissection the distance from the primary tear to the left subclavian artery was 4 cm. This patient had no re-entry tear. Talent tube grafts (World Medical Manufacturing Cooperation, Sunrise, FL, USA) were used in all patients.Results: Stent-graft insertion with sealing of the primary tear was successful in all patients. The proximal covered portion of the stent-graft was placed across the left subclavian artery in four patients (1x transposition of the left subclavian artery). Left arm perfusion was preserved via a subclavian steal phenomenon in the patients in whom the stent-graft covered the orifice of the left subclavian artery. The only procedural complication we observed was an asymptomatic segmental renal infarction in one patient. In the thoracic aorta thrombosis of the false aortic lumen occurred in all patients. In one patient the false lumen of the abdominal aorta thrombosed after 4 weeks; in the other three patients the status of the abdominal aorta remained unchanged compared with the situation prior to stent-graft insertion. As a late complication formation of a secondary aneurysm of the thoracic aorta was observed at the distal end of the stent-graft 3 months after the primary intervention. This aneurysm was treated by coaxial insertion of an additional stent-graft without complications.Conclusion: Endoluminal treatment

  15. Development of tissue-engineered self-expandable aortic stent grafts (Bio stent grafts) using in-body tissue architecture technology in beagles.

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    Kawajiri, Hidetake; Mizuno, Takeshi; Moriwaki, Takeshi; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Yamanami, Masashi; Kanda, Keiichi; Yaku, Hitoshi; Nakayama, Yasuhide

    2015-02-01

    In this study, we aimed to describe the development of tissue-engineered self-expandable aortic stent grafts (Bio stent graft) using in-body tissue architecture technology in beagles and to determine its mechanical and histological properties. The preparation mold was assembled by insertion of an acryl rod (outer diameter, 8.6 mm; length, 40 mm) into a self-expanding nitinol stent (internal diameter, 9.0 mm; length, 35 mm). The molds (n = 6) were embedded into the subcutaneous pouches of three beagles for 4 weeks. After harvesting and removing each rod, the excessive fragile tissue connected around the molds was trimmed, and thus tubular autologous connective tissues with the stent were obtained for use as Bio stent grafts (outer diameter, approximately 9.3 mm in all molds). The stent strut was completely surrounded by the dense collagenous membrane (thickness, ∼150 µm). The Bio stent graft luminal surface was extremely flat and smooth. The graft wall of the Bio stent graft possessed an elastic modulus that was almost two times higher than that of the native beagle abdominal aorta. This Bio stent graft is expected to exhibit excellent biocompatibility after being implanted in the aorta, which may reduce the risk of type 1 endoleaks or migration.

  16. Aneurysm of an Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery Successfully Excluded by a Thoracic Aortic Stent Graft with Supra-aortic Bypass of Three Arch Vessels

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    Munneke, Graham J. Loosemore, Thomas M.; Belli, Anna-Maria; Thompson, Matt M.; Morgan, Robert A.

    2005-06-15

    An aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA) arising from a left-sided aortic arch is the fourth most common aortic arch anomaly. Aneurysmal dilatation of the ARSA requires treatment because of the associated risk of rupture. We present a case where supra-aortic bypass of the arch vessels was performed to facilitate exclusion of the aneurysm by a thoracic aortic stent graft.

  17. Hybrid Treatment of a Suprarenal Aortic Aneurysm with an Infrarenal Aortobifemoral Surgical Graft and a Fenestrated Stent Graft.

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    Nagel, Sebastian; Katsargyris, Athanasios; Oikonomou, Kyriakos; Verhoeven, Eric L G

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this study was to report a hybrid technique for the treatment of a suprarenal aortic aneurysm (SAA) in a patient with iliac occlusive disease. Initially, an infrarenal aortobifemoral surgical graft was implanted, followed by deployment of a fenestrated bifurcated stent graft at the suprarenal part of the aorta. A 69-year-old man presented with a 51-mm saccular suprarenal aortic aneurysm and iliac occlusive disease with intermittent claudication. Both common iliac arteries had been previously treated with kissing stents. Both external iliac arteries were severely stenosed precluding a total endovascular approach. The patient was treated with an infrarenal aortobifemoral surgical graft, facilitating the implantation of a custom-made fenestrated stent graft with fenestrations for the renal arteries and the superior mesenteric artery and a scallop for the celiac artery. The procedure was uneventful. Postoperative computed tomography angiography confirmed complete exclusion of the aneurysm and patent target vessels. Postoperatively, the patient did not report claudication symptoms anymore. A hybrid approach is a viable alternative to treat patients with complex aortic aneurysms and simultaneous peripheral occlusive disease, otherwise excluded from fenestrated stent grafting due to unsuitable access vessels. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. A System for Computer-Assisted Design of Stent-Grafts for Aortic Aneurysms Using 3-D Morphological Models

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    Imai, Yasuhiro; Urayama, Shin-ich; Uyama, Chikao; Inoue, Kanji; Ueno, Katsuya; Kuribayashi, Sachio; Takamiya, Makoto; Hamada, Seiki; Hirane, Yoshihisa

    2001-07-15

    A three-dimensional model was constructed from helical CT images for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA). A stent-graft was designed and positioned endoluminally on the computer. One hundred and nine stent-grafts for 101 patients were designed by this method and deployed well in all patients. The design time was reduced from 4 to 0.5 hr.

  19. Uncomplicated vaginal delivery 6 years after stent graft repair of an acute traumatic aortic transection.

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    Schlechta, Bernhard; Wiedemann, Dominik; Eppel, Wolfgang; Kocher, Alfred

    2012-01-01

    Acute traumatic transection of the aorta (ATAT) is a devastating event. Transluminal endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has meanwhile become an excellent alternative for such lesions. A 27-year old woman sustained a multiple trauma in a car accident including ATAT which was treated by aortic stent graft placement. Six years after the endovascular repair, our patient had only noticed, just shortly after an annual computed tomography (CT) check-up, that she was pregnant and in the 9th week of gestation. The CT was considered as unproblematic for the foetus since direct radiation of the uterus had been avoided. Our patient clearly preferred a vaginal delivery over a caesarean section. The pregnancy was uneventful with uncomplicated vaginal delivery at term. This case shows that vaginal delivery is possible if the stent graft is in regular position without signs of endoleaks and the rest of the aorta is free from dissection or aneurysm formation. It indicates that TEVAR is a sound and durable treatment modality in ATATs and that aortic stent grafts can resist increased intravascular volume and elevated aortic pressure levels as encountered in pregnancy and during vaginal delivery. This particular case also shows that it is possible to respect a patient's right of self-determination.

  20. Endovascular Treatment of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms with the EndoFit Stent-Graft

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    Saratzis, N.; Saratzis, Athanasios Melas, N.; Ginis, G.; Lioupis, A.; Lykopoulos, D.; Lazaridis, J.; Kiskinis, Dimitrios

    2007-04-15

    Objective. To evaluate the mid-term feasibility, efficacy, and durability of descending thoracic aortic aneurysm (DTAA) exclusion using the EndoFit device (LeMaitre Vascular). Methods. Twenty-three (23) men (mean age 66 years) with a DTAA were admitted to our department for endovascular repair (21 were ASA III+ and 2 refused open repair) from January 2003 to July 2005. Results. Complete aneurysm exclusion was feasible in all subjects (100% technical success). The median follow-up was 18 months (range 8-40 months). A single stent-graft was used in 6 cases. The deployment of a second stent-graft was required in the remaining 17 patients. All endografts were attached proximally, beyond the left subclavian artery, leaving the aortic arch branches intact. No procedure-related deaths have occurred. A distal type I endoleak was detected in 2 cases on the 1 month follow-up CT scan, and was repaired with reintervention and deployment of an extension graft. A nonfatal acute myocardial infarction occurred in 1 patient in the sixth postoperative month. Graft migration, graft infection, paraplegia, cerebral or distal embolization, renal impairment or any other major complications were not observed. Conclusion. The treatment of DTAAs using the EndoFit stent-graft is technically feasible. Mid-term results in this series are promising.

  1. Antegrade delivery of stent grafts to treat complex thoracic aortic disease.

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    Roselli, Eric E; Soltesz, Edward G; Mastracci, Tara; Svensson, Lars G; Lytle, Bruce W

    2010-08-01

    Thoracic aortic disease involving the aortic arch presents a challenge to cardiovascular surgeons. The purpose of this study was to establish the safety and efficacy of antegrade delivery techniques of aortic stent grafting for the treatment of high-risk, complex thoracic aortic disease. From April 2007 to December 2009, 38 patients underwent stent graft repair of complex thoracic aortic diseases not otherwise amenable to standard retrograde delivery. Chart review, query of the Social Security Death Index, and three-dimensional analysis of computed tomography was performed. Indications were elective (n = 17), urgent (n = 11), or emergent (n = 10). Causes included coarctation (n = 1), acute aortic dissection (n = 4), traumatic transection (n = 2), and aneurysm or pseudoaneurysm (n = 31), of which 6 were ruptured. Sites of delivery included axillary (n = 4), ascending aorta (n = 18), and direct aortic placement (frozen elephant trunk, n = 16). Eleven were performed off-pump, 4 were performed on pump with a beating heart, 3 with cardiac arrest, and 20 under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. Delivery was facilitated by transesophageal echocardiography alone (n = 14), or with fluoroscopy (n = 24). All devices used were commercially available (TAG, 18; Talent, 1; TX2, 19). Concomitant procedures were performed in 26 patients including 17 ascending repairs, 16 coronary artery bypass graftings, and 4 aortic valve replacements. Technical success was achieved in 97% (37 of 38 patients). Hospital mortality was 10% (n = 4), and serious complications included stroke (n = 4), paraparesis (transient n = 3, persistent n = 1), renal failure (n = 4), and respiratory failure (n = 12). Mean length of hospital stay was 14.7 days (range, 4 to 36 days), and 6.7 days (range, 1 to 20 days) in the intensive care unit. Overall survival was 74% at median follow-up of 1.2 + or - 0.8 years. Ten endoleaks in 9 patients (8 type II, 2 type I) required 3 late reinterventions. Antegrade delivery

  2. An externalized transseptal guidewire technique to facilitate guidewire stabilization and stent-graft passage in the aortic arch.

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    Kölbel, Tilo; Rostock, Thomas; Larena-Avellaneda, Axel; Treede, Hendrik; Franzen, Olaf; Debus, Eike Sebastian

    2010-12-01

    To describe a technique to facilitate passage and stable deployment of thoracic stent-grafts in patients with multiple tortuous aortic segments that may hamper endograft delivery or precise placement because of an unstable position in the aortic arch. The technique of a transseptal through-and-through guidewire is demonstrated in a patient with a ruptured thoracic aneurysm with severe tortuosity of the aorta and a right-sided, severely angulated aortic arch. The transseptal through-and-through guidewire stabilization technique allowed successful passage and deployment of a thoracic stent-graft after debranching of the right common carotid and subclavian arteries. The ruptured thoracic aneurysm was excluded, while the proximal graft edge lined up with the origin of the aberrant left innominate artery. An externalized transseptal guidewire can facilitate endograft passage in tortuous aortic anatomies and optimize control in most severely angulated aortic arches. It may obviate the use of proximal bare stents because the proximal stent-graft is actively conformed to the inner curve of the aortic arch by the stabilizing wire. Transseptal access to the ascending aorta has the potential to become an important tool for endovascular treatment, especially for catheterization of branches and fenestrations in aortic arch stent-grafts.

  3. Balloon-Supported Passage of a Stent-Graft into the Aortic Arch.

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    Eun, Na Lae; Lee, Dahye; Song, Suk-Won; Joo, Seung-Moon; Kölbel, Tilo; Lee, Kwang-Hun

    2015-01-01

    A 62-year-old man was admitted, and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) procedure was performed to treat an accidentally detected aortic aneurysm, which was 63 mm in diameter. While performing TEVAR, the passage of the stent-graft introducer system was impossible due to the prolapse of the introducer system into a wide-necked aneurysm; this aneurysm was located at the greater curvature of the proximal descending thoracic aorta. In order to advance the introducer system, a compliant balloon was inflated. Thus, we created an artificial wall in the aneurysm with this inflated balloon. Finally, we were able to advance the introducer system into the target zone.

  4. Balloon-Supported Passage of a Stent-Graft into the Aortic Arch

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    Eun, Na Lae; Lee, Dahye; Song, Suk-Won; Joo, Seung-Moon; Kölbel, Tilo

    2015-01-01

    A 62-year-old man was admitted, and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) procedure was performed to treat an accidentally detected aortic aneurysm, which was 63 mm in diameter. While performing TEVAR, the passage of the stent-graft introducer system was impossible due to the prolapse of the introducer system into a wide-necked aneurysm; this aneurysm was located at the greater curvature of the proximal descending thoracic aorta. In order to advance the introducer system, a compliant balloon was inflated. Thus, we created an artificial wall in the aneurysm with this inflated balloon. Finally, we were able to advance the introducer system into the target zone. PMID:26175573

  5. Infection of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft after urosepsis: case report and review of the literature.

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    Veger, H T C; Hedeman Joosten, P Ph; Thoma, S R; Visser, M J T

    2013-02-01

    Infection of endovascular abdominal aneurysm stent grafts is an uncommon but known complication. Inoculation with bacteria of the endovascular abdominal aneurysm stent graft during the actual implantation, in the periprocedural hospitalization or later due to an aortoenteric fistula, has been described in the literature. We report a case of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft infection occurring 40 months after implantation in a patient doing well up to an episode of urosepsis. In conclusion, we postulate that poor intraluminal healing of stent grafts, as observed in several explant studies, may result in a higher susceptibility to episodes of bacteremia than prosthetic vascular grafts inserted during open repair. We therefore consider the administration of prophylactic antibiotics in patients with endovascular stent grafts during periods with a likelihood of bacteremia.

  6. A Novel Attempt to Standardize Results of CFD Simulations Basing on Spatial Configuration of Aortic Stent-Grafts.

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    Polanczyk, Andrzej; Podyma, Marek; Trebinski, Lukasz; Chrzastek, Jaroslaw; Zbicinski, Ireneusz; Stefanczyk, Ludomir

    2016-01-01

    Currently, studies connected with Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) techniques focus on assessing hemodynamic of blood flow in vessels in different conditions e.g. after stent-graft's placement. The paper propose a novel method of standardization of results obtained from calculations of stent-grafts' "pushing forces" (cumulative WSS--Wall Shear Stress), and describes its usefulness in diagnostic process. AngioCT data from 27 patients were used to reconstruct 3D geometries of stent-grafts which next were used to create respective reference cylinders. We made an assumption that both the side surface and the height of a stent-graft and a reference cylinder were equal. The proposed algorithm in conjunction with a stent-graft "pushing forces" on an implant wall, allowed us to determine which spatial configuration of a stent-graft predispose to the higher risk of its migration. For stent-grafts close to cylindrical shape (shape factor φ close to 1) WSS value was about 267 Pa, while for stent-grafts different from cylindrical shape (φ close to 2) WSS value was about 635 Pa. It was also noticed that deformation in the stent-graft's bifurcation part impaired blood flow hemodynamic. Concluding the proposed algorithm of standardization proved its usefulness in estimating the WSS values that may be useful in diagnostic process. Angular bends or tortuosity in bifurcations of an aortic implant should be considered in further studies of estimation of the risk of implantation failure.

  7. A diagnostic dilemma: does peri stent-graft air after thoracic aortic endografting necessarily imply infection?

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    Leon, Luis R

    2007-01-01

    The radiographic finding of air bubbles around a surgically placed prosthetic graft is traditionally assumed to be a sign of infection until proven otherwise. Direct delivery of atmospheric air bubbles, shown in an imaging study performed very soon after a surgical intervention, or percutaneously introduced during an endovascular procedure could be possible causes of air bubble presence and not necessarily infection. However, if air around a prosthetic aortic graft is identified in an imaging study after a previous one did not document its presence, or if the amount of air is increasing on serial imaging studies, the suspicion level should increase. The case presented here is of a 49-year-old male who underwent an endovascular repair of a possible symptomatic penetrating aortic ulcer, who was found to have peri stent-graft air 3 weeks after intervention. Previous imaging postoperative studies did not reveal air around the aortic prosthesis. The diagnosis of endovascular stent-graft infection was very difficult due to several challenging factors that are herein presented.

  8. Spiral CT During Selective Accessory Renal Artery Angiography: Assessment of Vascular Territory Before Aortic Stent-Grafting

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    Dorffner, Roland; Thurnher, Siegfried; Prokesch, Rupert; Youssefzadeh, Soraya; Hoelzenbein, Thomas; Lammer, Johannes

    1998-03-15

    We evaluated the vascular territory of accessory renal arteries in cases where the vessel might be overlapped by an aortic stent-graft. Spiral CT during selective accessory renal artery angiography was performed in four patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (including one with a horseshoe kidney). The volume of the vascular territory of each renal artery was measured using a software program provided by the CT unit manufacturer. The supernumerary renal arteries perfused 32%, 37%, 15%, and 16% of the total renal mass, respectively. In two patients, stent-grafts were implanted, which resulted in occlusion of the supernumerary renal artery. The volume of the renal infarction was equal to the volume perfused by the artery as calculated before implantation of the stent-graft.The method proposed is accurate for estimating the size of the expected renal infarction. It might help to determine whether placement of a stent-graft is acceptable.

  9. A Challenging Treatment for Aortic Arch Aneurysm With Fenestrated Stent Graft.

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    Yuri, Koichi; Kimura, Naoyuki; Hori, Daijiro; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Adachi, Hideo

    2017-08-25

    The endovascular stent graft is a novel therapeutic technique that is used in the treatment of aortic aneurysms. However, the aortic arch is a still an area that requires endovascular repair. Since 2008, the authors have treated aortic arch aneurysms (AAA) in patients without an extraanatomical bypass using a fenestrated stent graft (FSG). This study aimed to evaluate the early outcomes of FSG treatment. The authors retrospectively investigated the early outcomes of 54 AAA cases that were performed in their department from January 2008 to May 2016. The early results were analyzed retrospectively. The primary technical success rate was 100%. There were 2 operative deaths due to shower embolism and respiratory failure (2 of 54, 3.7%). Two patients suffered central nervous system injury (2 of 54, 3.7%) without remaining sequelae. At a mean follow-up period of 41.4 months, the survival rate was 75.0% and there were no aortic-related deaths. On follow-up, secondary intervention was necessary in 3 cases. The rate of freedom from secondary reintervention was 92.5%. Although further observation and prospective studies involving larger numbers of patients will be needed to validate this process, the outcomes of FSG treatment and our procedures were acceptable. This procedure has the potential to expand the indications for treatment in patients with AAA that are deemed to be suitable for this treatment. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. The Role of Stent-Grafts in the Management of Aortic Trauma

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    Rousseau, Herve Elaassar, Omar; Marcheix, Bertrand; Cron, Christophe; Chabbert, Valerie; Combelles, Sophie; Dambrin, Camille; Leobon, Bertrand; Moreno, Ramiro; Otal, Philippe; Auriol, Julien

    2012-02-15

    Stent graft has resulted in major advances in the treatment of trauma patients with blunt traumatic aortic injury (TAI) and has become the preferred method of treatment at many trauma centers. In this review, we provide an overview of the place of stent grafts for the management of this disease. As a whole, TEVAR repair of TAIs offers a survival advantage and reduction in major morbidity, including paraplegia, compared with open surgery. However, endovascular procedures in trauma require a sophisticated multidisciplinary and experienced team approach. More research and development of TAI-specific endograft devices is needed and large, multicenter studies will help to clarify the role of TEVAR compared with open repair of TAI.

  11. Quantification of the migration and deformation of abdominal aortic aneurysm stent grafts

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    Mattes, Julian; Steingruber, Iris; Netzer, Michael; Fritscher, Karl; Kopf, Helmut; Jaschke, Werner; Schubert, Rainer

    2006-03-01

    The endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a minimal invasive therapy which has been established during the past 15 years. A stent-graft is placed inside the aorta in order to cover the weakened regions of its wall. During a time interval of one or more years the stent-graft can migrate and deform with the risk of the occlusion of one of its limbs or of the rupture of the aneurysm. In this work we developed several strategies to quantify the migration and deformation in order to assess the risk coming with these movements and especially to characterize appearing complications by them. We calculated the rigid movement of the stent-graft and the aorta relative to the spinal canal. For this purpose, firstly, we rigidly registered the spinal canals, extracted for the different points in time, in order to establish a fixed reference system. All objects have been segmented first and surface points have been determined before applying a rigid and non-rigid point set registration algorithm. The change in the residual error after registration of the stent-graft with an increasing number of degrees of freedom indicates the amount of change in the stent-graft's morphology. We investigated a sample of 9. Two cases could be clearly distinguished by the quantified parameters: a high global migration and a strong reduction of the residual error after non-rigid registration. In both cases, strong complications have been detected by the examination of clinical experts but only by means of the images acquired one year later.

  12. A Novel Attempt to Standardize Results of CFD Simulations Basing on Spatial Configuration of Aortic Stent-Grafts

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    Polanczyk, Andrzej; Podyma, Marek; Trebinski, Lukasz; Chrzastek, Jaroslaw; Zbicinski, Ireneusz; Stefanczyk, Ludomir

    2016-01-01

    Currently, studies connected with Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) techniques focus on assessing hemodynamic of blood flow in vessels in different conditions e.g. after stent-graft’s placement. The paper propose a novel method of standardization of results obtained from calculations of stent-grafts' “pushing forces” (cumulative WSS—Wall Shear Stress), and describes its usefulness in diagnostic process. AngioCT data from 27 patients were used to reconstruct 3D geometries of stent-grafts which next were used to create respective reference cylinders. We made an assumption that both the side surface and the height of a stent-graft and a reference cylinder were equal. The proposed algorithm in conjunction with a stent-graft “pushing forces” on an implant wall, allowed us to determine which spatial configuration of a stent-graft predispose to the higher risk of its migration. For stent-grafts close to cylindrical shape (shape factor φ close to 1) WSS value was about 267Pa, while for stent-grafts different from cylindrical shape (φ close to 2) WSS value was about 635Pa. It was also noticed that deformation in the stent-graft’s bifurcation part impaired blood flow hemodynamic. Concluding the proposed algorithm of standardization proved its usefulness in estimating the WSS values that may be useful in diagnostic process. Angular bends or tortuosity in bifurcations of an aortic implant should be considered in further studies of estimation of the risk of implantation failure. PMID:27073907

  13. Thoracic Stent Graft Implantation for Aortic Coarctation with Patent Ductus Arteriosus via Retroperitoneal Iliac Approach in the Presence of Small Sized Femoral Artery

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    Korkmaz, Ozge; Beton, Osman; Goksel, Sabahattin; Kaya, Hakkı; Berkan, Ocal

    2016-01-01

    Endovascular stent graft implantation is a favorable method for complex aortic coarctation accompanied by patent ductus arteriosus. Herein, an 18-year-old woman with complex aortic coarctation and patent ductus arteriosus was successfully treated by endovascular thoracic stent graft via retroperitoneal approach. The reason for retroperitoneal iliac approach was small sized common femoral arteries which were not suitable for stent graft passage. This case is the first aortic coarctation plus patent ductus arteriosus case described in the literature which is treated by endovascular thoracic stent graft via retroperitoneal approach. PMID:27242935

  14. Hemodynamic Study of Flow Remodeling Stent Graft for the Treatment of Highly Angulated Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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    Yeow, Siang Lin; Leo, Hwa Liang

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates the effect of a novel flow remodeling stent graft (FRSG) on the hemodynamic characteristics in highly angulated abdominal aortic aneurysm based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. An idealized aortic aneurysm with varying aortic neck angulations was constructed and CFD simulations were performed on nonstented models and stented models with FRSG. The influence of FRSG intervention on the hemodynamic performance is analyzed and compared in terms of flow patterns, wall shear stress (WSS), and pressure distribution in the aneurysm. The findings showed that aortic neck angulations significantly influence the velocity flow field in nonstented models, with larger angulations shifting the mainstream blood flow towards the center of the aorta. By introducing FRSG treatment into the aneurysm, erratic flow recirculation pattern in the aneurysm sac diminishes while the average velocity magnitude in the aneurysm sac was reduced in the range of 39% to 53%. FRSG intervention protects the aneurysm against the impacts of high velocity concentrated flow and decreases wall shear stress by more than 50%. The simulation results highlighted that FRSG may effectively treat aneurysm with high aortic neck angulations via the mechanism of promoting thrombus formation and subsequently led to the resorption of the aneurysm. PMID:27247612

  15. A Literature Review of the Numerical Analysis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Treated with Endovascular Stent Grafts

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    Roy, David; Kauffmann, Claude; Delorme, Sébastien; Lerouge, Sophie; Cloutier, Guy; Soulez, Gilles

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present the basic principles and relevant advances in the computational modeling of abdominal aortic aneurysms and endovascular aneurysm repair, providing the community with up-to-date state of the art in terms of numerical analysis and biomechanics. Frameworks describing the mechanical behavior of the aortic wall already exist. However, intraluminal thrombus nonhomogeneous structure and porosity still need to be well characterized. Also, although the morphology and mechanical properties of calcifications have been investigated, their effects on wall stresses remain controversial. Computational fluid dynamics usually assumes a rigid artery wall, whereas fluid-structure interaction accounts for artery compliance but is still challenging since arteries and blood have similar densities. We discuss alternatives to fluid-structure interaction based on dynamic medical images that address patient-specific hemodynamics and geometries. We describe initial stresses, elastic boundary conditions, and statistical strength for rupture risk assessment. Special emphasis is accorded to workflow development, from the conversion of medical images into finite element models, to the simulation of catheter-aorta interactions and stent-graft deployment. Our purpose is also to elaborate the key ingredients leading to virtual stenting and endovascular repair planning that could improve the procedure and stent-grafts. PMID:22997538

  16. Endovascular treatment of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm with aortocaval fistula based on aortic and inferior vena cava stent-graft placement.

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    Silveira, Pierre Galvagni; Cunha, Josué Rafael Ferreira; Lima, Guilherme Baumgardt Barbosa; Franklin, Rafael Narciso; Bortoluzzi, Cristiano Torres; Galego, Gilberto do Nascimento

    2014-11-01

    A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA), complicated by an aortocaval fistula (ACF), is usually associated with high morbidity and mortality during open operative repair. We report a case of endovascular treatment of an RAAA with ACF. After accessing both common femoral arteries, a bifurcated aortic stent graft was placed. Subsequently, we accessed the fistula from the right femoral vein and a cava vein angiography showed a persistent massive flow from the cava to the excluded aneurysm sac. We proceeded by covering the fistula with an Excluder aortic stent-graft cuff to prevent pressurization of the aneurysm sac and secondary endoleaks. This procedure is feasible and may reduce the chances of posterior endoleaks.

  17. Mid-Term Results After Endovascular Stent-Grafting of Descending Aortic Aneurysms in High-Risk Patients

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    Brandt, Michael Walluscheck, Knut P.; Jahnke, Thomas; Attmann, Tim; Heller, Martin; Cremer, Jochen; Mueller-Huelsbeck, Stefan

    2006-10-15

    Purpose. To analyze our experience with endovascular stent-grafting of descending aortic aneurysms in high-risk patients. Methods. Nineteen patients underwent endovascular stent-graft repair of descending aortic aneurysms using the Talent Stent Graft System (Medtronic). All patients were considered high-risk for open surgical repair due to their age, requirement for emergency surgery, and comorbidities. Computed tomography and/or MR tomography were performed at 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively and thereafter every 12 months. Results. Secondary technical success was 100%. Thirty-day mortality was 5%. Incidence of postoperative stroke and paraplegia were 5% each. One patient required a second stent-graft due to a type I endoleak during the same hospital stay (primary technical success 95%). All patients have been followed for a median of 20 months. No migration, wire fractures or endoleak appeared during follow-up. Conclusion. Endovascular stent-grafting had a low 30-day mortality and morbidity in high-risk patients. One patient developed an aortoesophageal fistula 40 days after stent implantation. Stent-graft repair is a valuable supplement to surgical therapy in high-risk patients.

  18. Resolved Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Following Stent Graft Treatment: A Report of Five Cases

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    Rimon, Uri; Garniek, Alexander; Golan, Gil; Bensaid, Paul; Galili, Yair; Schneiderman, Jacob; Morag, Benyamina

    2004-03-15

    Complete aneurysm resolution is the hallmark of successful endoluminal stent-graft treatment. We describe 5 patients in whom an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disappeared completely at mid-term follow-up after endovascular stent-graft placement. We reviewed 45 patients (43 men and 2 women) who underwent AAA repair using an endovascular technique, from April 1997 to December 2001. Mean AAA diameter was 58.3 mm. On 48-month follow-up, 12 aneurysms had not changed in size, 4 had grown, 16 had shrunk, and 5 had resolved completely. We describe these 5 patients in detail. The 5 patients were all men, mean age 68 years; their mean aneurysmal sac diameter was 54 mm. The only common finding in all of them was patency of lumbar and inferior mesenteric arteries at pre-procedure evaluation as well as at follow-up. Mean time to complete resolution was 18 months. No major complications were encountered. AAA may resolve completely after endovascular stent-graft implantation. Patent side branches may perhaps contribute to AAA disappearance by antegrade flow. A larger patient population should be reviewed, however, before any statistical conclusion can be drawn.

  19. Endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms with a novel multibranch stent-graft design: preliminary experience.

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    Kinstner, C; Teufelsbauer, H; Neumayer, C; Domenig, C; Wressnegger, A; Wolf, F; Funovics, M

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this paper was to report our preliminary experience in outcome, safety and mid-term results in the treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAA) with a novel multibranchstentgraft (E-xtra DESIGN ENGINEERING, JOTEC, Germany). Eight patients (mean age 66 years, 2 female) with TAAA (Crawford type I: 2 cases, type III: 3 cases, type IV: 3 cases), mean aneurysm diameter 61 mm, growth over 5 mm per year were treated. Implantation was performed under general anesthesia and surgical exposition of the common femoral artery. Brachial access was percutaneous in 5/8 patients. Balloon-expandable (Advanta V12) bridging stent-grafts were employed and lined with self-expanding nitinol stents. All patients except type IV TAAA received a spinal drainage catheter. The device was successfully deployed in 8/8 patients. 29/32 visceral branches were engaged. One stenosed celiac trunk was left untreated without further consequences, two renal arteries which could not be cannulated were revascularized with iliorenal bypass. One patient needed surgical revision of groin hematoma, one patient suffered from permanent protopathic sensory deficit. No renal complications occurred. Since the primary implantation was deliberately kept short and amount of contrast agent was minimised, four patients needed a secondary percutaneous procedure (Palmaz stent implantation for type I endoleak, re-PTA or additional bridging stent-graft implantation for type III endoleak). The assisted primary success rate was 8/8. Mean follow-up was 18 months. Success was stable in 7/8 patients, one patient shows type V endoleak with 5mm sac expansion. No mortality or complication occurred during follow-up. The JOTEC E-xtra DESIGN ENGINEERING multibranch stent-graft is a promising new candidate for endovascular TAAA treatment with sufficient safety and efficacy. Its short delivery time suggests its use in patients with rapid aneurysm growth or high anxiety.

  20. Application of physician-modified fenestrated stent graft in urgent endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm with hostile neck anatomy

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    Zeng, Rong; Ye, Wei; Liu, Changwei; Wang, Xuan; Song, Xiaojun; Ni, Leng; Liu, Bao; Li, Yongjun; Zheng, Yuehong

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the Gore Excluder aortic stent graft (WL Gore & Associates, Inc., Flagstaff, AZ) using the C3 Delivery System after physician modification of fenestration for the urgent treatment of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm showing hostile neck anatomy. Case summary: Three urgent cases of abdominal aortic aneurysm with hostile neck anatomy symptom with abdominal pain were reported. The same fenestration method was applied to align the target superior mesenteric artery and bilateral renal arteries with 1 scallop and 2 fenestrations, followed by the reconstruction of the target artery using a bare-metal stent or stent graft. Balloon-assisted positioning and image fusion technology were intraoperatively applied to assist the accurate release of the stent graft body. The follow-up periods for all cases exceeded 6 months, showing smooth circulation in the target arteries with no endoleaks. Conclusion: In the absence of other available treatment methods, it is feasible to use a stent graft with physician-modified fenestration for the urgent endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm with hostile neck anatomy. However, this procedure's long-term efficacy needs to be further investigated. PMID:27861397

  1. Repair of Chronic Aneurysmal Aortic Dissection Using a Stent Graft and an Amplatzer(®) Vascular Plug: A Case Study.

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    Kanaoka, Yuji; Ohki, Takao; Ozawa, Hirotsugu

    2017-02-01

    We report a case in which a stent graft and an Amplatzer(®) vascular plug (AVP) were effective for the treatment of chronic aneurysmal aortic dissection. The patient was a 52-year-old man. At 45 years of age, he developed acute aortic dissection, for which he underwent surgery 4 times with prosthetic graft replacement in the abdominal aorta, descending thoracic, ascending aorta (without neck branch reconstruction), and thoracoabdominal aorta with the reconstruction of the celiac, superior mesenteric, and bilateral renal arteries. At the time of thoracoabdominal aortic surgery, strong adhesion was evident, particularly in the thoracoabdominal area. The adhesion was dissected in a part of the chest, and prosthetic graft replacement was performed the following day. Subsequently, the dissection of the residual distal aortic arch enlarged, and the patient was examined at our hospital. Computed tomography (CT) revealed a small intimal tear at the site of anastomosis distal to the graft in the ascending aorta and a large intimal tear in the descending thoracic aorta with a maximum diameter of 67 mm. Furthermore, open repair by prosthetic graft replacement seemed difficult; therefore, treatment with stent grafting was considered. Because the prosthetic graft in the abdomen was extremely tortuous, stent-graft insertion via the femoral artery seemed to be impossible. The planned treatment involved the placement of a thoracic stent graft using the chimney technique which included reconstruction of the brachiocephalic artery and left common carotid arteries using chimney stent graft and coverage of the left subclavian artery. The thoracic stent graft was planned to be inserted via the abdominal prosthetic graft site because the abdominal prosthetic graft was crooked and was located close to the body surface. However, a small intimal tear distal to the graft in the ascending aorta which had not been revealed by intraoperative aortography was detected by the selective

  2. Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment in the stent graft era.

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    Tulga, Ulus A; Fahrettin, Kucukay; Erdal, Simsek; Sarper, Oktem; Serkan, Mola; Mustafa, Ozdemir; Ahmet, Saritas; Kerem, Vural; Levent, Birincioglu

    2014-01-01

    We aim to decrease mortality and morbidity by early diagnosis and endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) or by using open surgery. The patients who had underwent open surgery and EVAR with a diagnosis of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms were evaluated retrospectively. Patients with EVAR were separated as group I and the patients with surgical operations constituted group II. The risk factors, duration of the operation, blood product usage, drainage amounts, complications, mortality, and morbidity rates were evaluated. The duration of the operation and the required blood and blood products were lower in group I (P < .05). There is no any significant difference between the groups in terms of mortality, complications, short-, and long-term results. We support the idea that better results can be obtained by showing regard to suitable patient, suitable clinical condition, and suitable anatomy together with the correct choice of operation type. © The Author(s) 2014.

  3. In-situ laser fenestration of endovascular stent-graft in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR)

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    Micheletti, Filippo; Pini, Roberto; Piazza, Roberta; Ferrari, Vincenzo; Condino, Sara; Rossi, Francesca

    2017-02-01

    Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysms repair (EVAR) involves the minimally invasive implantation of a stent-graft within the aorta to exclude the aneurysm from the circulation thus preventing its rupture. The feasibility of such operation is highly dependent on the aorta morphology and in general the presence of one/both renal arteries emerging from the aneurysm is the absolute limit for the implantation of a standard stent-graft. Consequently, classical intervention methods involve the implantation of a custom-made graft with fenestrations, leading to extremely complicated surgeries with high risks for the patient and high costs. Recent techniques introduced the use of standard grafts (i.e. without fenestrations) in association with mechanical in-situ fenestration, but this procedure is limited principally by the brittleness and low stability of the environment, in addition to the difficulty of controlling the guidance of the endovascular tools due to the temporarily block of the blood flow. In this work we propose an innovative EVAR strategy, which involves in-situ fenestration with a fiber guided laser tool, controlled via an electromagnetic navigation system. The fiber is sensorized to be tracked by means of the driving system and, using a 3D model of the patient anatomy, the surgeon can drive the fiber to the aneurysm, where the stent has been previously released, to realize the proper fenestration(s). The design and construction of the catheter laser tool will be presented, togheter with preliminary fenestration tests on graft-materials, including the effects due to the presence of blood and tissues.

  4. In Vitro Laser Fenestration of Aortic Stent-Grafts: A Qualitative Analysis Under Scanning Electron Microscope.

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    Lin, Jing; Udgiri, Naval; Guidoin, Robert; Panneton, Jean; Guan, Xiaoning; Guillemette, Maxime; Wang, Lu; Du, Jia; Zhu, Dajie; Nutley, Mark; Zhang, Ze

    2016-11-01

    In situ fenestration of stent-grafts allows patients with life threatening aortic pathologies to be amenable to emergent "off the shelf indications for use" percutaneous treatments as a bail out technique. Three types of aortic stent-grafts were subjected to laser fenestration in a physiological saline solution followed by balloon angioplasty using 8, 10 or 12 mm in diameter noncompliant balloons. The morphology and the size of fenestrations were observed under optical and scanning electron microscopy. The damage to the fabrics was analyzed and quantified. The creation of fenestrations was feasible in all devices, with varying degrees of fraying and/or tearing. The monofilament twill weave (Medtronic Valiant) tore in two directions (warp and weft) while the multifilament weave fenestrations showed more fraying (Anaconda Vascutek and Zenith TX2 Cook). The size and directions of tearing were more predictable with the 8 mm diameter balloon whereas the results obtained with the 10 and 12 mm diameter balloons were more unpredictable. The fenestrations were free of melting of the yarns and blackening of the filaments. The in situ fenestration is feasible but the observed damage to the fabric constructions must be carefully considered. This procedure must currently be limited to urgent and emergent life threatening cases because it is off indications for use for approved devices. Copyright © 2016 International Center for Artificial Organs and Transplantation and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Computational comparison of the bending behavior of aortic stent-grafts.

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    Demanget, Nicolas; Avril, Stéphane; Badel, Pierre; Orgéas, Laurent; Geindreau, Christian; Albertini, Jean-Noël; Favre, Jean-Pierre

    2012-01-01

    Secondary interventions after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms are frequent because stent-graft (SG) related complications may occur (mainly endoleak and SG thrombosis). Complications have been related to insufficient SG flexibility, especially when devices are deployed in tortuous arteries. Little is known on the relationship between SG design and flexibility. Therefore, the aim of this study was to simulate numerically the bending of two manufactured SGs (Aorfix--Lombard Medical (A) and Zenith--Cook Medical Europe (Z)) using finite element analysis (FEA). Global SG behavior was studied by assessing stent spacing variation and cross-section deformation. Four criteria were defined to compare flexibility of SGs: maximal luminal reduction rate, torque required for bending, maximal membrane strains in graft and maximal Von Mises stress in stents. For angulation greater than 60°, values of these four criteria were lower with A-SG, compared to Z-SG. In conclusion, A-SG was more flexible than Z-SG according to FEA. A-SG may decrease the incidence of complications in the setting of tortuous aorto-iliac aneurysms. Our numerical model could be used to assess flexibility of further manufactured as well as newly designed SGs.

  6. Influence of different self-expanding stent-graft types on remodeling of the aortic neck after endovascular aneurysm repair.

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    Oberhuber, Alexander; Schwarz, Alexander; Hoffmann, Martin H; Klass, Oliver; Orend, Karl-Heinz; Mühling, Bernd

    2010-12-01

    To evaluate aortic neck changes, specifically aortic neck dilatation, over a 10-year period in patients undergoing endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic aneurysm. All patients who underwent elective EVAR at our institution from 1998 through 2007 were analyzed retrospectively. Among these, 103 patients (96 men; mean age 71 years, range 35-84) who received the 3 most frequently implanted self-expanding stent-grafts (35 Talent, 39 Excluder, and 29 Zenith) and had a minimum 3-month imaging follow-up at our department were selected for this study. All diameters were measured perpendicular to the centerline of flow on computed tomography; baseline data were derived from the first postoperative scan. Stent-graft migration was measured from the lowermost renal artery to the first strut of the stent-graft. Based on intra- and interobserver error measurements, a minimum change of 2 mm defined aortic neck dilatation. During a mean follow-up of 39.4 months (range 3-108.8), infrarenal aortic neck dilatation (>2 mm) was found in 10 patients (28.6%, 95% CI 14.6-46.3) in the Talent group, 4 (10.3%, 95% CI 2.9-24.2) in the Excluder group, and 9 (31.0%, 95% CI 15.3-50.8) in the Zenith group (p=0.299). In 7 (31%) of the 23 patients with neck dilatation, additional therapy was necessary. Suprarenal changes were found in 6 patients (17.1%, 95% CI 6.6-33.6), 8 patients (20.5%, 95% CI 9.3-36.5), and 5 patients (17.2%, 95% CI 5.8-35.8), respectively (p=0.218). Stent-graft migration >2 mm was seen in 2 (1.9%) of the 103 patients in follow-up. The overall endoleak rates were 37.1% for Talent, 30.8% for Excluder, and 37.9% for Zenith (p>0.05). Two patients were converted to open repair owing to Talent stent-graft migration and persistent type I leak (Zenith). The overall reintervention rate was 13.6% (13/103). Only a small number of the patients treated with self-expanding stent-grafts show notable infrarenal aortic neck dilatation, which does not appear to be related to

  7. Aortic coarctation associated with aortic valve stenosis and mitral regurgitation in an adult patient: a two-stage approach using a large-diameter stent graft.

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    Novosel, Luka; Perkov, Dražen; Dobrota, Savko; Ćorić, Vedran; Štern Padovan, Ranka

    2014-02-01

    We report a case of a staged surgical and endovascular management in a 62-year-old woman with aortic coarctation associated with aortic valve stenosis and mitral regurgitation. The patient was admitted for severe aortic valve stenosis and mitral valve incompetence. During hospitalization and preoperative imaging, a previously undiagnosed aortic coarctation was discovered. The patient underwent a 2-stage approach that combined a Bentall procedure and mitral valve replacement in the first stage, followed by correction of the aortic coarctation by percutaneous placement of an Advanta V12 large-diameter stent graft (Atrium, Mijdrecht, The Netherlands) which to our knowledge has not been used in an adult patient with this combination of additional cardiac comorbidities. A staged approach combining surgical treatment first and endovascular placement of an Advanta V12 stent graft in the second stage can be effective and safe in adult patients with coarctation of the aorta and additional cardiac comorbidities.

  8. Endoluminal treatment of infrarenal aortic aneurysms: clinical experience with the Talent stent-graft system.

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    Hausegger, K A; Mendel, H; Tiessenhausen, K; Kaucky, M; Aman, W; Tauss, J; Koch, G

    1999-03-01

    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Talent stent-graft (TSG) system in the endoluminal treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Endoluminal treatment of an AAA was attempted in 30 men with a mean age of 70.5 years (range, 51-83 years). Seven patients had AAAs suitable for treatment with a tube graft. In the other patients, treatment with a bifurcated TSG was planned. All procedures were performed as a combined surgical-radiologic procedure in an angiographic room. Primary technical success was achieved in 25 of 30 patients (83%). Technical failures were due to misplacement of the TSG (n = 2) with proximal leakage as a consequence, inability to gain access via the iliac arteries (n = 1), and a distal leakage (n = 2). Secondary interventions (n = 2) and spontaneous thrombosis of a distal leak (n = 1) increased the secondary technical success rate to 93% (28 of 30). Two procedures were converted to open surgery (conversion rate = 6%). One patient died during the first 30 days after uncomplicated stent-graft insertion because of myocardial infarction (30-day mortality = 5%). No complications occurred during a mean follow-up of 15.4 months (range, 6-19 months). The maximum diameter of the AAA decreased in eight patients and remained unchanged in the remaining patients. No increase in diameter was observed. No late endoleak or migration of the TSG was observed. The TSG-system revealed satisfactory initial and early follow-up results. Treatment of AAAs with this stent-graft system is feasible. The technical success rate in carefully selected patients should be 90% or more. However, long-term observations are necessary to determine if the encouraging early results of this type of therapy can be preserved during long-term follow-up.

  9. Short series of emergency stent-graft repair of symptomatic penetrating thoracic aortic ulcers (PTAU).

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    Girn, H R S; McPherson, S; Nicholson, T; Mavor, A I D; Homer-Vanniasinkam, S; Gough, M J

    2009-05-01

    Acute penetrating thoracic aortic ulcers (PTAU) are associated with vessel rupture, particularly when intramural haematoma (IMH) is present. Although surgical repair is the treatment of choice for PTAU in the aortic arch, definitive treatment of PTAU in other locations of the thoracic aorta remains controversial, particularly in this frail cohort of patients. Recent series of elective and semi-elective endovascular stent-graft repair of PTAU of the descending thoracic aorta show comparable results with the previously advocated best medical management. We report our results from a retrospective, observational study of acute stent-graft repair of symptomatic PTAU. Between 2000 and 2005, 11 patients (seven male, four female; median age 71 years) presented with acute PTAU. CT scans demonstrated an associated IMH in six, a contained leak in three or rupture in four unstable patients. All were covered by a single endovascular stent [Gore (5), Talent (5), Zenith (1); 10 inserted via the groin and one via iliac conduit within 1 week of presentation (five < 24 h). Technical success was 90.90% (10/11) and 3/11 (27%) died within 30 days (two ARDS, one a persistent leak and rupture at 48 h). One patient developed transient paraplegia; three haemothoraces required chest drains, one of which subsequently required empyema drainage. In survivors, CT scans were satisfactory, with no further intervention required at 32.5 (6-66) months of median follow-up. In conclusion, endovascular management of acute PTAU appears effective and durable with mortality rates that are likely to be better than for open surgery. However, haemodynamic compromise at presentation remains a robust denominator of over-all survival.

  10. Safety of elective management of synchronous aortic disease with simultaneous thoracic and aortic stent graft placement

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    Scali, Salvatore T.; Feezor, Robert J.; Chang, Catherine K.; Stone, David H.; Goodney, Philip P.; Nelson, Peter R.; Huber, Thomas S.; Beck, Adam W.

    2013-01-01

    Background Simultaneous treatment of multilevel aortic disease is controversial due to the theoretic increase in morbidity. This study was conducted to define the outcomes in patients treated electively with simultaneous thoracic endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (TEVAR) and abdominal aortic endovascular endografting for synchronous aortic pathology. Methods Patients treated with simultaneous TEVAR and endovascular aneurysm repair (T&E) at the University of Florida were identified from a prospectively maintained endovascular aortic registry and compared with those treated with TEVAR alone (TA). The study excluded patients with urgent or emergency indications, thoracoabdominal or mycotic aneurysm, and those requiring chimney stents, fenestrations, or visceral debranching procedures. Demographics, anatomic characteristics, operative details, and periprocedural morbidity were recorded. Mortality and reintervention were estimated using life-table analysis. Results From 2001 to 2011, 595 patients underwent TEVAR, of whom 457 had elective repair. Twenty-two (18 men, 82%) were identified who were treated electively with simultaneous T&E. Mean ± standard deviation age was 66 ± 9 years, and median follow-up was 8.8 months (range, 1–34 months). Operative indications for the procedure included dissection-related pathology in 10 (45%) and various combinations of degenerative etiologies in 12 (55%). Compared with TA, T&E patients had significantly higher blood loss (P < .0001), contrast exposure (P < .0001), fluoroscopy time (P < .0001), and operative time (P < .0001). The temporary spinal cord ischemia rate was 13.6% (n = 3) for the T&E group and 6.0% for TA (P = .15); however, the permanent spinal cord ischemia rate was 4% for both groups (P = .96). The 30-day mortality for T&E was 4.5% (n = 1) compared with 2.1% (n = 10) for TA. Temporary renal injury (defined by a 25% increase over baseline creatinine) occurred in two T&E patients (9.1%), with none requiring permanent

  11. Open triple-branched stent graft applied to patient of acute type a aortic dissection with Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery

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    2013-01-01

    A 57-year-old Chinese male patient presented with Standford type A aortic dissection with an aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA). At operation, the ascending aorta was replaced by a mono–branch vascular prosthesis with the branch bypassing to the ARSA; the triple-branched stent graft was inserted into the true lumen of the arch and proximal descending aorta (covering the origin of the ARSA) with each sidearm graft being positioned into the aortic branches; and then its proximal end was sutured to mono–branched vascular prosthesis. Follow-up computed tomography angiography showed false lumen of the dissection disappeared with satisfactory position of the triple-branched stent graft. PMID:23587108

  12. Techniques for preserving vertebral artery perfusion during thoracic aortic stent grafting requiring aortic arch landing.

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    Woo, Edward Y; Bavaria, Joseph E; Pochettino, Alberto; Gleason, Thomas G; Woo, Y Joseph; Velazquez, Omaida C; Carpenter, Jeffrey P; Cheung, Albert T; Fairman, Ronald M

    2006-01-01

    Thoracic endografting offers many advantages over open repair. However, delivery of the device can be difficult and may necessitate adjunctive procedures. We describe our techniques for preserving perfusion to the left subclavian artery despite endograft coverage to obtain a proximal seal zone. We reviewed our experience with the Talent thoracic stent graft (Medtronic, Santa Rosa, CA). From 1999 to 2003, 49 patients received this device (29 men, 20 women). Seventeen patients required adjunctive procedures to facilitate proximal graft placement. We performed left subclavian-to-left common carotid artery transposition (6), left common carotid-to-left subclavian artery bypass with ligation proximal to the vertebral artery (7), and left common carotid-to-left subclavian artery bypass with proximal coil embolization (4). Patients who had anatomy unfavorable to transposition or bypass with proximal ligation (large aneurysms or proximal vertebral artery origin) were treated with coil embolization of the proximal left subclavian artery in order to prevent subsequent type II endoleaks. Technical success rate of the carotid subclavian bypass was 100%. Patient follow-up ranged from 3 to 48 months with a mean of 12 months. Six patients had follow-up <6 months owing to recent graft placement. Primary patency was 100%. No neurologic events occurred during the procedure or upon follow-up. One patient had a transient chyle leak that spontaneously resolved in 24 hours. Another patient had a phrenic nerve paresis that resolved after 3 weeks. We believe that it is important to maintain patency of the vertebral artery specifically when a patent right vertebral system and an intact basilar artery is not demonstrated. Furthermore, we describe a novel technique of coil embolization of the proximal left subclavian artery in conjunction with left common carotid-to-left subclavian artery bypass. This circumvents the need for potentially hazardous mediastinal dissection and ligation of the

  13. Safety and Efficacy of an Aortic Arch Stent Graft with Window-Shaped Fenestration for Supra-Aortic Arch Vessels: an Experimental Study in Swine

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    Park, Jong Ha; Choe, Jeong Cheon; Kim, Sang-Pil; Park, Tae Sik; Ahn, Jinhee; Park, Jin Sup; Lee, Hye Won; Oh, Jun-Hyok; Choi, Jung Hyun; Cha, Kwang Soo

    2017-01-01

    Background and Objectives Thoracic endovascular aortic repair exhibits limitations in cases where the aortic pathology involves the aortic arch. We had already developed a fenestrated aortic stent graft (FASG) with a preloaded catheter for aortic pathology involving the aortic arch. FASG was suitable for elective cases. Materials and Methods An aortic arch stent graft with a window-shaped fenestration (FASG-W) for supra-aortic arch vessels is suitable for emergent cases. This study aims to test a FASG-W for supra-aortic arch vessels and to perform a preclinical study in swine to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this device. Six FASG-Ws with 1 preloaded catheter were advanced through the iliac artery in 6 swine. The presence of endoleak and the patency and deformity of the grafts were examined with computed tomography (CT) at 4 weeks postoperatively. A postmortem examination was performed at 8 weeks. The mean procedure time for FASG-W was 27.15±4.02 minutes. The mean time for the selection of the right carotid artery was 5.72±0.72 minutes. Results Major adverse events were not observed in any of the 6 pigs who survived for 8 weeks. For the FASG-W, no endoleaks, no disconnection, and no occlusion of the stent grafts were observed in the CT findings or the postmortem gross findings. Conclusion The procedure with the FASG-W was able to be performed safely in a relatively short procedure time and involved an easy technique. The FASG-W was found to be safe and convenient for use in this preclinical study of swine. PMID:28382077

  14. Tube Stent-Grafts for Infrarenal Aortic Aneurysm: A Matched-Paired Analysis Based on EUROSTAR Data

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    Ruppert, Volker Leurs, Lina J.; Hobo, Roel; Buth, Jacob; Rieger, Johannes; Umscheid, Thomas

    2007-07-15

    Objective. Tube stent-grafts for treatment of infrarenal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are a nearly forgotten concept. For focal aortic pathologies tube stent-grafts may be a treatment option. We have performed a retrospective matched-paired analysis of the EUROSTAR registry regarding the outcome of tube vs. bifurcated stent-grafts for AAA. Tapered aortomonoiliac stent-grafts were not the objective of this study. Materials and methods. From July 1997 to June 2006, 7581 patients who underwent an endovascular AAA repair were entered in the EUROSTAR registry by 164 centers. One hundred fifty-three patients were treated with tube stent-grafts. For each of these 153 patients we selected one patient from a bifurcated stent-graft group (BGG-original, 7428 patients) matched according to gender, ASA, age, AAA diameter, and type of anesthesia. Differences in preoperative details between the two study groups were analyzed using chi-square test for discrete variables and Wilcoxon rank-sum test for continuous variables. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed on early complications. Midterm outcomes (>30 days) were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier and multivariate Cox proportional hazard model. Results. The duration of the procedure was shorter in the tube stent-graft group (TGG; 102.3 {+-} 52.2) than in BGG (128.3 {+-} 55.0; p 0.0002). Type II endoleak was less frequent in TGG (4.0%; mean follow-up, 23.12 {+-} 23.9 months) than in BGG (14.3%; mean follow-up, 20.77 {+-} 20.0 months; p = 0.0394). Type I endoleaks and migration were distributed equally, without significant differences between the groups. Combined 30-day and late mortality was higher for TGG (p = 0.0346) and was obviously not aneurysm related. Conclusions. We conclude that after selection of patients, tube stent-grafts for infrarenal aortic repair can be performed with great safety regarding endoleaks and migration. The combined higher 30-day mortality and non-aneurysm-related mortality during follow-up were

  15. Sun's procedure for complex aortic arch repair: total arch replacement using a tetrafurcate graft with stented elephant trunk implantation.

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    Ma, Wei-Guo; Zhu, Jun-Ming; Zheng, Jun; Liu, Yong-Min; Ziganshin, Bulat A; Elefteriades, John A; Sun, Li-Zhong

    2013-09-01

    The Sun's procedure is a surgical technique proposed by Dr. Li-Zhong Sun in 2002 that integrates total aortic arch replacement using a tetrafurcated graft with implantation of a specially designed frozen elephant trunk (Cronus(®)) in the descending aorta. It is used as a treatment option for extensive aortic dissections or aneurysms involving the ascending aorta, aortic arch and the descending aorta. The technical essentials of Sun's procedure include implantation of the special open stented graft into the descending aorta, total arch replacement with a 4-branched vascular graft, right axillary artery cannulation, selective antegrade cerebral perfusion for brain protection, moderate hypothermic circulatory arrest at 25 °C, a special anastomotic sequence for aortic reconstruction (i.e., proximal descending aorta → left carotid artery → ascending aorta → left subclavian artery → innominate artery), and early rewarming and reperfusion after distal anastomosis to minimize cerebral and cardiac ischemia. The core advantage of Sun's procedure lies in the use of a unique stented graft, which has superior technical simplicity, flexibility, inherent mechanical durability and an extra centimeter of attached regular vascular graft at both ends. Since its introduction in 2003, the Sun's procedure has produced satisfactory early and long-term results in over 8,000 patients in China and more than 200 patients in South American countries. In a series of 1,092 patients, the authors have achieved an in-hospital mortality rate of 6.27% (7.98% in emergent or urgent vs. 3.98% in elective cases). Given the accumulating clinical experience and the consequent, continual evolution of surgical indications, the Sun's procedure is becoming increasingly applied/used worldwide as an innovative and imaginative enhancement of surgical options for the dissected (or aneurysmal) ascending aorta, aortic arch and proximal descending aorta, and may become the next standard treatment for type

  16. Investigation of the Hemodynamic Effect of Stent Wires on Renal Arteries in Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Treated with Suprarenal Stent-Grafts

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    Sun Zhonghua; Chaichana, Thanapong

    2009-07-15

    The purpose of the study was to investigate the hemodynamic effect of stent struts (wires) on renal arteries in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) treated with suprarenal stent-grafts. Two sample patients with AAA undergoing multislice CT angiography pre- and postsuprarenal fixation of stent-grafts were selected for inclusion in the study. Eight juxtarenal models focusing on the renal arteries were generated from the multislice CT datasets. Four types of configurations of stent wires crossing the renal artery ostium were simulated in the segmented aorta models: a single wire crossing centrally, a single wire crossing peripherally, a V-shaped wire crossing centrally, and multiple wires crossing peripherally. The blood flow pattern, flow velocity, wall pressure, and wall shear stress at the renal arteries pre- and post-stent-grafting were analyzed and compared using a two-way fluid structure interaction analysis. The stent wire thickness was simulated with a diameter of 0.4, 1.0, and 2.0 mm, and hemodynamic analysis was performed at different cardiac cycles. The interference of stent wires with renal blood flow was mainly determined by the thickness of stent wires and the type of configuration of stent wires crossing the renal ostium. The flow velocity was reduced by 20-30% in most of the situations when the stent wire thickness increased to 1.0 and 2.0 mm. Of the four types of configuration, the single wire crossing centrally resulted in the highest reduction of flow velocity, ranging from 21% to 28.9% among three different wire thicknesses. Wall shear stress was also dependent on the wire thickness, which decreased significantly when the wire thickness reached 1.0 and 2.0 mm. In conclusion, our preliminary study showed that the hemodynamic effect of suprarenal stent wires in patients with AAA treated with suprarenal stent-grafts was determined by the thickness of suprarenal stent wires. Research findings in our study are useful for follow-up of

  17. Total arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection with open placement of a modified triple-branched stent graft and the arch open technique

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    2014-01-01

    Background In total arch repair with open placement of a triple-branched stent graft for acute type A aortic dissection, the diameters of the native arch vessels and the distances between 2 neighboring arch vessels did not always match the available sizes of the triple-branched stent grafts, and insertion of the triple-branched stent graft through the distal ascending aortic incision was not easy in some cases. To reduce those two problems, we modified the triple-branched stent graft and developed the arch open technique. Methods and results Total arch repair with open placement of a modified triple-branched stent graft and the arch open technique was performed in 25 consecutive patients with acute type A aortic dissection. There was 1 surgical death. Most survivors had an uneventful postoperative course. All implanted stents were in a good position and wide expansion, there was no space or blood flow surrounding the stent graft. Complete thrombus obliteration of the false lumen was found around the modified triple-branched stent graft in all survivors and at the diaphragmatic level in 20 of 24 patients. Conclusions The modified triple-branched stent graft could provide a good match with the different diameters of the native arch vessels and the various distances between 2 neighboring arch vessels, and it’s placement could become much easier by the arch open technique. Consequently, placement of a modified triple-branched stent graft could be easily used in most patients with acute type A aortic dissection for effective total arch repair. PMID:25085259

  18. The Relationship between Temporal Changes in Proximal Neck Angulation and Stent-Graft Migration after Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair.

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    Tokunaga, Seisaku; Ihara, Tsutomu; Banno, Hiroshi; Kodama, Akio; Sugimoto, Masayuki; Komori, Kimihiro

    2017-02-01

    In recent years, endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) for treating abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) has become quite prevalent in Japan. Though little information is available about temporal changes in proximal neck angulation due to the difficulties encountered in measuring the angle. Therefore, we examined temporal changes in proximal neck angulation and its relationship to stent-graft migration after EVAR. Between June 2007 and March 2010, 159 patients underwent EVAR for treatment of fusiform AAAs at our hospital. This study focuses on the 80 patients among this group whose treatment sites and subsequent stent grafts were examined by contrast computed tomographic angiography before surgery, directly after surgery (within 4 days), as well as 1 year and 2 years thereafter. We created curved planar reconstruction (CPR) images and measured the length of migration and neck angle using our method. At 2 years after EVAR, the average length of proximal landing zone was 21.4 ± 9.2 mm. The average length of stent migration after 2 years was 1.41 ± 2.68 mm. The average neck angle was 33.9° preoperatively and 29.9° directly after surgery yielding a significant difference. However, 1 and 2 years after surgery the average neck angle was 28.2° and 28.4°, respectively. The number of patients experiencing a change >6° in the angle of the proximal neck between the preoperative condition and that directly after surgery was 16 (34.8%) with the use of Zenith stent grafts (n = 46) and 14 (41.2%) with the use of Excluder stent grafts (n = 34). There was no correlation between the proximal neck angle and migration of the proximal stent graft. In addition, there was no correlation between the changes in proximal neck angle and the secondary intervention rate and the occurrence of endoleak. There was a significant change in the neck angle between the preoperative condition and the immediate postoperative condition. However, there was no clear

  19. Palliative stent graft placement combined with subsequent open surgery for retrograde ascending dissection intra-thoracic endovascular aortic repair

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    Zhu, Kai; Guo, Changfa; Li, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is an effective strategy for type B dissection. Retrograde ascending dissection (RAD) intra-TEVAR is a rare complication on clinic. In this case, a 48-year-old Chinese man with Stanford type B aortic dissection suffered acute RAD during the TEVAR. And palliative stent grafts placement was performed in a local hospital, which earned the time for transfer and subsequent total arch replacement surgery in Zhongshan Hospital Fudan University. This report suggests that the palliative strategy may be an option for RAD in some specific situation. PMID:25590002

  20. Systemic Pulsatile Pressure in Type II Endoleaks After Stent Grafting of Experimental Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

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    Pitton, Michael Bernhard Schmenger, Patrick; Dueber, Christoph; Neufang, Achim; Thelen, Manfred

    2003-06-15

    Purpose: To investigate pressure and maximum rate of rise of systolic pressure (peak dP/dt) in completely excluded aneurysms and endoleaks to determine the hemodynamic impact of endoleaks. Methods: In mongrel dogs (n =36) experimental aneurysms were created by insertion of a patch (portion of rectus abdomen is muscle sheath) into the infrarenalaorta. In group I (n 18), all aortic branches of the aneurysm were ligated and all aneurysms were completely excluded by stent grafts. Group II (n = 18) consisted of aneurysms with patent aortic side branches that represented sources of endoleaks.One week (n = 12), six weeks (n = 12),and six months (n = 12) after stent grafting,hemodynamic measurements were obtained in thrombosed aneurysms and proved endoleaks. Systemic blood pressure and intraaneurysmal pressure were simultaneously measured and the respective peak dP/dt were computed. Results: At the six-month follow-up, the systolic-pressure ratio (intraaneurysmatic pressure: systemic pressure)was significantly increased in endoleaks compared to non-perfused areas(0.879 {+-} 0.042 versus 0.438 {+-} 0.176, p <0.01, group II) or completely excluded aneurysms (0.385 {+-}0.221, group I). Peak dP/dt ratio (intraaneurysmal peak dP/dt: systemic peak dP/dt) was 0.922 {+-} 0.154 in endoleaks, compared to 0.084 {+-} 0.080 in non-perfused areas (group II, p <0.01), and was 0.146 {+-} 0.121 in completely excluded aneurysms (group I). The diastolic-pressure ratio was also increased inendoleaks compared to non-perfused areas (0.929 {+-} 0.088 versus 0.655 {+-} 0.231, p < 0.01, group II) or completely excluded aneurysms (0.641 {+-} 0.278, group I). In excluded aneurysms, pressure exposure declined as the length of the follow-up period increased. Conclusion: Type II endoleaks transmit pulsatile pressure of near systemic level and indicate insufficient treatment result. In contrast, complete endovascular exclusion of aneurysms results in significantly reduced pressure exposure.

  1. Dr. Sun's Procedure for Type A Aortic Dissection: Total Arch Replacement Using Tetrafurcate Graft With Stented Elephant Trunk Implantation

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    Ma, Wei-Guo; Zheng, Jun; Liu, Yong-Min; Zhu, Jun-Ming; Sun, Li-Zhong

    2013-01-01

    Sun's procedure is a modified elephant trunk technique that integrates the advantages of open surgical and endovascular repairs as a treatment of type A aortic dissection. It is named after Dr. Li-Zhong Sun and refers to total arch replacement using a four-branched graft with implantation of a special stented endovascular graft. Since its introduction, it has produced excellent early and late clinical outcomes. We present a video of this procedure and make an overview regarding the technical aspects, surgical indications, and clinical outcomes of Sun's procedure. PMID:26798674

  2. Measurement of pulsatile haemodynamic forces in a model of a bifurcated stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

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    Zhou, S N; How, T V; Black, R A; Vallabhaneni, S R; McWilliams, R; Brennan, J A

    2008-05-01

    The longitudinal haemodynamic force (LF) acting on a bifurcated stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair has been estimated previously using a simple one-dimensional analytical model based on the momentum equation which assumes steady flow of an inviscid fluid. Using an instrumented stent-graft model an experimental technique was developed to measure the LF under pulsatile flow conditions. The physical stent-graft model, with main trunk diameter of 30mm and limb diameters of 12 mm, was fabricated from aluminium. Strain gauges were bonded on to the main trunk to determine the longitudinal strain which is related to the LF. After calibration, the model was placed in a pulsatile flow system with 40 per cent aqueous glycerol solution as the circulating fluid. The LF was determined using a Wheatstone bridge signal-conditioning circuit. The signals were averaged over 590 cardiac cycles and saved to a personal computer for subsequent processing. The LF was strongly dependent on the pressure but less so on the flowrate. The measured forces were higher than those predicted by the simplified mathematical model by about 6-18 per cent during the cardiac cycle. The excess measured forces are due to the viscous drag and the effect of pulsatile flow. The peak measured LF in this model of 30 mm diameter may exceed the fixation force of some current clinical endovascular stent grafts.

  3. Effect of endoskeleton stent graft design on pulse wave velocity in patients undergoing endovascular repair of the aortic arch.

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    Hori, Daijiro; Akiyoshi, Kei; Yuri, Koichi; Nishi, Satoshi; Nonaka, Takao; Yamamoto, Takahiro; Imamura, Yusuke; Matsumoto, Harunobu; Kimura, Naoyuki; Yamaguchi, Atsushi

    2017-06-08

    Pulse wave velocity (PWV), which measures vascular stiffness, is a powerful predictor of cardiovascular event. Treatment of aneurysms with endovascular prosthesis has been reported to increase PWV. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether an endoskeleton stent graft design has less effect on PWV than the exoskeleton stent graft design. Between July 2008 and September 2016, 74 patients underwent endovascular treatment of aortic arch aneurysm in our institution. PWV before and after surgery were compared between those who underwent treatment with Najuta, an endoskeleton stent graft (n = 51), and those treated with other commercially available exoskeleton stent grafts (n = 23). Preoperative PWV (endoskeleton: 2004 ± 379.2 cm/s vs. exoskeleton: 2083 ± 454.5 cm/s, p = 0.47) was similar between the two groups. Factors that were associated with preoperative PWV were age (r = 0.37, 95% CI 0.15-0.56, p = 0.002) and mean arterial pressure (r = 0.53, 95% CI 0.34-0.68, p < 0.001). There was a significant increase in PWV in patients treated by exoskeleton stent grafts (before: 2083 ± 454.5 cm/s vs. after: 2305 ± 479.7 cm/s, p = 0.023) while endoskeleton stent graft showed no change in PWV (before: 2003 ± 379.2 vs. after: 2010 ± 521.1, p = 0.56). In a multivariate analysis, mean arterial pressure (coef 17.5, 95% CI 6.48-28.59, p = 0.002) and exoskeleton stent graft (coef 359.4, 95% CI 89.36-629.43, p = 0.010) were independently associated with PWV after surgery. Physiological changes after endovascular treatment should be considered including effect on vascular stiffness. Endoskeleton stent graft may provide aneurysm repair with minimum effect in PWV after surgery.

  4. Stent Graft in Managing Juxta-Renal Aortoiliac Occlusion

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    Prabhudesai, V. Mitra, K.; West, D. J.; Dean, M. R. E.

    2003-09-15

    Endovascular procedures are frequently used as an alternative to surgical bypass in aortic and iliac occlusion. Stents have revolutionized the scope of such endovascular procedures, but there are few reports of stents or stent grafts in occlusive juxta-renal aortic occlusion. We present a case where such occlusion was managed by use of a stent graft with successful outcome.

  5. Experimental and computational studies on the flow fields in aortic aneurysms associated with deployment of AAA stent-grafts

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    Zhang, Xiwen; Yao, Zhaohui; Zhang, Yan; Xu, Shangdong

    2007-10-01

    Pulsatile flow fields in rigid abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) models were investigated numerically, and the simulation results are found in good agreement with particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements. There are one or more vortexes in the AAA bulge, and a fairly high wall shear stress exists at the distal end, and thus the AAA is in danger of rupture. Medical treatment consists of inserting a vascular stent-graft in the AAA, which would decrease the blood impact to the inner walls and reduce wall shear stress so that the rupture could be prevented. A new computational model, based on porous medium model, was developed and results are documented. Therapeutic effect of the stent-graft was verified numerically with the new model.

  6. Changes in cerebrospinal fluid and blood lactate concentrations after stent-graft implantation at critical aortic segment: a preliminary study.

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    Bashar, Abul Hasan Muhammad; Suzuki, Kazuya; Kazui, Teruhisa; Okada, Mitsuo Yamaguchi; Suzuki, Takayasu; Washiyama, Naoki; Terada, Hitoshi; Yamashita, Katsushi

    2008-04-01

    Obstruction of blood flow through the arteria radicularis magna (ARM) has been linked with ischemic spinal cord injury after conventional thoracic aortic repair. Whether or not endoluminal stent-grafts, deliberately positioned against this artery can cause similar damage to the spinal cord has not been comprehensively investigated. The purpose of this study was to assess the blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of lactate - a well-known biochemical marker of ischemic neurological injury, before and after stent-graft implantation against the ARM. Endoluminal stent-grafting was performed in ten mongrel dogs. In five animals (experimental group), stent-grafts covered the fourth and fifth lumbar segmental arteries - which have been described as the canine equivalents to the ARM in humans. In the remaining five animals (control group), devices of similar length were placed in the lower thoracic aorta. CSF was obtained by cisternal puncture technique at the following time points; before stent-grafting, and 15, 30 and 60 min after stent-grafting. Parallel arterial blood samples were also obtained using a heparinized syringe. All samples were centrifuged and the supernatant analysed for lactate. The mean preprocedural lactate concentration in the CSF was 1.7+/-0.3 mmol/l. Mean postprocedural levels in the experimental group at 15, 30 and 60 min were 3.1+/-1.9, 3.9+/-1.1 and 11.9+/-2.5 mmol/l, respectively (control values; 2.1+/-1.9, 2.7+/-1.1 and 1.9+/-1.5 mmol/l, respectively). Mean preprocedural blood lactate level was 1.8+/-0.6 mmol/l, while the mean postprocedural concentrations in the experimental group at 15, 30 and 60 min were 2.9+/-1.2, 3.4+/-1.7 and 3.9+/-2.0 mmol/l, respectively. Two out of the five animals in the experimental group suffered mild to moderate hind limb weakness. Selective placement of stent-grafts against the ARM in dogs resulted in a conspicuous increase in CSF and blood lactate concentrations 60 min after the procedure with or

  7. Abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment: preliminary results with the Talent stent-graft system.

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    Uflacker, R; Robison, J G; Brothers, T E; Pereira, A H; Sanvitto, P C

    1998-01-01

    To evaluate the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with use of the endoluminal Talent stent-graft (TSG). In 10 men, AAA treatment was attempted with use of the TSG. All patients presented significant surgical risk, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary arteriopathy. The mean age was 65.5 years (range, 57-82 years). The mean proximal neck diameter was 25.8 mm (range, 21.6-34 mm). Five of the TSGs were straight tubes and five were bifurcated systems. The main body of the TSG is made of a polyester graft material mounted on a self-expandable nitinol frame. The bifurcated system uses polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) material for the legs and extensions mounted on a self-expandable nitinol frame. The bifurcated grafts used a 22 to 27-F introducer and the extensions, a 18-F introducer through a surgical cutdown technique. The TSG system was successfully implanted in nine patients and failed in one because of dislodgment after deployment, which required conversion to surgery. Four leaks occurred initially. One was sealed off with balloon dilation at the end of the procedure, one leak was treated with an additional extension, another leak disappeared spontaneously in 30 days, and the other leak required embolization 4 weeks after discharge. Seven patients were discharged on the third day after the procedure, and two patients were discharged at 1 and 2 weeks, respectively. Blood transfusion was necessary in three patients because of hematoma at the incision site in two patients, which required surgical revision for hemostasis, and because of transoperative bleeding in one patient. Follow-up time ranged from 2 to 15 months. The only death occurred 5 days postoperatively as a consequence of ischemic colitis and multisystem organ failure in the only patient who required surgery. Treatment of AAA with the TSG system is effective for aneurysm exclusion. This device seems to provide a good alternative to surgery in patients who are otherwise considered

  8. Results of AFX Unibody Stent-Graft Implantation in Patients With TASC D Aortoiliac Lesions and Coexistent Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.

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    Sirignano, Pasqualino; Mansour, Wassim; Capoccia, Laura; Pranteda, Chiara; Montelione, Nunzio; Speziale, Francesco

    2017-09-01

    To describe results of AFX unibody stent-graft treatment for TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC) D aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) with coexistent abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). A retrospective analysis was conducted of 21 consecutive patients (mean age 73.6±6.4 years; 17 men) with TASC D AIOD plus AAA (diameter >3.5 cm) treated electively using the AFX stent-graft. Common iliac artery (CIA) and external iliac artery (EIA) stenosis or occlusion was reported. Outcome measures were technical and clinical success, improvement in ankle-brachial index (ABI), and improvement in Rutherford category. Immediate and midterm patency, AAA exclusion, major adverse events (MAE), and mortality were also evaluated. After AFX deployment (100% technical success), 18 EIAs required adjunctive stenting (none required in the CIA). One patient required a reintervention for closure device failure. At 30-day follow-up, no death or MAE was recorded. Improvement in ABI was registered in all patients (mean 0.91±0.11), with 100% primary patency. At a mean follow-up of 25.2±11.1 months, primary patency was maintained in all cases. No death or amputation occurred; 2 patients had a myocardial infarction. Improvement in ABI was maintained (0.88±0.13) as well as Rutherford category. This study examined the use of the AFX unibody stent-graft for the treatment of TASC D AIOD with concomitant AAA. The AFX stent-graft appears to be a safe and effective solution for these complex lesions, with low morbidity and mortality.

  9. Extensive Iatrogenic Aortic Dissection During Renal Angioplasty: Successful Treatment with a Covered Stent-Graft

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    Rasmus, M.; Huegli, R.; Jacob, A.L.; Aschwanden, M.; Bilecen, D.

    2007-06-15

    An extensive iatrogenic aortic type B dissection during percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty (PTRA) for bilateral renal artery stenosis was treated with a covered stent placed in the right renal artery. Control angiography confirmed closure of the entry. Postprocedural CT demonstrated a thick intramural hematoma (IMH) up to the left subclavian artery. CT follow-up at 8 months showed an almost complete resorption of the IMH. While medical treatment is the standard therapy for type B dissections, closure of the intimal tear with a covered stent may be an additional option in extensive cases during PTRA.

  10. Use of a stent-graft and vascular occlude to treat primary and re-entry tears in a patient with a Stanford type B aortic dissection

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    Shi, Huihua; Lu, Min; Jiang, Mier

    2013-01-01

    Thoracic endovascular aortic repair for aortic dissections is recognized as an effective treatment. We herein report the case of a 72-year-old male with a Stanford type B aortic dissection. A stent-graft and double-disk vascular occluder was used to repair the primary and re-entry tears, respectively. At 3 month postoperatively, computed tomographic angiography revealed no endoleaks, the stent-graft and vascular occluder to be in optimal positions, the false lumen was almost completely thrombosed, and the visceral arteries were patent. This case illustrates that it is feasible to treat re-entry tears with a vascular occluder after primary proximal stent-graft repairs. PMID:24598963

  11. One-year multicenter results of 100 abdominal aortic aneurysm patients treated with the Endurant stent graft.

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    van Keulen, Jasper W; de Vries, Jean-Paul P M; Dekker, Hannah; Gonçalves, Frederico B; Moll, Frans L; Verhagen, Hence J; van Herwaarden, Joost A

    2011-09-01

    The Endurant (Medtronic, Minneapolis, Minn) is a new stent graft specifically designed to make more patients anatomically eligible for endovascular aneurysm (EVAR). This study presents the 1-year results of 100 consecutive patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) treated with the Endurant stent graft in real-life practice. All clinical preoperative, operative, postoperative, and 1-year follow-up data of patients with the Endurant stent graft from three tertiary centers were prospectively collected. Patients underwent computed tomographic angiography (CTA) preoperatively, at 1 month, and at 1-year post-EVAR. The first 100 patients with an implantation date at least 1 year before our date of analysis and complete information were included. Clinical data, AAA characteristics, presence of endoleaks, graft migration, and other EVAR-related complications were noted. All values are stated as mean ± SD (range). This study included 100 patients with AAAs (88 men) with a mean age of 73 ± 8 years (47 to 87 years), an AAA size of 61 ± 10 mm (31 to 93 mm), an AAA volume of 210 ± 122 mL (69 to 934 mL), a proximal neck length of 33 ± 14 mm (9 to 82 mm), and an infrarenal angulation of 44 ± 25° (0°-108°). Nineteen of the 100 included patients had at least one anatomic characteristic that was considered a violation of the instructions for use (IFU) of the Endurant stent graft. A primary technical success was achieved in 98% of the patients (one additional stent placement in renal artery was required; one unplanned aorto-uni-iliac device placed), with no primary type I or III endoleaks or conversions. A secondary technical success was achieved in all cases. The 30-day mortality was 2% and the first postoperative CTA documented 16 endoleaks (16%; 16 type II). One-year follow-up showed three iliac limb occlusions (3%), one infected stent graft (causing a type Ia endoleak), and five endovascular reinterventions (5%; three to treat iliac limb occlusions, one proximal

  12. Use of through-and-through guidewire for delivering large stent-grafts into the distal aortic arch

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    Shammari, Muhammad Al; Taylor, Peter; Reidy, John F.

    2000-05-15

    The availability of large diameter stent-grafts is now allowing the endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms. Most aneurysms are closely related to the distal arch and it is thus necessary to pass the delivery systems into the arch to effectively cover the proximal neck. Even with extra-stiff guidewires in position, it may still be difficult to achieve this, as a result of tortuosity at the iliac arteries and the aorta. We detail a technique where a stiff guidewire is passed from a brachial entry point through the aorta and out at the femoral arteriotomy site. This allows extra-support and may enable the delivery system to be passed further into the aortic arch than it could with just the regular guidewire position.

  13. Chimney Technique with the INCRAFT(®) AAA Stent Graft System to Treat Pararenal Aortic Aneurysm in Narrowed Iliac Axes.

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    Montelione, Nunzio; Sirignano, Pasqualino; Mansour, Wassim; Formiconi, Martina; Capoccia, Laura; Speziale, Francesco

    2017-10-01

    To report a case of pararenal aortic aneurysm (PAAA) with narrowed iliac arteries treated by the chimney technique combined with the INCRAFT(®) AAA stent graft system. A 75-year-old man was diagnosed with a 55-mm PAAA. Patient was judged unfit for open repair and for standard endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) due to its clinical and anatomical requirements. Custom-made fenestrated device (FEVAR) was excluded due to the presence of narrowed and heavily calcified iliac axes. Consequently, patient underwent auspicious endovascular aneurysm repair with the INCRAFT System and chimney grafts in the superior mesenteric artery and both renal arteries. At 12 months' follow-up, patient was in good clinical condition, with preserved renal function. Computed tomographic angiography revealed inceptive shrinkage of the aneurysm with patency of aortic and visceral grafts even in the presence of a low-flow type Ia endoleak. Chimney grafts (CGs) combined with the low-profile INCRAFT System seem to be feasible for treating PAAA, in high-risk patients unfit for standard EVAR or FEVAR devices. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Emergency rescue endovascular stent grafting of ascending aorta to relieve life-threatening coronary obstruction in a case of acute aortic dissection.

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    Tauchi, Yuuya; Tanioka, Hideki; Kondoh, Haruhiko; Satoh, Hisashi; Matsuda, Hikaru

    2014-12-01

    Myocardial ischemia associated with acute aortic dissection is frequently a fatal complication, and the emergent management still remains a challenge. We report a patient with life-threatening myocardial ischemia due to acute aortic dissection managed by rescue stent grafting of the ascending aorta. Coronary blood flow improved immediately with this endovascular procedure, hemodynamic status was ameliorated dramatically, followed by uneventful open repair. Copyright © 2014 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Personalized design and virtual evaluation of physician-modified stent grafts for juxta-renal abdominal aortic aneurysms

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    Sanathkhani, Soroosh; Shroff, Sanjeev G.; Menon, Prahlad G.

    2017-02-01

    Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of juxtarenal aortic aneurysms (JAA) is particularly challenging owing to the requirement of suprarenal EVAR graft fixation, which has been associated with significant declines in long term renal function. Therefore, the ability to design fenestrated EVAR grafts on a personalized basis in order to ensure visceral and renal perfusion, is highly desirable. The objectives of this study are: a) To demonstrate novel 3D geometric methods to virtually design and deploy EVAR grafts into a virtually designed JAA, by applying a custom surface mesh deformation tool to a patient-specific descending aortic model reconstructed from computed tomographic (CT) images; and b) To virtually evaluate patient-specific renal flow and wall stresses in these patient-specific virtually EVAR geometries, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The presented framework may provide the modern cardiovascular surgeon the ability to leverage non-invasive, pre-operative imaging equipment to personalize and guide EVAR therapeutic strategy. Our CFD studies revealed that virtual EVAR grafting of a patient-specific JAA, with optimal fenestration sites and renal stenting, led to a 179.67±15.95% and 1051.43±18.34% improvement in right and left renal flow rates, respectively, when compared with the baseline patient-specific aortic geometry with renal stenoses, whereas a right and left renal flow improved by 36.44±2.24% and 885.93±12.41%, respectively, relative to the equivalently modeled JAA with renal stenoses, considering averages across the three simulated inflow rate cases. The proposed framework have utility to iteratively optimize suprarenal EVAR fixation length and achieve normal renal wall shear stresses and streamlined juxtarenal hemodynamics.

  16. Endovascular repair of a ruptured descending thoracic aortic aneurysm in a patient with an ascending aortic aneurysm: hybrid open arch reconstruction with simultaneous thoracic stent-graft deployment within elephant trunk.

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    Abou-Zamzam, Ahmed M; Zhang, Wayne; Wang, Nan; Razzouk, Anees

    2008-03-01

    Endovascular repair of the thoracic aorta is now widely practiced. The extension of this technique to emergent settings is in evolution. Pathology of the ascending and transverse aortic arch may preclude thoracic aortic stent grafting due to the lack of a proximal seal zone. Several hybrid open/endovascular approaches have been described. We recently encountered the difficult case of a contained rupture of a 6.8 cm descending thoracic aortic aneurysm in a 60-year-old patient with aneurysmal degeneration of the ascending and transverse aortic arch. This patient was treated with a hybrid approach of open ascending and transverse arch reconstruction along with simultaneous stent-graft repair of the descending thoracic aorta. The open repair established an excellent proximal landing zone by use of the "elephant trunk" technique. This technique also allowed direct suture fixation of the stent graft to the arch graft to prevent stent-graft migration. This hybrid surgical approach was successful and avoided the cumulative morbidity that a left thoracoabdominal approach would have added to the sternotomy. Further creative uses of these hybrid techniques will undoubtedly serve a larger role in the treatment of thoracic aortic pathology.

  17. Fluid-structure interaction of a patient-specific abdominal aortic aneurysm treated with an endovascular stent-graft

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    Molony, David S; Callanan, Anthony; Kavanagh, Eamon G; Walsh, Michael T; McGloughlin, Tim M

    2009-01-01

    Background Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are local dilatations of the infrarenal aorta. If left untreated they may rupture and lead to death. One form of treatment is the minimally invasive insertion of a stent-graft into the aneurysm. Despite this effective treatment aneurysms may occasionally continue to expand and this may eventually result in post-operative rupture of the aneurysm. Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) is a particularly useful tool for investigating aneurysm biomechanics as both the wall stresses and fluid forces can be examined. Methods Pre-op, Post-op and Follow-up models were reconstructed from CT scans of a single patient and FSI simulations were performed on each model. The FSI approach involved coupling Abaqus and Fluent via a third-party software - MpCCI. Aneurysm wall stress and compliance were investigated as well as the drag force acting on the stent-graft. Results Aneurysm wall stress was reduced from 0.38 MPa before surgery to a value of 0.03 MPa after insertion of the stent-graft. Higher stresses were seen in the aneurysm neck and iliac legs post-operatively. The compliance of the aneurysm was also reduced post-operatively. The peak Post-op axial drag force was found to be 4.85 N. This increased to 6.37 N in the Follow-up model. Conclusion In a patient-specific case peak aneurysm wall stress was reduced by 92%. Such a reduction in aneurysm wall stress may lead to shrinkage of the aneurysm over time. Hence, post-operative stress patterns may help in determining the likelihood of aneurysm shrinkage post EVAR. Post-operative remodelling of the aneurysm may lead to increased drag forces. PMID:19807909

  18. Comparison of Endovascular Stent Grafts for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair in Medicare Beneficiaries.

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    Buck, Dominique B; Soden, Peter A; Deery, Sarah E; Zettervall, Sara L; Ultee, Klaas H J; Landon, Bruce E; O'Malley, A James; Schermerhorn, Marc L

    2017-09-07

    Increased renal complications have been suggested with suprarenal stent grafts, but long-term analyses have been limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of endograft choice on perioperative and long-term outcomes. We compared Medicare beneficiaries undergoing endovascular AAA repair from 2005-2008 with endografts with infrarenal fixation and a single docking limb (AneuRx, Excluder) to those with suprarenal fixation and two docking limbs (Zenith), or a unibody configuration (Powerlink). Propensity score weighting accounted for differences in patient characteristics among the different graft formations, and perioperative mortality, complications, and length of stay and four-year rates of survival, rupture, and reintervention were compared. 46,171 Medicare beneficiaries were identified including 11,002 (24%) with suprarenal fixation, 32,909 (71%) with infrarenal fixation, and 2,260 (5%) with a unibody graft. After propensity score weighting, there were no significant differences in patients' baseline clinical and demographic characteristics. The suprarenal fixation patients had higher rates of perioperative mortality (1.7% vs. 1.3%, P < .01), renal failure (6.0% vs 4.7%, P < .001), and mesenteric ischemia (0.7 vs. 0.4%, P < .01) and longer length of stay (3.4 days vs. 3.0 days, P < .001) compared to patients with infrarenal fixation. Unibody grafts had higher rates of renal failure (5.9% vs. 4.7%, P < .001), mesenteric ischemia (1.0% vs. 0.4%, P < .001), and conversion to open repair (0.7% vs. 0.1%, P < .001) compared to those with infrarenal fixation and single docking limbs. At four years, mortality remained slightly higher with suprarenal compared to infrarenal fixation (30% vs. 29%, P = .047), although these patients had fewer conversions to open repair (0.6% vs. 0.9%, P = .03) and aneurysm-related reinterventions (10% vs. 12%, P < .01). At four years, unibody grafts had more aneurysm-related interventions compared to infrarenal

  19. CT Imaging Findings and Their Relevance to the Clinical Outcomes After Stent Graft Repair of Penetrating Aortic Ulcers: Six-year, Single-center Experience

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    Shin, Ji Hoon; Angle, John F.; Park, Auh Whan; Anderson, Curtis; Sabri, Saher S.; Turba, Ulku C.; Kern, John A.; Cherry, Kenneth J.; Matsumoto, Alan H.

    2012-12-15

    Purpose: To present the computed tomographic (CT) imaging findings and their relevance to clinical outcomes related to stent graft placement in patients with penetrating aortic ulcers (PAUs). Methods: Medical and imaging records and imaging studies were reviewed for consecutive patients who underwent stent graft repair of a PAU. The distribution and characteristics of the PAU, technical success of stent graft repair, procedure-related complications, associated aortic wall abnormalities, and outcomes of the PAUs at follow-up CT scans were evaluated. Results: Fifteen patients underwent endovascular treatment for PAU. A total of 87% of the PAUs were in the proximal (n = 8) or distal (n = 5) descending thoracic aorta. There was a broad spectrum of PAU depth (mean, 7.9 {+-} 5.6 mm; range 1.5-25.0 mm) and diameter (mean, 13.5 {+-} 9.7 mm; range 2.2-41.0 mm). Atherosclerosis of the thoracic aorta and intramural hematoma were associated in 53 and 93% of the patients, respectively. Technical success was achieved in 100%. Two or more stent grafts were used in five patients. Endoleaks were observed in two patients within 2 weeks of the procedure, both of which resolved spontaneously. At follow-up CT scanning, regression and thrombosis of the PAUs were observed in all patients. The average patient survival was 61.8 months, with an overall mortality of 13% (2 of 15) at follow-up. Neither death was related to the endograft device or the PAU. Conclusion: Endovascular stent graft placement was safe and effective in causing regression and thrombosis of PAUs in this small series of patients. Two or more stent grafts were used in five patients (33%) with associated long-segmental atherosclerotic changes of the thoracic aorta or intramural hematoma.

  20. Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair with the Talent Stent-Graft: Outcomes in Patients with Large Iliac Arteries

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    England, Andrew; Butterfield, John S.; McCollum, Charles N.; Ashleigh, Raymond J.

    2008-07-15

    The purpose of this study is to report outcomes following endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in patients with ectatic common iliac arteries (CIAs). Of 117 AAA patients treated by EVAR between 1998 and 2005, 87 (74%) had CIAs diameters <18 mm and 30 (26%) patients had one or more CIA diameters >18 but <25 mm. All patients were treated with Talent stent-grafts, 114 bifurcated and 3 AUI devices. Departmental databases and patient records were reviewed to assess outcomes. Technical success, iliac-related outcome, and iliac-related reintervention (IRSI) were analyzed. Patients with EVAR extending into the external iliac artery were excluded. Median (range) follow-up for the study group was 24 (1-84) months. Initial technical success was 98% for CIAs <18 mm and 100% for CIAs {>=}18 mm (p = 0.551). There were three distal type I endoleaks (two in the ectatic group) and six iliac limb occlusions (one in an ectatic patient); there were no statistically significant differences between groups (p = 0.4). There were nine IRSIs (three stent-graft extensions, six femorofemoral crossover grafts); three of these patients had one or both CIAs {>=}18 mm (p = 0.232). One-year freedom from IRSI was 92% {+-} 3% and 84% {+-} 9% for the <18-mm and {>=}18-mm CIA groups, respectively (p = 0.232). We conclude that the treatment of AAA by EVAR in patients with CIAs 18-24 mm appears to be safe and effective, however, it may be associated with more frequent reinterventions.

  1. Sun’s procedure for complex aortic arch repair: total arch replacement using a tetrafurcate graft with stented elephant trunk implantation

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    Ma, Wei-Guo; Zhu, Jun-Ming; Zheng, Jun; Liu, Yong-Min; Ziganshin, Bulat A.; Elefteriades, John A.

    2013-01-01

    The Sun’s procedure is a surgical technique proposed by Dr. Li-Zhong Sun in 2002 that integrates total aortic arch replacement using a tetrafurcated graft with implantation of a specially designed frozen elephant trunk (Cronus®) in the descending aorta. It is used as a treatment option for extensive aortic dissections or aneurysms involving the ascending aorta, aortic arch and the descending aorta. The technical essentials of Sun’s procedure include implantation of the special open stented graft into the descending aorta, total arch replacement with a 4-branched vascular graft, right axillary artery cannulation, selective antegrade cerebral perfusion for brain protection, moderate hypothermic circulatory arrest at 25 °C, a special anastomotic sequence for aortic reconstruction (i.e., proximal descending aorta → left carotid artery → ascending aorta → left subclavian artery → innominate artery), and early rewarming and reperfusion after distal anastomosis to minimize cerebral and cardiac ischemia. The core advantage of Sun’s procedure lies in the use of a unique stented graft, which has superior technical simplicity, flexibility, inherent mechanical durability and an extra centimeter of attached regular vascular graft at both ends. Since its introduction in 2003, the Sun’s procedure has produced satisfactory early and long-term results in over 8,000 patients in China and more than 200 patients in South American countries. In a series of 1,092 patients, the authors have achieved an in-hospital mortality rate of 6.27% (7.98% in emergent or urgent vs. 3.98% in elective cases). Given the accumulating clinical experience and the consequent, continual evolution of surgical indications, the Sun’s procedure is becoming increasingly applied/used worldwide as an innovative and imaginative enhancement of surgical options for the dissected (or aneurysmal) ascending aorta, aortic arch and proximal descending aorta, and may become the next standard treatment

  2. MR evaluation ex vivo and in vivo of a covered stent-graft for abdominal aortic aneurysms: ferromagnetism, heating, artifacts, and velocity mapping.

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    Engellau, L; Olsrud, J; Brockstedt, S; Albrechtsson, U; Norgren, L; Ståhlberg, F; Larsson, E M

    2000-07-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety was evaluated at 1.5 T in a covered nickel titanium stent-graft (Vanguard) used for endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Imaging artifacts were assessed on MRI with contrast-enhanced (CE) three-dimensional (3D) MR angiography (MRA) and spiral computed tomography (CT) in 10 patients as well as ex vivo. Velocity mapping was performed in the suprarenal aorta and femoral arteries in 14 patients before and after stent-graft placement. For comparison it was also performed in six healthy volunteers. No ferromagnetism or heating was detected. Metal artifacts caused minimal image distortion on MRI/MRA. The artifacts disturbed image evaluation on CT at the graft bifurcation and graft limb junction. No significant differences in mean flow were found in patients before and after stent-graft placement. Our study indicates that MRI at 1.5 T may be performed safely in patients with the (Vanguard) stent-graft. MRI/MRA provides diagnostic image information. Velocity mapping is not included in our routine protocol.

  3. Early Results of Physician Modified Fenestrated Stent Grafts for the Treatment of Thoraco-abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.

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    Cochennec, F; Kobeiter, H; Gohel, M; Leopardi, M; Raux, M; Majewski, M; Desgranges, P; Allaire, E; Becquemin, J P

    2015-11-01

    The aim was to determine whether physician modified stent grafts (PMSGs) are safe and effective for the treatment of high risk patients with thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs). This was a retrospective single institution study. Consecutive patients with TAAA undergoing endovascular repair using a PMSG between January 2012 and June 2014 were evaluated. Fenestrations to preserve branch vessels were created in TX2 thoracic (Cook Medical) stent grafts. Pre- intra- and post-operative data were recorded by means of a prospectively maintained database. Eleven high risk patients with TAAA (type I, n = 4; type III, n = 3; type IV, n = 3; type V, n = 1) underwent fenestrated endovascular repair using PMSGs. Indications were painful aneurysm (n = 5), >70 mm rapidly enlarging aneurysm (n = 4), saccular aneurysm (n = 1), and visceral patch false aneurysm after open repair of a type IV TAAA (n = 1). In four asymptomatic patients, an additional fenestration was created for temporary selective sac perfusion and occluded 2-4 weeks later. Median duration for stent graft modifications was 2 hours (range 1-3 hours). The median number of fenestrations was three (range 2-4). One patient died during the post-operative period from colonic ischemia, giving a 9% in hospital mortality rate. Four (36%) patients presented with moderate to severe complications. One (9%) patient presented with a paraparesis that resolved completely after spinal fluid drainage. Among surviving patients, four required early endovascular re-intervention for type III endoleak (n = 2), type Ia endoleak (n = 1), or target vessel cannulation failure (n = 1). The median follow up time was 6 months (range 3-20 months). During follow up, no other complications occurred and all target vessels remained patent. One patient presented with a persistent type II endoleak. PMSGs provided acceptable short-term results and may be a management option for the treatment of TAAA in selected high risk

  4. Initial Clinical Experience with the Endologix AFX Unibody Stent Graft System for Treating Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Case Controlled Comparative Study

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    Kouvelos, George N.; Nana, Petroula; Bouris, Vasilios; Peroulis, Michalis; Drakou, Aikaterini; Rousas, Nikolaos; Giannoukas, Athanasios; Matsagkas, Miltiadis I.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose The newly designed unibody AFX endograft system for endovascular aortic aneurysm repair is the only graft with anatomical fixation to the aortic bifurcation in comparison to most other grafts that use the infrarenal neck as the main fixation point. The aim of this study was to assess the preliminary results of the AFX stent-graft system used with infrarenal aortic component and compare them with those obtained in patients treated with a well established endograft of the same material and pure infrarenal fixation as the Gore Excluder. Materials and Methods A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from March 2014 to December 2014 identified 10 elective abdominal aortic aneurysm patients treated with the AFX endograft, in comparison to a matched group of 20 patients treated with the Excluder stent-graft. Endpoints included technical and clinical success, freedom from any secondary intervention, any type of endoleak and aneurysm related death. Results Primary technical success was achieved in all patients and no 30-day device related complications or deaths were occurred. The two groups were similar in terms of radiation burden, contrast media, duration of the procedure, post implantation syndrome and in-hospital stay. During a median follow-up period of 23 months (range, 18–26 months) there were no differences in clinical success, freedom from reintervention and aneurysm related death. No type I endoleak was observed in either group. Five of the 6 type II endoleaks (1 in the AFX and 4 in the Excluder group) spontaneously resolved, while in only one patient (Excluder) the endoleak remained without however any change in aneurysm sac diameter (log rank=0.34). Conclusion The initial experience with the AFX stent graft system is promising, with successful aneurysm exclusion and good short-term results. Further and larger studies are needed to fully evaluate the sort as well as the long-term results. PMID:28377907

  5. A New Stent Graft

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    Nishi, S.; Nakayama, Y.; Ueda, H.; Ishikawa, M.; Matsuda, T.

    2000-01-01

    Summary The use of stents improves the result after balloon coronary angioplasty. Restenosis due to neointimal hyperplasia and proliferation of smooth muscle cells are, however; a concern. In the present report, we studied the prevention of restenosis to allow endothelial cell migration and growth to proceed through micropores using our developed stent graft with micropored segmented polyurethane (SPU) thin film in a normal beagle model. Our developed stent graft was made from Palmaz stent and micropored SPU thin film. The SPU film was arranged into four different micropore densities around the circumference: no micropores, arrangement 4; micropores of 30µm in diameter with an orderly distance of 250µm; (arrangement 1), 500µm; (arrangement 2) and 125µm (arrangement 3) between the neighboring two pores. Micropores were made using the Excimer laser ablation technique. The Palmaz stent was wrapped with micropored film, sutured, and glued with DMF (dimethyl formamide) under aid of a microscope. These stents were placed in the common carotid arteries of beagles (n = 5). They were sacrificed at 1 month, and a histological study and scanning electron microscopy study were performed for evaluation of endoluminal endothelialization. In 10 arteries applied with stent grafts, there was no severe stenosis although it did occur to some extent. All stented arteries were patent. Endothelial cell migration and growth through micropores were observed histologically on micropored SPU thin film in this model, which did not affect the intraluminal diameter. In most non-porous regions, significant thrombi were found between the SPU film and the neointimal layer. On the other hand, in the porous region, little thrombosis was observed except in the lowest density region. In 125µm of distance between two neighboring pores, the neointimal layer was the thinnest, which was suitable for wide intraluminal space after placement of a stent graft. Endothelial cell migration and growth

  6. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm with a Dilated Common Iliac Artery: Treatment Using a Handmade Bifurcated Stent-Graft with a Wide Iliac Limb End

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    Miyayama, Shiro; Matsui, Osamu; Akakura, Yukari; Yamamoto, Toru; Nishida, Hiroto; Yoneda, Kenji; Kawai, Keiichi; Murakami, Shinya

    2003-11-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of a bifurcated stent-graft with a wide iliac limb end (WILE) in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with a dilated common iliac artery (CIA) to avoid occlusion of the internaliliac artery (IIA). The WILE, covered with an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene graft which was constructed of large diameter stents according to the individual CIA diameter, was connected to a two-piece bifurcated stent-graft covering a polyester graft. The WILE was placed in eight dilated CIAs of six patients. All but one WILE fitted the dilated CIA well. One did not fit, and coil embolization of the leak was needed. All eight IIA derived from the dilated CIA avoided occlusion. Perigraft leak due to other causes was identified in another two patients. Limb kinking was observed in two patients. Our stent is useful in the treatment of AAA with dilated CIA to avoid occlusion of the IIA, and may extend the indication of endoluminal repair of AAA.

  7. The bird beak configuration has no adverse effect in a magnetic resonance functional analysis of thoracic stent grafts after traumatic aortic transection.

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    Oberhuber, Alexander; Schabhasian, David; Kohlschmitt, Robert; Rottbauer, Wolfgang; Orend, Karl-Heinz; Rasche, Volker

    2015-02-01

    This study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to analyze functional long-term outcome after endovascular repair of blunt aortic injury. This prospective study enrolled 27 of 53 patients who were treated between 1999 and 2008. Patients underwent functional multidimensional contrast-enhanced MRI with flow analysis or compliance measurements of the aorta, or both. Ten patients were treated with the Medtronic Valiant (Medtronic World Medical, Sunrise, Fla), 14 patients received a Gore TAG (W. L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz), and two received a C (conformable)-TAG (W. L. Gore & Associates) stent graft. For several patients, repetitive measurements over time could be done. Median follow-up was 3.92 ± 2.7 years. The MRI parameters were: three-dimensional flow: echo time/repetition time = 3.1/5.3 ms, Δx(pixel density) = 2.5 × 2.5 × 3 mm(3); respiratory navigator, α = 15°, venc(encoding velocity) = 200 cm/s along anterior-posterior, right-left, and foot-head direction, 40 cardiac phases. Cine: echo time/repetition time = 1.7/3.4 ms, Δx(pixel density) = 1.2 × 1.2 × 6 mm(3), breathhold, α = 60°, 40 cardiac phases. The flow analysis showed flow acceleration at the proximal end of the stent graft, with higher values in patients with a nonoptimal alignment of the stent graft. No differences were found between different devices (median acceleration was 75.99 ± 37.98 cm/s for Gore and 71.59 ± 17.22 cm/s for Medtronic). The values were stable during follow-up. In the compliance analysis, the part of the aorta covered with the stent graft showed nearly no expansion, whereas the ascending and descending aorta showed normal expansion. This behavior did not change over the time. At the proximal end of the stent graft, a slight compression could be noted (-0.5 ± 0.14 mm), except in those patients with a C-TAG device from Gore. Functional analysis showed no adverse long-term outcome of the bird beak configuration of stent grafts in the aortic arch after

  8. Primary Stenting in Infrarenal Aortic Occlusive Disease

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    Nyman, Ulf; Uher, Petr; Lindh, Mats; Lindblad, Bengt; Ivancev, Krasnodar

    2000-03-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the results of primary stenting in aortic occlusive disease.Methods: Thirty patients underwent primary stenting of focal concentric (n = 2) and complex aortic stenoses (n = 19), and aortic or aorto-iliac occlusions (n = 9). Sixteen patients underwent endovascular outflow procedures, three of whom also had distal open surgical reconstructions. Median follow-up was 16 months (range 1-60 months).Results: Guidewire crossing of two aorto-biiliac occlusions failed, resulting in a 93% (28/30) technical success. Major complications included one access hematoma, one myocardial infarction, one death (recurrent thromboembolism) in a patient with widespread malignancy, and one fatal hemorrhage during thrombolysis of distal emboli from a recanalized occluded iliac artery. One patient did not improve his symptoms, resulting in a 1-month clinical success of 83% (25/30). Following restenting the 26 stented survivors changed their clinical limb status to +3 (n = 17) and +2 (n = 9). During follow-up one symptomatic aortic restenosis occurred and was successfully restented.Conclusions: Primary stenting of complex aortic stenoses and short occlusions is an attractive alternative to conventional surgery. Larger studies with longer follow-up and stratification of lesion morphology are warranted to define its role relative to balloon angioplasty. Stenting of aorto-biiliac occlusions is feasible but its role relative to bypass grafting remains to be defined.

  9. Dilatation of the bile and pancreatic ducts due to compression by an unruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA): a case ameliorated by an endovascular stent grafting.

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    Fukui, Toshiro; Suzuki, Ryo; Sakaguchi, Yutaku; Shibatani, Nobuyuki; Hachimine, Daisaku; Uchida, Kazushige; Nishio, Akiyoshi; Seki, Toshihito; Okazaki, Kazuichi

    2012-01-01

    An 88-year-old woman was referred to our hospital due to abdominal discomfort. Imaging modalities showed an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) compressing the duodenum, the distal common bile duct and the head of the pancreas concurrent with distension of the proximal bile and main pancreatic ducts in the body and tail of the pancreas. After admission, the patient underwent endovascular stent grafting to treat the AAA. The size of the aneurysm decreased and the dilatation of the bile and pancreatic ducts became less prominent. AAA should therefore be considered as a possible diagnosis in patients with findings of dilatation of the bile ducts in the absence of stones or tumors in the pancreaticobiliary system. This is the first reported case of a patient treated for both AAA and dilatation of the bile and pancreatic ducts with endovascular stent grafting via the femoral artery.

  10. Open stent grafting for complex diseases of the thoracic aorta: clinical utility.

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    Uchida, Naomichi

    2013-03-01

    Open stent grafting is an alternative treatment for extensive thoracic aortic replacement. However, this procedure is associated with a high incidence of spinal cord injury, which has limited its application. Multiple factors have been suggested to explain the risk of spinal cord injury, including deep delivery of the stent graft, history of operation of the downstream aorta, and postoperative low blood pressure. Cerebrospinal fluid drainage or a hybrid operation in combination with trans-femoral thoracic stent grafting is useful for preventing spinal cord injury. Open stent grafting remains an alternative treatment for atherosclerotic aneurysms with dilatation of the ascending aorta. Open stent grafting for acute aortic dissection is effective for remodeling of the false lumen. The graft diameter for aortic dissection should be 90 % of the total diameter of the aorta, and the distal landing zone should be limited to the T7 vertebral level to prevent new intimal tears or spinal cord injury. Open stent grafting seems a feasible bailout strategy for the treatment of retrograde aortic dissection after TEVAR for type B aortic dissection. Newly designed devices for open stent grafts include the Matsui-Kitamura stent graft or branched open stent graft, which is produced in Japan. The effectiveness of open stent grafting in the treatment of Marfan syndrome remains unclear. A commercially available device for open stent grafting would be desired in Japan. In conclusion, an open stent graft remains an alternative treatment for complex thoracic aortic pathologies.

  11. A critical appraisal of endovascular stent-grafts in the management of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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    Schoretsanitis, Nikolaos; Georgakarakos, Efstratios; Argyriou, Christos; Ktenidis, Kiriakos; Georgiadis, George S

    2017-04-01

    Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms has widely replaced the open surgical repair due to its minimal invasive nature and the accompanying lower perioperative mortality and morbidity. During the past two decades, certain improvements and developments have provided a wide variety of endograft structural designs and geometric patterns, enabling the physician to approach a more patient-specific treatment of AAA. This review presents the currently available aortic endografts and describes the clinical, technical and mechanical characteristics of them.

  12. Predictors of aortic growth in uncomplicated type B aortic dissection from the Acute Dissection Stent Grafting or Best Medical Treatment (ADSORB) database.

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    Kamman, Arnoud V; Brunkwall, Jan; Verhoeven, Eric L; Heijmen, Robin H; Trimarchi, Santi

    2017-04-01

    The high-risk patient cohort of uncomplicated type B aortic dissections (uTBADs) needs to be clarified. We compared uTBAD patients treated with best medical treatment (BMT), with and without aortic growth, from the Acute Dissection Stent Grafting or Best Medical Treatment (ADSORB) trial database. Furthermore, we looked for trends in outcome for aortic growth and remodeling after BMT and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and BMT (TEVAR+BMT). BMT patients with available baseline and a 1-year follow-up arterial computed tomography scan were identified. True lumen and false lumen diameter was assessed at baseline and at follow-up. Patients with false lumen growth (group I) and without false lumen growth (group II) were compared. Predictors of false lumen and total lumen (aortic) growth were identified. Lastly, BMT outcomes were compared with BMT+TEVAR for false lumen thrombosis and change in false lumen and total aortic diameter in four sections: 0 to 10 cm (A), 10 to 20 cm (B), 20 to 30 cm (C), and 30 to 40 cm (D) from the left subclavian artery. The dissection was significantly longer in group I than in group II (43.2 ± 4.9 cm vs 30.4 ± 8.8 cm; P = .002). The number of vessels originating from the false lumen at baseline was identified as an independent predictor of false lumen growth (odds ratio, 22.1; 95% confidence interval, 1.01-481.5; P = .049). Increasing age was a negative predictor of total aortic diameter growth (odds ratio, 0.902; 95% confidence interval, 0.813-1.00; P = .0502). The proximal sections A and B showed complete thrombosis in 80.6% in the BMT+TEVAR group compared with 9.5% in the BMT group. In these sections, changes from patent to partial or partial to complete thrombosis were observed in 90.3% of the TEVAR+BMT group vs 31.0% in the BMT group. In sections C and D, the change in thrombosis was 74.1% for the TEVAR+BMT group vs 20.6% for the BMT group. The false lumen diameter increase at section C was larger in the BMT

  13. Proximal aortic stent-graft displacement with type I endoleak due to Heimlich maneuver.

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    Lin, Peter H; Bush, Ruth L; Lumsden, Alan B

    2003-08-01

    The Heimlich maneuver has saved countless lives by relieving foreign body obstruction from the respiratory tract. Complications related to this life-saving technique, particularly involving the abdominal aorta, are extremely rare. We report the case of a patient who underwent successful endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, with AAA reduction at postoperative surveillance. Endograft displacement after performance of the Heimlich maneuver resulted in a proximal type I endoleak. This case underscores both the potential for aortic trauma from the Heimlich maneuver and the risk for clinical failure as a result of abdominal compression after successful endovascular AAA repair.

  14. Use of an ePTFE-covered nitinol self-expanding stent graft for the treatment off pre-closure device failure during transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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    Steinvil, Arie; Bernardo, Nelson; Rogers, Toby; Koifman, Edward; Buchanan, Kyle; Alraies, M Chadi; Shults, Christian; Torguson, Rebecca; Okubagzi, Petros G; Pichard, Augusto D; Satler, Lowell F; Ben-Dor, Itsik; Waksman, Ron

    2017-03-01

    Our aim was to describe our experience with the use of an ePTFE-covered nitinol self-expanding stent graft (GORE® VIABAHN® Endoprosthesis, Gore Medical, USA) placed in the common femoral artery for the treatment of suture-mediated pre-closure device failure following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Access site-related vascular complications (VC) following sheath removal related to pre-closure device failure during TAVR are common and treatment options may vary. We performed an observational study on a series of consecutive patients who underwent TAVR between 2013 and 2015. Included were 25 patients at a mean (±SD) age of 82±9. Failure of the closure device resulted in overt bleeding in 19 patients, dissection or no flow in 5 patients, and angiographic pseudoaneurysm in 1. Overall 29 stents were deployed with diameters ranging from 8 to 11mm and a length of 50mm (26, 90%). All stent-graft deployments achieved complete hemostasis of the arteriotomy site and resulted in normal flow to the distal vessels. None of the patients required open surgical repair. The mean hemoglobin drop was 2.6±1.3g/dl. Blood transfusions were used in 15 (60%) patients. Acute kidney injury occurred in 4 (16%) patients, none of whom was treated with dialysis. Length of hospital stay was 9±5days. All patients survived during a 30-day follow-up period, and none had VC related to the stented site. The use of an ePTFE-covered Nitinol self-expanding stent graft is a feasible, safe, and effective treatment modality for access site-related VC following TAVR. The use of an ePTFE-covered nitinol self-expanding stent graft placed in the common femoral artery for the treatment of suture-mediated pre-closure device failure following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is described in 25 patients. Its use was found to be feasible, safe, and an effective treatment modality for access site-related vascular complications following TAVR. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All

  15. Open versus endovascular stent graft repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms: an historical view.

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    Rutherford, Robert B

    2012-03-01

    Development of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysms repair (EVAR), now in its 4th decade, has involved at least 16 different devices, not counting major modifications of some, only 4 of which have emerged from clinical trials and gained US Food and Drug Administration approval. The main impetus behind EVAR has been its potential for significantly reducing procedural mortality and morbidity, but it was also expected to speed recovery and reduce costs through decreased use of hospital resources. At the outset, EVAR was touted as a better alternative to OPEN in high-risk patients with large abdominal aortic aneurysms, and to "watchful waiting" (periodic ultrasound surveillance) for those with small abdominal aortic aneurysms. This new technology has evoked a mixed response with enthusiasts and detractors debating its pros and cons. Bias and conflict of interest exist on both sides. This review will attempt to present a balanced review of the development and current status of this controversial competition between EVAR and OPEN, comparing them in terms of the following key considerations: mortality and morbidity, complications, failure modes and durability, and costs.

  16. Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair with Chimney and Snorkel Grafts: Indications, Techniques and Results

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    Patel, Rakesh P.; Katsargyris, Athanasios Verhoeven, Eric L. G.; Adam, Donald J.; Hardman, John A.

    2013-12-15

    The chimney technique in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (Ch-EVAR) involves placement of a stent or stent-graft parallel to the main aortic stent-graft to extend the proximal or distal sealing zone while maintaining side branch patency. Ch-EVAR can facilitate endovascular repair of juxtarenal and aortic arch pathology using available standard aortic stent-grafts, therefore, eliminating the manufacturing delays required for customised fenestrated and branched stent-grafts. Several case series have demonstrated the feasibility of Ch-EVAR both in acute and elective cases with good early results. This review discusses indications, technique, and the current available clinical data on Ch-EVAR.

  17. Endovascular Management of Chronic Type B Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm Utilizing Aortic and Renal Stents

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    Taylor, J. D. Dunckley, M.; Thompson, M.; Morgan, R. A.

    2008-07-15

    Over the last 10 years endovascular stent-graft placement has been increasingly used to treat complicated acute Type B thoracic aortic dissections. While studies have demonstrated the use of additional aortic stent-grafts to treat continued false lumen perfusion and case reports have detailed the use of renal artery stents to treat renal ischemia related to aortic dissection, to our knowledge the adjuvant use of renal artery stents to reduce false lumen perfusion has not been reported. We present the case of a 72-year-old male who had previously undergone endovascular repair of a complicated Type B thoracic aortic dissection and presented with an expanding false lumen in the peridiaphragmatic aorta despite coverage of the entire thoracic aorta. This was treated by closure of a right renal fenestration using a renal stent.

  18. Robot-Assisted Antegrade In-Situ Fenestrated Stent Grafting

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    Riga, Celia V. Bicknell, Colin D.; Wallace, Daniel; Hamady, Mohamad; Cheshire, Nicholas

    2009-05-15

    To determine the technical feasibility of a novel approach of in-situ fenestration of aortic stent grafts by using a remotely controlled robotic steerable catheter system in the porcine model. A 65-kg pig underwent robot-assisted bilateral antegrade in-situ renal fenestration of an abdominal aortic stent graft with subsequent successful deployment of a bare metal stent into the right renal artery. A 16-mm iliac extension covered stent served as the porcine aortic endograft. Under fluoroscopic guidance, the graft was punctured with a 20-G customized diathermy needle that was introduced and kept in place by the robotic arm. The needle was exchanged for a 4 x 20 mm cutting balloon before successful deployment of the renal stent. Robot-assisted antegrade in-situ fenestration is technically feasible in a large mammalian model. The robotic system enables precise manipulation, stable positioning, and minimum instrumentation of the aorta and its branches while minimizing radiation exposure.

  19. Bare Metal Stenting for Endovascular Exclusion of Aortic Arch Thrombi

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    Mahnken, Andreas H.; Hoffman, Andras; Autschbach, Ruediger; Damberg, Anneke L. M.

    2013-08-01

    BackgroundAortic thrombi in the ascending aorta or aortic arch are rare but are associated with a relevant risk of major stroke or distal embolization. Although stent grafting is commonly used as a treatment option in the descending aorta, only a few case reports discuss stenting of the aortic arch for the treatment of a thrombus. The use of bare metal stents in this setting has not yet been described.MethodsWe report two cases of ascending and aortic arch thrombus that were treated by covering the thrombus with an uncovered stent. Both procedures were performed under local anesthesia via a femoral approach. A femoral cutdown was used in one case, and a total percutaneous insertion was possible in the second case.ResultsBoth procedures were successfully performed without any periprocedural complications. Postoperative recovery was uneventful. In both cases, no late complications or recurrent embolization occurred at midterm follow-up, and control CT angiography at 1 respectively 10 months revealed no stent migration, freely perfused supra-aortic branches, and no thrombus recurrence.ConclusionTreating symptomatic thrombi in the ascending aorta or aortic arch with a bare metal stent is feasible. This technique could constitute a minimally invasive alternative to a surgical intervention or complex endovascular therapy with fenestrated or branched stent grafts.

  20. Percutaneous Treatment of an Infected Aneurysmal Sac Secondary to Aortoesophageal Fistula with a History of Stent-Graft Treatment for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

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    Numan, Furuzan Gulsen, Fatih; Cantasdemir, Murat; Solak, Serdar; Arbatli, Harun

    2012-06-15

    A 68-year-old man who was subjected to stent-grafting of a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) 4 months previously was admitted to our hospital with constitutional symptoms, including high fever, sweating, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and backache. An infected aneurysmal sac was suspected based on computed tomography (CT) findings, and an aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) was identified during esophagoscopy. CT-guided aspiration was performed using a 20-G Chiba needle, confirming the presence of infection. For treatment of the infected aneurysmal sac, CT-guided percutaneous catheter drainage in a prone position was performed under general anesthesia with left endobronchial intubation. Drainage catheter insertion was successfully performed using the Seldinger technique, which is not a standard treatment of an infected aneurysmal sac. Improvement in the patient's clinical condition was observed at follow-ups, and CT showed total regression of the collection in the aneurysmal sac.

  1. Comparison of the endurant bifurcated endograft vs. aortouni-iliac stent-grafting in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms: experience from the ENGAGE registry.

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    Tang, Tjun; Sadat, Umar; Walsh, Stewart; Hayes, Paul D

    2013-04-01

    To compare the 1-year outcomes after repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) with the bifurcated vs. aortouni-iliac (AUI) configuration of the Endurant stent-graft. The study population comprised 1172 patients (1053 men; mean age 73.1±8.1 years, range 43-93) with unruptured infrarenal AAAs treated as part of the Endurant Stent Graft Natural Selection Global Post-market Registry (ENGAGE; ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT00870051). The primary outcome measure was treatment success at 12 months, defined by the composite of successful endograft deployment and the absence of type I/III endoleak, migration, rupture, or conversion to open surgery. Secondary outcome measures included endoleak, graft patency, migration, secondary procedures, and all-cause mortality. Among 1172 patients in ENGAGE, 1089 (92.9%) were treated with a bifurcated device and 83 (7.1%) received an AUI with femorofemoral bypass. Both groups were comparable with regard to demographics and baseline comorbidities, with the exception of a higher rate of cardiopulmonary disease in the AUI group. Successful deployment was achieved in all patients in the both groups. Postoperative complications occurred more frequently in the AUI patients, and the AUI group had an increased length of hospital stay (p=0.01). Endoleaks were more frequent in the AUI group at the conclusion of the procedure, a difference that vanished by 30 days. At 1 year, there were no incidences of graft kinking or stent fracture in either group. The rate of secondary procedures (5.3% in AUI patients and 4.9% for bifurcated cases) and all-cause mortality (10.5% and 8.6%, respectively) were similar in the two groups at 30 days and 1 year. The results of endovascular aneurysm repair with an Endurant AUI device appear similar to that after a bifurcated endovascular repair, with the exception of an increased length of hospital stay in the AUI group. An AUI device should be considered as an option in patients with anatomy unsuitable for a

  2. Preprocedural planning for endovascular stent-graft placement.

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    Kicska, Gregory; Litt, Harold

    2009-03-01

    Endovascular stent grafts have become a viable treatment for aortic thoracic and abdominal aneurysms in both elective and emergent situations. Computed tomographic (CT) angiography is the primary tool for determining eligibility for this procedure. This article discuses the preprocedural evaluation of an endovascular stent candidate. Evaluation begins with identification of the aneurysm pathology and its relationship to treatment efficacy. The radiologist must evaluate the aneurysm geometry for compatibility with stent hardware. Aneurysm features that suggest a contraindication must be recognized. Procedures that involve a combination of endovascular stenting and surgical revascularization are discussed so that the reader understands the limits of stent eligibility. Vascular access for stent placement must also be evaluated for the ability to accommodate stent delivery. The radiologist also must be familiar with CT imaging protocols and alternative methods of imaging that can evaluate stent feasibility. The utility of three-dimensional processing is discussed.

  3. Billowing of Endologix Powerlink Stent Graft in Post Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Simultaneous Findings on CT and Ultrasound Imaging.

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    Helo, Naseem; Chang, Arthur C; Hyun, Christine; Chon, Kenneth S; Yi, Alex C

    2016-08-01

    Endoleaks remain a main concern in endovascular aneurysm repair. A potential false positive in the diagnosis of endoleak surveillance includes "billowing," a phenomenon of the polytetrafluoroethylene plastic outer fabric of the stent graft is seen separated from the struts of the metallic endoskeleton. Contrast presents beyond the endoskeleton but is still contained within the graft. This is secondary to intermittent attachment of the graft to the endoskeleton, and is only found in the Endologix Powerlink. The finding of billowing has been previously reported and is a common knowledge by those who deploy the stent graft. We report a case where there is contemporaneous imaging on computed tomography angiography as well as on ultrasound.

  4. 3D Stereoscopic Visualization of Fenestrated Stent Grafts

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    Sun Zhonghua; Squelch, Andrew; Bartlett, Andrew; Cunningham, Kylie; Lawrence-Brown, Michael

    2009-09-15

    The purpose of this study was to present a technique of stereoscopic visualization in the evaluation of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm treated with fenestrated stent grafts compared with conventional 2D visualizations. Two patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm undergoing fenestrated stent grafting were selected for inclusion in the study. Conventional 2D views including axial, multiplanar reformation, maximum-intensity projection, and volume rendering and 3D stereoscopic visualizations were assessed by two experienced reviewers independently with regard to the treatment outcomes of fenestrated repair. Interobserver agreement was assessed with Kendall's W statistic. Multiplanar reformation and maximum-intensity projection visualizations were scored the highest in the evaluation of parameters related to the fenestrated stent grafting, while 3D stereoscopic visualization was scored as valuable in the evaluation of appearance (any distortions) of the fenestrated stent. Volume rendering was found to play a limited role in the follow-up of fenestrated stent grafting. 3D stereoscopic visualization adds additional information that assists endovascular specialists to identify any distortions of the fenestrated stents when compared with 2D visualizations.

  5. Delayed endovascular treatment of descending aorta stent graft collapse in a patient treated for post- traumatic aortic rupture: a case report

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    2011-01-01

    Background We report a case of delayed endovascular correction of graft collapse occurred after emergent Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) for traumatic aortic isthmus rupture. Case presentation In 7th post-operative day after emergent TEVAR for traumatic aortic isthmus rupture (Gore TAG® 28-150), a partial collapse of the endoprosthesis at the descending tract occurred, with no signs of visceral ischemia. Considering patient's clinical conditions, the graft collapse wasn't treated at that time. When general conditions allowed reintervention, the patient refused any new treatment, so he was discharged. Four months later the patient complainted for severe gluteal and sural claudication, erectile disfunction and abdominal angina; endovascular correction was performed. At 18 months the graft was still patent. Discussion and Conclusion Graft collapse after TEVAR is a rare event, which should be detected and treated as soon as possible. Delayed correction of this complication can be lethal due to the risk of visceral ischemia and limbs loss. PMID:21609433

  6. Foam-rubber stents for skin grafts.

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    Larson, P O

    1990-09-01

    A variety of stents are used to immobilize skin grafts and to hold them firmly to the recipient site. Tie-down stents, the most common type, are constructed from bulky, sterile dressing and are overtied with suture material. These stents are often cumbersome to apply. As an alternative, stents made from foam-rubber pads (Reston, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN) were stapled over skin grafts. These stents could be applied quickly, and they maintain continuous, uniform pressure on the immobilized grafts.

  7. Preservation of hypogastric artery blood flow during endovascular aneurysm repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm with bilateral common and internal iliac artery involvement: utilization of off-the-shelf stent-graft components.

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    Riesenman, Paul J; Ricotta, Joseph J; Veeraswamy, Ravi K

    2012-01-01

    A 72-year-old male presented with a 7.4-cm abdominal aortic aneurysm with bilateral common and internal iliac involvement. To maintain pelvic perfusion, preservation of the patient's left hypogastric artery (HA) was pursued. Two weeks after right HA embolization, endovascular repair of the patient's aneurysms was performed using a branched endograft approach. A 22-mm main body bifurcated endograft was unsheathed and the proximal covered stent was removed. The contralateral gate was preloaded with a wire and catheter. The device was resheathed and placed in the left common iliac artery. The preloaded wire in the contralateral gate was snared from the right side, establishing through-and-through femoral access. A contralateral femoral sheath was advanced up and over the aortic bifurcation from the right side into the contralateral gate of the bifurcated endograft. The repair was bridged to the left HA using a balloon-expandable stent-graft, followed by standard endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Completion angiography demonstrated exclusion of patient's aneurysms, without evidence of endoleak, and maintenance of pelvic blood flow through the left HA. The patient recovered without complication and was discharged home on postoperative day 4. This technique illustrates the technical feasibility of using a preloaded commercially available endograft to preserve HA blood flow and maintain pelvic perfusion during endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. Copyright © 2012 Annals of Vascular Surgery Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. A Combination of Thoracic and Abdominal Stent-Grafts to Treat An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm with Hostile Proximal Neck.

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    Massara, Mafalda; Prunella, Roberto; Gerardi, Pasquale; De Caridi, Giovanni; Serra, Raffaele; Notarstefano, Stefano; Impedovo, Giovanni

    2017-02-01

    Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) actually represents the treatment of choice for most patients affected by abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). However, the feasibility of EVAR depends on anatomical characteristics of abdominal aorta and iliofemoral axis. We present the case of an 82-year-old man affected by severe left hydronephrosis, kidney tumor, and ureteral tumor requiring nephrectomy, who also presented a very voluminous AAA with a large diameter (96 mm), and a large proximal neck (39 mm) with severe angulation of the proximal neck (>60°). The patient was considered unfit for traditional EVAR and open surgery. Possible alternatives such as fenestrated endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and chimney technique were excluded; therefore he was treated combining Valiant Captivia endoprosthesis with the AFX unibody, with a good final result. However, this particular alternative adopted for hostile proximal neck needs long-term follow-up.

  9. Displacement Forces in Stent Grafts: Influence of Diameter Variation and Curvature Asymmetry.

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    Roos, H; Tokarev, M; Chernoray, V; Ghaffari, M; Falkenberg, M; Jeppsson, A; Nilsson, H

    2016-08-01

    Long-term durability after endovascular aortic repair is influenced by stent graft migration causing types I and III endoleaks. Flow induced displacement forces have been shown to have the potential to cause migration. In this study, the influence of the distal diameter of iliac limb stent grafts and the shape of graft curvature on flow induced displacement forces, were investigated. In an experimental pulsatile flow model mimicking aortic conditions in vivo, flow induced displacement forces at the proximal and distal ends of iliac limb stent grafts were studied at different angles (0-90°) and perfusion pressures (145/80, 170/90, 195/100 mmHg). Bell-bottomed, tapered, and non-tapered stent grafts and also asymmetric stent graft curvatures at 90° bend were studied. Measurements of graft movement were performed at all studied angulations and graft shapes. For all stent graft diameters, flow induced displacement forces increased with higher pressure and increased stent graft angulation. Forces in the bell-bottom graft were considerably higher than in tapered and non-tapered grafts, with a markedly elevated peak force at the distal end (proximal end, 2.3 ± 0.06 N and distal end, 6.9 ± 0.05 N compared with 1.7 ± 0.08 N and 1.6 ± 0.08 N in non-tapered grafts; p < .001 both). Peak forces in tapered and non-tapered grafts were not significantly different between the proximal and distal end. In asymmetric stent graft curvatures, a significant increase in displacement forces was observed in the attachment zone that was closest to the stent graft bend. Graft movement increased with greater displacement forces. Flow induced displacement forces in iliac limb stent grafts are significant and are influenced by distal stent graft diameter and the shape of the graft curvature. The displacement forces are particularly high at the large distal end of bell-bottom grafts. Wide iliac arteries treated with bell-bottom stent grafts may require more vigilant

  10. Hybrid antegrade repair of the arch and descending thoracic aorta with a new integrated stent-Dacron graft in acute type A aortic dissection: a look into the future with new devices.

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    Mestres, Carlos-A; Fernández, Claudio; Josa, Miguel; Mulet, Jaime

    2007-04-01

    A young male patient underwent supracoronary replacement of the ascending aorta for acute type A dissection under hypothermic circulatory arrest. After discharge, he was readmitted two weeks later due to severe aortic regurgitation and acute arch redissection. Under a second period of hypothermic circulatory arrest three weeks after the initial operation, radical treatment with aortic valve replacement, replacement of the ascending aorta and arch, together with antegrade deployment of a stent-graft in the true lumen for frozen elephant-trunk technique, were successfully performed. Computed tomography at four weeks showed complete proximal repair and thrombosis of the false lumen. Transesophageal echocardiography at eight weeks confirmed repair. The patient is currently leading an active life. A hybrid approach for complex cases of acute type A dissection with arch involvement can be considered for the future.

  11. Ten Years of Experience with the GORE EXCLUDER{sup Registered-Sign} Stent-Graft for the Treatment of Aortic and Iliac Aneurysms: Outcomes from a Single Center Study

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    Maleux, G. Claes, H.; Van Holsbeeck, A.; Janssen, R.; Laenen, A.; Heye, S.; Houthoofd, S.; Fourneau, I.

    2012-06-15

    Purpose: This study was designed to assess the long-term outcome of selected patients with aortic, aortoiliac, and isolated common iliac aneurysms treated with the GORE EXCLUDER{sup Registered-Sign} stent-graft. Methods: Between December 1998 and June 2010, 121 nonconsecutive patients underwent insertion of a GORE EXCLUDER{sup Registered-Sign} stent-graft to treat an aortic (n = 80; 66%), aortoiliac (n = 25; 21%), or isolated common iliac (n = 16; 13%) aneurysm. Procedural and follow-up data were collected prospectively. Primary endpoints are overall survival, intervention-free survival, and freedom from aneurysm rupture. Secondary endpoints are device- and procedure-related complications, including all types of endoleaks or endotension, and reintervention. Results: The mean follow-up is 4.98 years (standard deviation, 3.18; median follow-up, 4.05 years). The estimated percentage overall survival (with 95% confidence interval) after respectively 5 and 10 years of follow-up is 74.5% (65.8; 81.3) and 57.8% (47.7; 66.7). The estimated intervention-free survival after respectively 5 and 10 years is 90% (84.3; 96.1) and 77.7% (67; 88.4). There was no aneurysm rupture during follow-up. Early postoperative complications occurred in 16 patients (13%); none were fatal. Late reinterventions were performed in 18 patients (15%). Finally, throughout the follow-up period, endoleaks were identified: type I (n = 4; 3%); type II (n = 39; 32%); type III (n = 0; 0%); endotension was seen in 11 patients (9%). Conclusions: Aneurysm exclusion with use of the GORE EXCLUDER{sup Registered-Sign} stent-graft is durable through a mean follow-up of nearly 5 years. There was no postprocedural aneurysm rupture. Complications occurred throughout the follow-up period, requiring continued clinical and radiological surveillance.

  12. Pantaloon femoral vein graft as "neoaorta" in infected aortic disease.

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    Verma, Himanshu; Mohan, Satish; Tripathi, Ramesh K

    2015-10-01

    Infected abdominal aortic disease and graft infections pose a significant challenge for the vascular surgeon. Thorough radical débridement, either preceded by extra-anatomic bypass or followed by in situ aortic replacement, is the mainstay of treatment. The role of endovascular repair by stent grafts is being increasingly described but is limited to relatively less virulent mycotic aneurysms or as a "bridging" option in sick patients with florid sepsis that necessitates eventual delayed definitive surgical management. Autologous femoral vein has been an excellent conduit for aortic bifurcation reconstruction in this setting. Although various configurations of femoral vein conduit have been described for aortobi-iliac reconstruction, an in-depth knowledge of the venous anatomy, physiology, mechanisms of "profundization," and techniques of harvest and graft preparation is essential for efficient conduct of the operation and its optimal outcomes. We review in detail these aspects of "pantaloon" femoral vein graft creation as a "neoaorta".

  13. Open stent-grafting: aborted procedure in a patient with mega aorta syndrome.

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    Bashar, Abul Hasan Muhammad; Kazui, Teruhisa; Suzuki, Kazuchika; Terada, Hitoshi; Yamashita, Katsushi; Washiyama, Naoki

    2006-08-01

    Open stent-grafting is a recent technical modification of endoluminal stent-grafting, in which a stent-graft is inserted into the descending thoracic aorta through an opening in the aortic arch, to treat distal arch aneurysms or aortic dissection. Controversy remains as to whether patients with mega aorta syndrome, or those with very wide aneurysm necks, could be candidates for stent-graft treatment--open or endoluminal. We recently attempted open stent-grafting in a patient with mega aorta syndrome who had a distal aortic arch aneurysm. A previous attempt at surgical resection of the aneurysm through left thoracotomy ended in failure because of severe adhesion in the left lung. This time, we planned total arch replacement with open stent-graft exclusion of the aneurysm. However, open stent-grafting had to be abandoned intraoperatively due to technical difficulties as well as our lack of experience with such difficult cases. Conventional total arch replacement with elephant trunk was performed instead. Due to its deep location, the distal neck of the aneurysm could not be reached through median sternotomy and, therefore, the distal aortic anastomosis was performed within the aneurysm cavity. Thus, the distal portion of the aneurysm was not excluded from circulation. The future treatment plan in the present case is further complicated by the fact that a second-stage surgery through left thoracotomy will not be possible. Conventional total arch replacement proved rather inappropriate as a treatment strategy in the present case. Open stent-grafting might have been a more useful approach is spite of the challenges posed by the aneurysm. There needs to be a consensus as to whether patients with mega aorta syndrome or those with very wide aneurysm necks could be candidates for stent-graft treatment--open or endoluminal in difficult circumstances.

  14. Iatrogenic Subclavian Artery Perforation Rescued by Operator-Modified Graft Stent

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    Lai, Chih-Hung; Tsai, Chung-Lin; Chang, Wei-Chun; Su, Chieh-Shou

    2017-01-01

    Subclavian artery (SCA) perforation is a rare complication while performing SCA intervention. In our present report, a 73-year-old female, with stenosis of the left SCA and situs inversus, presented with exercise-induced left arm weakness. The SCA stenosis was treated with direct stenting with a balloon-expansible Express LD 10×25 mm stent. However, it caused iatrogenic SCA perforation and hemothorax. The perforation was sealed by endovascular repair with operator-modified Endurant II graft stent, which complicated with occlusion of left common carotid artery. And, the carotid artery was rescued by another stent. The graft stent, which was originally designed for abdominal aortic aneurysm, can be modified to suitable length and take as a rescue stent of large vessel with iatrogenic perforation. Due to strong radial force of graft stent, preservation of large side branches should been watched out. PMID:28120581

  15. Stent graft for nephrologists: concerns and consensus.

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    Salman, Loay; Asif, Arif

    2010-07-01

    The role of the stent graft is emerging in the management of arteriovenous dialysis access. Physicians are incorporating this device in the management of three distinct problems--vein-graft anastomotic stenosis, pseudoaneurysm formation, and cephalic arch stenosis--with varying degrees of success. Indeed, a recent randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the role of angioplasty plus stent graft versus angioplasty alone for the management of stenosis at the vein-graft anastomosis led to the approval of the stent graft by the Food and Drug Administration; however, several elements of the management of stenosis at the vein-graft anastomosis/cephalic arch as well as the repair of pseudoaneurysms by stent graft remain controversial. The situation is further complicated and warrants a cost-to-benefit ratio analysis when the added cost of the device is appended to the procedure. In contrast to the controversies, angioplasty-induced complete vascular rupture is one situation in which a stent graft is indicated beyond any doubt. With recent conditional Food and Drug Administration approval, it is anticipated that the use of stent grafts might increase in our patients. In this context, it is critically important that nephrologists be familiar with the current controversies and consensus that surround the use of stent grafts for dialysis access. Just as therapeutic interventions are analyzed in other disciplines within nephrology, these experts must appraise the use of this device for dialysis access. This report presents an up-to-date synopsis on the use of the stent graft that would assist renal physicians in requesting or rejecting the device for the optimal management of their patient's vascular access dysfunction.

  16. Validation of an image registration and segmentation method to measure stent graft motion on ECG-gated CT using a physical dynamic stent graft model

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    Koenrades, Maaike A.; Struijs, Ella M.; Klein, Almar; Kuipers, Henny; Geelkerken, Robert H.; Slump, Cornelis H.

    2017-03-01

    The application of endovascular aortic aneurysm repair has expanded over the last decade. However, the long-term performance of stent grafts, in particular durable fixation and sealing to the aortic wall, remains the main concern of this treatment. The sealing and fixation are challenged at every heartbeat due to downward and radial pulsatile forces. Yet knowledge on cardiac-induced dynamics of implanted stent grafts is sparse, as it is not measured in routine clinical follow-up. Such knowledge is particularly relevant to perform fatigue tests, to predict failure in the individual patient and to improve stent graft designs. Using a physical dynamic stent graft model in an anthropomorphic phantom, we have evaluated the performance of our previously proposed segmentation and registration algorithm to detect periodic motion of stent grafts on ECG-gated (3D+t) CT data. Abdominal aortic motion profiles were simulated in two series of Gaussian based patterns with different amplitudes and frequencies. Experiments were performed on a 64-slice CT scanner with a helical scan protocol and retrospective gating. Motion patterns as estimated by our algorithm were compared to motion patterns obtained from optical camera recordings of the physical stent graft model in motion. Absolute errors of the patterns' amplitude were smaller than 0.28 mm. Even the motion pattern with an amplitude of 0.23 mm was measured, although the amplitude of motion was overestimated by the algorithm with 43%. We conclude that the algorithm performs well for measurement of stent graft motion in the mm and sub-mm range. This ultimately is expected to aid in patient-specific risk assessment and improving stent graft designs.

  17. Inadvertent transarterial lead placement in the left ventricle and aortic cusp: percutaneous lead removal with carotid embolic protection and stent graft placement.

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    Kosmidou, Ioanna; Karmpaliotis, Dimitri; Kandzari, David E; Dan, Dan

    2012-11-01

    Transarterial lead implantation in the left ventricle or aorta is a rare complication. Percutaneous lead removal is associated with significant thromboembolic and bleeding risk. We present two cases of lead removal from the left ventricle via the left subclavian artery with concurrent carotid embolic protection followed by stent graft placement in the subclavian artery. Patient 1 underwent prior pacemaker implant with atrial and ventricular active fixation leads positioned in the right coronary cusp and the left ventricle, respectively. Patient 2 had prior ICD implant with a single active fixation lead positioned in the left ventricular apex. Lead removal was performed in a hybrid operating room. Distal embolic filter wires were deployed in the carotid arteries following anticoagulation. Intravascular ultrasound of the left subclavian artery was performed and as the leads were withdrawn, a covered stent was deployed at the removal site. Final angiography demonstrated no evidence of embolic phenomena. Both patients underwent transvenous lead implantation followed by an uneventful postoperative clinical course. Transarterial percutaneous lead removal may be safely performed using embolic filter protection of the cerebral circulation and stent graft placement of the arterial entry site.

  18. The use of a self-expandable stent with a self-expandable stent graft in a Fontan baffle.

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    Choi, Eun Young; Lee, Kyung Suk; Song, Jin-young

    2013-02-01

    Intravascular or intracardiac stenosis occurs in various congenital heart diseases or after surgical repair. Although balloon angioplasty is the first option for relieving stenosis, frequently restenosis occurs because of elastic recoil or kingking component. The use of a self-expandable stent and covered stent in congenital heart disease has been reported for selected cases. In general, they have been performed for coarctation of the aorta or aortic aneurysm. We now report successful implantation of a self-expandable stent with a self-expandable covered stent graft in a case of lateral tunnel dehiscence with stenosis after a Fontan operation.

  19. Clinical Outcomes of Spinal Cord Ischemia after Fenestrated and Branched Endovascular Stent Grafting during Total Endovascular Aortic Repair for Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms.

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    Baba, Takeshi; Ohki, Takao; Kanaoka, Yuji; Maeda, Koji; Ohta, Hiroki; Fukushima, Soichirou; Toya, Naoki; Hara, Masayuki

    2017-10-01

    In this single-center study, we assessed the clinical outcomes of fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (f-EVAR) and branched EVAR on morbidity and mortality during total endovascular aortic repair for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs). Between July 2006 and June 2015, elective f-EVAR and multibranched EVAR (t-Branch) for TAAAs were performed in 99 patients at our institution (Crawford classification types I [7], II [13], III [6], IV [55], and V [18]). We retrospectively analyzed 44 patients, excluding those with Crawford type IV TAAAs, and compared 30 patients treated with f-EVAR and 14 treated with t-Branch. Multivariate analysis was performed to determine the factors associated with perioperative spinal cord ischemia (SCI). Technical success was 96.7% with f-EVAR and 100% with t-Branch, and the 30-day mortality rate was 3.3% with f-EVAR and 7.1% with t-Branch (P = 0.646). The incidences of perioperative SCI were higher with t-Branch (n = 5, 35.7%) than those with f-EVAR (n = 2, 6.7%; P = 0.04). Endoleaks were more prevalent with f-EVAR (n = 9, 30.0%) than with t-Branch (n = 1, 7.1%; P = 0.046). Rates of freedom from aneurysm-related death after 1 year for f-EVAR and t-Branch were 96.7 and 92.9%, respectively, and those after 3 years were 88.8 and 92.9% (P = 0.982), respectively. The risk of SCI remarkably increased in the presence of risk factors such as procedure (t-Branch), maximum short axis of ≥65 mm, coverage length of ≥360 mm, internal iliac artery occlusion, and ≥ 5 sacrificed intercostal arteries. Our initial to mid-term results of f-EVAR and t-Branch were good with low rates of perioperative mortality and high rates of freedom from aneurysm-related death. SCI incidence with t-Branch was significantly high; it is important to develop additional SCI prevention methods for patients with high-risk factors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Peripheral Stent Placement in Hemodialysis Grafts

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    Kariya, Shuji Tanigawa, Noboru; Kojima, Hiroyuki; Komemushi, Atsushi; Shomura, Yuzo; Shiraishi, Tomokuni; Kawanaka, Toshiaki; Sawada, Satoshi

    2009-09-15

    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of peripheral stent placement after failed balloon angioplasty in patients with grafts who are on hemodialysis. We examined 30 Wallstents that were placed in 26 patients because balloon angioplasty failed or early restenosis (<3 months) occurred within 3 months. We retrospectively reviewed 267 consecutive balloon angioplasties performed in 71 patients with graft access between August 2000 and March 2007. Stent placements accounted for 30 (11.2%) of the 267 balloon angioplasties. The clinical success rate of stent placement was 93.3% (28 of 30 stent placements). The 3-, 6-, and 12-month primary patency rates were 73.3%, 39.3%, and 17.7%, respectively. The 1-, 2-, and 3-year secondary patency rates were 90.2%, 83.8%, and 83.8%, respectively. Primary patency was significantly prolonged by stent placement after early restenosis compared with previous balloon angioplasty alone (P = 0.0059). Primary patency after stent placement was significantly lower than after successful balloon angioplasty without indications for stent placement (P = 0.0279). Secondary patency rates did not significantly differ between stent placement and balloon angioplasty alone. The mean number of reinterventions required to maintain secondary patency after stent placement was significantly larger than that after balloon angioplasty alone (Mann-Whitney U test, P = 0.0419). We concluded that peripheral stent placement for graft access is effective for salvaging vascular access after failed balloon angioplasty and for prolonging patency in early restenosis after balloon angioplasty. However, reinterventions are required to maintain secondary patency after stent placement. Furthermore, peripheral stent placement for graft access cannot achieve the same primary patency as balloon angioplasty alone.

  1. Antibiotics and Drainage for Treating Stent-Graft Infection after EVAR

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    Fujii, Takeshiro; Watanabe, Yoshinori; Koyama, Nobuya; Tokuhiro, Keiichi

    2012-01-01

    The patient was a 64-year-old man. He developed fever and lumbago 6 months after the EVAR. Because CT showed an abscess in the aortic aneurysm surrounding the stent graft, stent-graft infection was diagnosed, and treatment with intravenous antibiotics was initiated. However, the fever and inflammatory markers persisted; therefore, CT-guided drainage catheter placement was performed. After all the pus had been discharged, the fever subsided, and the inflammatory reaction was also suppressed. One year has elapsed since the treatment, and the patient continues to visit with no complaints. We report that stent-graft infection was relieved with antibiotics and drainage. PMID:23641272

  2. A retrievable rescue stent graft and radiofrequency positioning for rapid control of noncompressible hemorrhage.

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    Chun, Youngjae; Cho, Sung Kwon; Clark, William C; Wagner, William R; Gu, Xinzhu; Tevar, Amit D; McEnaney, Ryan M; Tillman, Bryan W

    2017-08-01

    Noncompressible hemorrhage of the torso remains a challenging surgical dilemma. Stent graft repair requires endovascular expertise, imaging, and inventory that are not available within the critical window of massive hemorrhage. We developed a retrievable stent graft for rapid hemorrhage. We further investigated a radiofrequency (RF) positioning approach as a possible alternative to the logistics of fluoroscopy. A retrievable stent graft was constructed with a novel "petal and stem" design from nitinol and covered with a sleeve of electrospun polyurethane. The stent graft was tested using an in vitro model of simulated hemorrhage. Next, the stent graft was examined in vivo using a porcine model of noncompressible hemorrhage. The stent was examined for hemorrhage control in a porcine model of either aortic or caval injury. An RF reader was assembled from an Arduino processor while RF tags were affixed to the ends of the stent graft. Detection accuracy of a handheld RF wand for an RF tag was quantified both in vitro and through tissue. The retrievable RESCUEstent graft was deployed within minutes and rapidly controlled traumatic hemorrhage angiographically in both aortic injury (n = 3) and caval injury (n = 2). Stent grafts were easily recaptured in both models in under 15 seconds. The LED light of a handheld RF detector illuminated when positioned directly over an RF tag. The RF detection approach revealed positioning accuracy to within 1 cm of the intended target, despite tissue interference. This study demonstrates the rapid deployment and retrieval of a RESCUE stent graft as well as the ability to tamponade injuries of the aorta and cava. In addition, this study demonstrates the feasibility of RF tags to guide stent placement through tissue. More rigorous models are needed to define the effectiveness of this approach in the setting of vascular injury and shock.

  3. Intraaortic Stabilization of the AneuRx Stent-Graft System: A Useful Adjunct to Minimize Device Migration

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    Lin, Peter H.; Martin, Lou; Matsuura, John H.; Wellons, Eric; Bush, Ruth L.; Terramani, Thomas T.; Chen Changyi; Lumsden, Alan B.

    2003-02-15

    The deployment of a Medtronic AneuRx stent-graft system for endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair requires a series of precise maneuvers that include positioning the primary delivery catheter in the infrarenal aorta, retracting the graft-covering sheath, and withdrawing the stainless steel runners. The last step allows the stent-graft to fully expand and attach to the non-aneurysmal aorta and iliac arteries. Such maneuvers may cause the stent-graft to move caudally if the device is placed in a severely angulated aortic neck. We describe a simple, coaxial, stabilization technique utilizing the contralateral introducer sheath which minimizes potential caudal migration of the stent-graft in angulated aortic necks during runner withdrawal.

  4. Development of an in vitro porcine aorta model to study the stability of stent grafts in motor vehicle accidents.

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    Darvish, Kurosh; Shafieian, Mehdi; Romanov, Vasily; Rotella, Vittorio; Salvatore, Michael D; Blebea, John

    2009-04-01

    Endovascular stent grafts for the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms have become increasingly utilized and yet their locational stability in moderate chest trauma is unknown. A high speed impact system was developed to study the stability of aortic endovascular stent grafts in vitro. A straight segment of porcine descending aorta with stent graft was constrained in a custom-made transparent urethane casing. The specimen was tested in a novel impact system at an anterior inclination of 45 deg and an average deceleration of 55 G, which represented a frontal automobile crash. Due to the shock of the impact, which was shown to be below the threshold of aortic injury, the stent graft moved 0.6 mm longitudinally. This result was repeatable. The presented experimental model may be helpful in developing future grafts to withstand moderate shocks experienced in motor vehicle accidents or other dynamic loadings of the chest.

  5. Acquired aortic atresia: Catheter therapy using covered stents.

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    Momenah, Tarek S; Khan, Muhammad A; Qureshi, Shakeel; Hijazi, Ziyad M

    2015-11-15

    To maintain aortic continuity, aortic arch interruption is usually treated surgically. We present our experience of aortic arch reconstruction using percutaneous implantation of covered stents and mid-term follow-up. To describe the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness using percutaneous placement of covered stents for functional aortic atresia and mid-term follow-up. Nine patients (7 males), mean age of 30.8 ±16.2 years (range 13-58 years) and mean body weight of 65.7± 14.9 kg (range 52-95 kg), were investigated for systemic hypertension and found to have functional aortic interruption. All were treated with percutaneous perforation, combined with balloon dilation and implantation of covered stents. After stent implantation, control angiograms were performed. All the patients had functional aortic interruption and continuity was established by perforating the atretic segment with trans-septal Brockenbrough needle or the stiff end of a guide wire. A covered Cheatham-Platinum CP stent was used to establish the luminal continuity of the aortic arch. Angiograms after stent deployment showed good forward flow through the stent and hemodynamic assessment revealed minimal gradients across the stent. The mean invasive descending aortic systolic blood pressure before stenting was 86.6 ± 14.3 mm Hg, which increased to 116.5 ± 16.3 mm Hg, after stenting (P = 0.004). The mean invasive descending aortic diastolic blood pressure before stenting was 63.6 ± 8.1 mm Hg, which increased to 79.7 ± 13.3 mm Hg after stenting (P = 0.002). Percutaneous treatment of functional aortic atresia with covered stents is feasible, safe, and effective alternative to surgery with excellent short- and mid-term results. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Pivotal results for the Medtronic Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft System in the VALOR II trial.

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    Fairman, Ronald M; Tuchek, J Michael; Lee, W Anthony; Kasirajan, Karthikeshwar; White, Rodney; Mehta, Manish; Lyden, Sean; Mukherjee, Dipankar; Bavaria, Joseph

    2012-11-01

    We report 30-day and 12-month results of endovascular treatment with the Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft System (Medtronic Vascular, Santa Rosa, Calif) in patients with descending thoracic aortic aneurysms of degenerative etiology. The Valiant stent graft is an evolution of the Talent thoracic stent graft (Medtronic Vascular). The VALOR II (Evaluation of the Clinical Performance of the Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft System in the Treatment of Descending Thoracic Aneurysms of Degenerative Etiology in Subjects Who Are Candidates for Endovascular Repair) was a prospective, nonrandomized, pivotal trial conducted at 24 U.S. sites with enrollment between December 2006 and September 2009. Standard follow-up examinations, including physical examination, computed tomography, and chest radiography, were at 1, 6, and 12 months, and annually through 5 years. VALOR II outcomes were compared with those from the pivotal VALOR (Evaluation of the Medtronic Vascular Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System for the Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms) trial of the Talent stent graft, which enrolled 195 patients with similar enrollment criteria. VALOR II enrolled 160 patients. Compared with VALOR patients, VALOR II patients had similar age and sex distribution but higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors and significantly more severe modified Society for Vascular Surgery/American Association for Vascular Surgery risk scores. Stent graft delivery and deployment were successful in 154 patients (96.3%). Outcomes at 30 days in VALOR II were perioperative mortality, 3.1%; major adverse events, 38.1%; paraplegia, 0.6%; paraparesis, 1.9%; and stroke, 2.5%. At 12 months, after the minimum sample size was reached, 151 patients were evaluated: aneurysm-related mortality was 4.0%, stent graft migration was 2.9%, and endoleak was 13.0%. Through 12 months, there were no ruptures, conversions to open surgery, secondary procedures due to endoleak >30 days, or loss of stent graft patency. The Valiant

  7. Assessment of Competence in EVAR Stent Graft Sizing and Selection.

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    Strøm, M; Lönn, L; Bech, B; Schroeder, T V; Konge, L

    2017-06-01

    The aims of this study were to develop a test of competence in endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) stent graft sizing and selection; to examine the test for evidence of validity; and to explore the experience required for the task. The test was developed based on a literature review resulting in 22 anatomical assessment points and a graft selection. Validity evidence was explored in an international cross sectional study. Twenty-two consultants with varying levels of experience in the field (novices, intermediates, and experts) were presented with computed tomography angiography of the aortic vessels from three patients. Test scores were based on summed z-scores using the anatomical measurements and graft choices of the experts as a reference. A proficiency score was established using the contrasting groups standard setting method. The assessment was shown to be reliable with an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.83 (p<.001) and high internal consistency with a Cronbach's α of .91 (p<.001). Mann-Whitney U test showed that experts performed significantly better than novices and intermediates (p<.002 and p<.005, respectively). Regarding anatomical measurements, Mann-Whitney U test could discriminate between experts and novices (p=.002), between experts and intermediates (p=.010), and between novices and intermediates (p=.036). In stent selection the experts performed significantly better than both the novices and the intermediates (p=.002 and p=.007, respectively), while there was no significant difference between the two non-expert groups (p=1). A credible passing standard with appropriate consequences was established using the contrasting groups methods. This study presents a standardised and objective assessment tool of competence in vessel analysis and stent graft selection for endovascular aortic repair. This was supported by strong validity evidence with good internal consistency and discriminatory ability. The tool may be used to facilitate training and

  8. Endovascular Stent-Graft Applications in Iatrogenic Vascular Injuries

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    Baltacioglu, Feyyaz Cimit, N. Cagatay; Cil, Barbaros; Cekirge, Saruhan; Ispir, Selim

    2003-09-15

    Purpose: To report the results of covered stent applications in iatrogenic vascular injuries. Methods: We report 17 patients (11 men, 6 women; age range 20-59 years, mean age 40 years) who underwent repair of differentiatrogenic vascular lesions by means of endovascular covered stents.The patient population consisted of 8 femoral arteriovenous fistulae, 4 common femoral artery pseudoaneurysms, 1 subclavian artery pseudoaneurysm, 1 abdominal aortic aneurysm, 1 iliac artery perforation, 2 porto-biliary fistulae that developed during TIPS procedure. Balloon-expandable stent-grafts were used in all patients except one. Control studies were performed with angiography. Results: Technical success was achieved in all 17 patients.The mean clinical follow-up period for all 17 patients was 8 months.There were no signs of stent migration or leaks in the control studies.Only one patient developed a hemodynamically insignificant stenosis at the proximal end of the stent. There have been no stent deformations or related complications during the follow-up period. Conclusion: Our short-term results suggest that endovascular treatment is a low-risk procedure and appears less invasive than surgery for the treatment of different types of iatrogenic vascular injuries. Intermediate and long-term results are not available.

  9. Treatment of Secondary Stent-Graft Collapse After Endovascular Stent-Grafting for Iliac Artery Pseudoaneurysms

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    Clevert, D.-A. Stickel, M.; Steitz, H.-O.; Kopp, R.; Strautz, T.; Flach, P.; Johnson, T.; Jung, E.M.; Jauch, K.W.; Reiser, M.

    2007-02-15

    We report the case of a patient who developed an asymptomatic pseudoaneurysm in the left external iliac artery after transplant nephrectomy. The pseudoaneurysm most probably arose as a suture aneurysm from the external iliac artery after removal of the graft renal artery. Obviously we can not exclude the possibility it was a true aneurysm, although this seems much less likely. The pseudoaneurysm was detected during a routine CT scan and was treated interventionally with a stent-graft. One month later the asymptomatic patient underwent a vascular ultrasound examination including color Doppler, power Doppler, and B-flow as a routine control. An endoleak with collapse of the stent-graft was diagnosed. There was no evidence of stent infection. At a reintervention, the pseudoaneurysm was successfully treated using two uncovered Palmaz stents at the proximal and distal edge of the stent graft. Peri- and post-interventional ultrasound and CT angiography confirmed the exclusion of the aneurysm without an endoleak.

  10. Dacron Graft Aneurysm Treated by Endovascular Stent-Graft

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    Ofer, Amos; Nitecki, Samy; Hoffman, Aaron; Engel, Ahuva

    2001-01-15

    A 72-year old man who underwent aorto-bifemoral bypass with insertion of a Dacron graft 18 years previously presented with an aneurysm in the left limb of his graft. Angiography also demonstrated a bilateral occlusion of the popliteal arteries. Computed tomography (CT) angiography was performed and showed a localized dilation of 3 cm in the left limb of the graft, which had a diameter of 14 mm throughout. In view of the technical difficulties of a surgical procedure, an endovascular stent was considered. Through a left femoral arteriotomy, a stent graft was inserted and deployed in the left limb of the graft. This resulted in total exclusion of the Dacron graft aneurysm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of such a procedure.

  11. Hemodynamic analysis of edge stenosis in peripheral artery stent grafts.

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    Al-Hakim, R; Lee, E W; Kee, S T; Seals, K; Varghese, B; Chien, A; Quirk, M; McWilliams, J

    2017-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to characterize the hemodynamics of peripheral artery stent grafts to guide intelligent stent redesign. Two surgically explanted porcine arteries were mounted in an ex vivo system with subsequent deployment of an Xpert self-expanding nitinol stent or Viabahn stent graft. The arteries were casted with radiopaque resin, and the cast then scanned using micro-computed tomography at 8μm isotropic voxel resolution. The arterial lumen was segmented and a computational mesh grid surface generated. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis was subsequently performed using COMSOL Multiphysics 5.1. CFD analysis demonstrated low endothelial shear stress (ESS) involving 9.4 and 63.6% surface area of the central stent graft and bare metal stent, respectively. Recirculation zones were identified adjacent to the bare metal stent struts, while none were identified in the central stent graft. However, the stent graft demonstrated malapposition of the proximal stent graft edge with low velocity flow between the PTFE lining and arterial wall, which was associated with longitudinally and radially oriented recirculation zones and low ESS. Computational hemodynamic analysis demonstrates that peripheral artery stent grafts have a superior central hemodynamic profile compared to bare metal stents. Stents grafts, however, suffer from malapposition at the proximal stent edge which is likely a major contributor to edge stenosis. Copyright © 2017 Editions françaises de radiologie. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Neoaortic Xenoprosthetic Grafts for Treatment of Mycotic Aneurysms and Infected Aortic Grafts.

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    Anibueze, Chukwudubem; Sankaran, Visesh; Sadat, Umar; Tan, Kelvin; Wilson, Yvonne G; Brightwell, Robert E; Delbridge, Michael S; Stather, Philip W

    2017-10-01

    There is no international consensus regarding the optimum management of infected aortae (mycotic aneurysms, infected aortic grafts). Neoaortoiliac reconstruction has advantages over extra-anatomical bypass grafting; however, the use of autologous vein is associated with venous hypertension and compartment syndrome, alternatively cadaveric homografts are associated with high rates of perianastomotic hemorrhage, limb occlusion, and pseudoaneurysm. Arterial repair using xenoprosthetic patches is associated with lower infection rates compared to the use of prosthetic material. The aim of this case series and literature review is to report the use of xenoprosthetic bovine biomaterial for neoaortic repair of mycotic aneurysmal disease and infected aortic grafts. Patients with evidence of infected aortic grafts or mycotic aneurysms who were suitable for open aortic surgery were included. Following removal of the graft/excision of the aneurysmal sac, a 10 × 16 cm XenoSure Biologic Surgical Patch (LeMaitre, Germany) was rolled into a tube, or bifurcated tube graft, and secured with prolene sutures. Proximal and distal anastomoses were conducted as per standard aortic anastomoses. Patients were continued on long-term antibiotics and surveyed with computerized tomography at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Six patients underwent bovine aortic repair between 2013 and 2015: an infected Dacron aortobi-iliac graft causing iliac pseudoaneurysm, an infected Dacron aortic graft from open repair later relined with endovascular stent graft, a mycotic iliac aneurysm, and 3 mycotic aortic aneurysms. All were treated with bovine reconstructed aortic grafts or patches. Patients had a median age of 69.5 years (range 67-75), with perioperative and 30-day mortality of 0%. Median follow-up was 13 months (range 2-23). Postoperative contrast-enhanced computed tomography revealed no evidence of infection at the operative site in all patients. Freedom from reinfection and reintervention was 100

  13. Endovascular Repair of Acute Symptomatic Pararenal Aortic Aneurysm With Three Chimney and One Periscope Graft for Complete Visceral Artery Revascularization

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    Brechtel, Klaus Ketelsen, Dominik; Endisch, Andrea; Heller, Stephan; Heuschmid, Martin; Stock, Ulrich A.; Kalender, Guenay

    2012-04-15

    PurposeTo describe a modified endovascular technique for complete revascularization of visceral and renal arteries in symptomatic pararenal aortic aneurysm (PRAA).TechniqueArterial access was surgically established in both common femoral arteries (CFAs) and the left subclavian artery (LSA). Revascularization of the left renal artery, the celiac trunk, and the superior mesenteric artery was performed through one single sheath via the LSA. Suitable covered stents were put in the aortic branches but not deployed. The right renal artery was accessed over the left CFA. Due to the longitudinal extension of the presented aneurysm two stent-grafts were introduced via the right CFA. After deploying the aortic stent-grafts, all covered stents in the side branches were deployed consecutively with a minimum overlap of 5 mm over the cranial and caudal stent-graft edges. Simultaneous ballooning was performed to fully expand all stent-grafts and warranty patency. Conclusion: This is the first report in the literature of chimney grafting in PRAA for complete revascularization of visceral and renal branches by using more than two covered stents introduced from one side through one single sheath. However this technique is modified, it should be used only in bailout situations when branched stent-grafts are not available and/or surgery is not suitable.

  14. External-to-Internal Iliac Stent-Graft: Medium-Term Patency Following Exclusion of a Retrogradely Perfused Common Iliac Aneurysm

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    Nicholls, Marcus John; McPherson, Simon

    2010-08-15

    Following complicated aortic aneurysm surgery a complete left iliac occlusion resulted in buttock claudication. A retrogradely perfused right common iliac aneurysm expanded. Exclusion was by external-to-internal iliac stent-graft. No deterioration in claudication occurred with medium-term stent-graft patency.

  15. Evidence suggests rigid aortic grafts increase systolic blood pressure: results of a preliminary study.

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    O'Brien, T; Morris, L; McGloughlin, T

    2008-01-01

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a serious complication of the aorta and is treated using vascular bypass grafts. Two main classes of graft are available to treat AAA; grafts implanted by open surgery and stent-grafts implanted using minimally invasive endovascular techniques. Both classes of graft consist of an aortic section which bifurcates into two iliac sections. It has been hypothesized that implantation of aortic grafts and stent-grafts serve to significantly increase abdominal aortic pressures. In this study, an open-loop computer-controlled pumping system was built to produce physiologically realistic pressure and flow-rates. Models of a compliant abdominal aortic aneurysm, a compliant walled graft and a tapered graft were manufactured using an injection moulding technique and fused deposition modelling was used to create a rigid walled graft. A specific transient flow-rate waveform was then applied at the inlet of each model and the resulting pressure waveforms 30 mm upstream from the bifurcation was recorded. Peak pressure measurements were recorded over the course of the pulse for each model. The compliant aneurysm model was found to have a systolic pressure of 107 mmHg while the complaint graft model was 153 mmHg. The rigid graft model had a peak systolic pressure of 199 mmHg. In the tapered graft, the peak pressure dropped to 142 mmHg. The data suggests that implanting a graft model in place of an aneurysm model in an in vitro flow circuit can increase the pressures recorded upstream from the iliac bifurcation and that tapered grafts may alleviate this problem.

  16. The Effects of Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps on Mortality in Patients Undergoing High-Risk Coronary Revascularization: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and Stenting Era

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    Wan, You-Dong; Sun, Tong-Wen; Kan, Quan-Cheng; Guan, Fang-Xia; Liu, Zi-Qi; Zhang, Shu-Guang

    2016-01-01

    Background Intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) have generally been used for patients undergoing high-risk mechanical coronary revascularization. However, there is still insufficient evidence to determine whether they can improve outcomes in reperfusion therapy patients, mainly by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). This study was designed to determine the difference between high-risk mechanical coronary revascularization with and without IABPs on mortality, by performing a meta-analysis on randomized controlled trials of the current era. Methods Pubmed and Embase databases were searched from inception to May 2015. Unpublished data were obtained from the investigators. Randomized clinical trials of IABP and non-IABP in high-risk coronary revascularization procedures (PCI or CABG) were included. In the case of PCI procedures, stents should be used in more than 80% of patients. Numbers of events at the short-term and long-term follow-up were extracted. Results A total of 12 randomized trials enrolling 2155 patients were included. IABPs did not significantly decrease short-term mortality (relative risk (RR) 0.66; 95% CI, 0.42–1.01), or long-term mortality (RR 0.79; 95% CI, 0.47–1.35), with low heterogeneity across the studies. The findings remained stable in patients with acute myocardial infarction with or without cardiogenic shock. But in high-risk CABG patients, IABP was associated with reduced mortality (71 events in 846 patients; RR 0.40; 95%CI 0.25–0.67). Conclusion In patients undergoing high-risk coronary revascularization, IABP did not significantly decrease mortality. But high-risk CABG patients may be benefit from IABP. Rigorous criteria should be applied to the use of IABPs. PMID:26784578

  17. Hybrid in situ replacement for Samson group V Staphylococcus aureus aortic graft infection

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    Karpenko, A A; Ignatenko, P V; Beliaev, A M

    2013-01-01

    Aortic prosthesis replacements including extra-anatomical bypass procedures, in situ revascularisations with the neoaortoiliac system, antibiotic bounded prostheses or allogeneic grafts have high graft reinfection rates. We described a case of a 68-year-old man with Samson group V Staphylococcus aureus infection of his aortobifemoral graft. He underwent an explantation of the infected graft, wound debridement and a hybrid in situ allogeneic aortoiliofemoral replacement. During surgery one of the limbs of the cryopreserved human aortic allogeneic graft was anastomosed with the endarterectomised left common iliac artery, which later was angioplastied and stented. The closed system Jackson-Pratt drains were used to prevent perigraft fluid collection. The groin wound was treated with the vacuum-assisted closure dressing. On review in 6 months he remained symptom free. We conclude that a hybrid management of infected aortic prosthesis may reduce graft reinfection. PMID:23897382

  18. The Bolton Treovance abdominal stent-graft: European clinical trial design.

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    Chiesa, R; Riambau, V; Coppi, G; Zipfel, B; Llagostera, S; Marone, E M; Kahlberg, A

    2012-10-01

    Endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) has emerged as a promising, less invasive alternative to conventional open surgery for the treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). In the last 20 years, the application rate of EVAR and its clinical results have significantly improved thanks to the evolution of stent-grafts and endovascular delivery systems. However, further development is still needed to reduce the incidence of complications and secondary re-interventions. The Treovance abdominal aortic stent-graft (Bolton Medical, Barcelona, Spain) is a new-generation endovascular device, developed to increase flexibility, lower profile, improve deployment and sealing mechanisms. In particular, it is provided with some innovative features as a double layer of proximal barbs (suprarenal and infrarenal) for supplemental fixation, dull barbs between modules to avoid potential leg disconnections, detachable outer sheath provided with a new-design hemostatic valve, and a double improved mechanism (slow motion and "pin and pull") for precise stent-graft deployment. A European prospective, non-randomized, multi-institutional, "first-in-human" trial (the ADVANCE trial) was conducted from March to December 2011 to assess the safety and performance of the Treovance stent-graft system before commercialization. Thirty patients with anatomically suitable non-ruptured AAAs were enrolled at five clinical sites in Italy, Spain, and Germany. EVAR was completed successfully in all patients. The stent-graft was delivered and deployed safely even in heavily angulated or calcified anatomies. No 30-day device-related complications nor deaths were observed. Preliminary experience with the Treovance abdominal stent-graft within the ADVANCE trial was satisfactory with regard to technical success and perioperative clinical results. Follow-up data are needed to assess mid- and long-term clinical outcomes, along with durability of this new-generation endovascular device.

  19. CT Study of the Relationship Between the Common Iliac Artery and Vein and Their Juxtaposition: Implications for Conduit Construction Prior to Endosvascular Stent-Graft Repair of Aortic Aneurysms

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    Lenton, James; Homer-Vanniasinkam, Shervanthi; Kent, Patrick; Nicholson, Tony

    2008-11-15

    The objective of this study was to determine the anatomical relationship and juxtaposition between the common iliac artery and vein in a population of patients with aortic aneurysmal disease and a population clinically and radiologically free of atheroma. It was a retrospective study of 100 consecutive patients undergoing computed tomographic assessment of abdominal aortic aneurysm prior to endovascular or open surgical repair and 100 patients undergoing computed tomographic assessment for other pathologies who did not have clinical or imaging signs of aorto-iliac atheroma. In both groups the anatomical relationship between the right and left iliac artery and vein was studied, and the thickness of the fat plane separating the artery from the vein measured. The right iliac vein was posterolateral to the artery at the level of the common iliac artery bifurcation in 95% of patients in both groups. At the same level the left iliac vein was posterior in 23% (p {<=} 0.001). Eighty-three percent of patients in the aneurysm group had a fat plane between the right artery and vein that measured 0 mm (no visible fat plane = 52%) to 1 mm (= 31%). Ninety-eight percent of patients in the aneurysm group had a measurable fat plane between the left iliac artery and vein of up to 5 mm (p = 0.001). Six percent of the control group demonstrated no visible fat plane between the right iliac artery and vein (p {<=} 0.001), while the fat plane measured more than 1 mm (1-5 mm) on the left in 100%. We conclude that in patients where conduit construction is required for aortic stent-graft access, the anatomical configuration and intimate relationship of the iliac arteries and veins should be assessed and taken into account at CT scan evaluation. The distal right common iliac artery should not be used, as venous damage can be predicted from the anatomical and intimate relationship of the iliac artery and vein at this level in patients with atheroma and the difficulties this relationship

  20. Triple-branched stent graft for arch repair in a pregnant woman with acute DeBakey type I aortic dissection.

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    Zhang, Qian; Ma, Xiaochun; Wang, Zhengjun; Zou, Chengwei

    2017-03-12

    A woman aged 36 years at 36 weeks of pregnancy sought medical attention at the Shandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University, Shandong, China, after experiencing acute chest pain. The patient was diagnosed with chronic hypertension, severe pre-eclampsia, acute aortic dissection, aortic regurgitation, and heart failure. Computed tomography examination demonstrated a DeBakey type I aortic dissection that involved the origin of the innominate artery, the left common carotid artery, and the left subclavian artery. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  1. Risk factors for the development of restenosis following stent implantation of venous bypass grafts

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    Heidland, U; Heintzen, M; Michel, C; Strauer, B

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To analyse the variables involved in the high restenosis rate following stent implantation in coronary artery bypass grafts.
DESIGN—A retrospective analysis of a consecutive group of patients attending a tertiary centre.
PATIENTS—The long term angiographic outcome of 219 stent implantations for individual lesions performed in 191 patients was investigated. Multivariate analysis correlated clinical, procedural, and angiographic variables with the incidence of angiographic restenosis, defined as diameter stenosis > 50% at follow up.
RESULTS—Angiographic restenosis was observed in 34% of lesions treated. Multiple logistic regression analysis defined diabetes mellitus (odds ratio 6.91, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.43 to 9.69), graft recanalisation (2.89, 95% CI 1.18 to 6.63), lesion at the aortic anastomosis (6.98, 95% CI 2.77 to 21.31), lesion at the coronary anastomosis (3.01, 95% CI 1.19 to 7.69), high diameter stenosis after stent placement (7.21, 95% CI 2.66 to 16.81), placement of long stents (2.73, 95% CI 1.09 to 7.39), and implantation of more than one stent (7.31, 95% CI 2.08 to 19.96) as independent predictors of graft in-stent restenosis.
CONCLUSIONS—There appears to be a specific risk factor constellation contributing to the high restenosis rate following stent implantation in venous bypass grafts. Critical consideration of these variables may help identify patients who are poor candidates for stent implantation and who may benefit from a different approach.


Keywords: coronary artery bypass graft; stent; restenosis PMID:11179274

  2. Outcomes of AV Fistulas and AV Grafts after Interventional Stent-Graft Deployment in Haemodialysis Patients

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    Schmelter, Christopher Raab, Udo; Lazarus, Friedrich; Ruppert, Volker; Vorwerk, Dierk

    2015-08-15

    PurposeThe study was designed to assess outcomes of arteriovenous (AV) accesses after interventional stent-graft deployment in haemodialysis patients.Materials and Methods63 haemodialysis patients with 66 AV fistulas and AV grafts were treated by interventional stent-graft deployment from 2006 to 2012 at our hospital. Data of these patients were retrospectively analysed for location of deployed stent-grafts, occurrence and location of (re-)stenosis and (re-)thrombosis. Complex stenosis was the most frequent indication for stent-graft deployment (45.5 %), followed by complications of angioplasty with vessel rupture or dissection (31.8 %).ResultsA high rate of procedural success was achieved (98.5 %). The most frequent location of the deployed stent-graft was the draining vein (66.7 %). Stent-graft deployment was more frequent in AV grafts than in AV fistulas. Primary patency was 45.5 % at 6 month, 31.3 % at 12 month and 19.2 % at 24 month. Primary patency was significantly better for AV fistulas than for AV grafts with deployed stent-grafts. Patency of the deployed stent-graft was much better than overall AV access primary patency with deployed stent-graft. Re-stenosis with thrombosis was the most frequent indication for re-intervention. Most frequent location of re-stenosis was the draining vein (37.1 %), followed by stenosis at the AV access (29.5 %) and the deployed stent-graft (23.5 %).ConclusionRe-stenosis and re-thrombosis remain frequent in AV fistulas and AV grafts in haemodialysis patients despite stent-graft deployment. Re-stenosis of the deployed stent-graft is, only in the minority of the cases, responsible for AV access dysfunction.

  3. Outcomes of AV Fistulas and AV Grafts after Interventional Stent-Graft Deployment in Haemodialysis Patients.

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    Schmelter, Christopher; Raab, Udo; Lazarus, Friedrich; Ruppert, Volker; Vorwerk, Dierk

    2015-08-01

    The study was designed to assess outcomes of arteriovenous (AV) accesses after interventional stent-graft deployment in haemodialysis patients. 63 haemodialysis patients with 66 AV fistulas and AV grafts were treated by interventional stent-graft deployment from 2006 to 2012 at our hospital. Data of these patients were retrospectively analysed for location of deployed stent-grafts, occurrence and location of (re-)stenosis and (re-)thrombosis. Complex stenosis was the most frequent indication for stent-graft deployment (45.5%), followed by complications of angioplasty with vessel rupture or dissection (31.8%). A high rate of procedural success was achieved (98.5%). The most frequent location of the deployed stent-graft was the draining vein (66.7%). Stent-graft deployment was more frequent in AV grafts than in AV fistulas. Primary patency was 45.5% at 6 month, 31.3% at 12 month and 19.2% at 24 month. Primary patency was significantly better for AV fistulas than for AV grafts with deployed stent-grafts. Patency of the deployed stent-graft was much better than overall AV access primary patency with deployed stent-graft. Re-stenosis with thrombosis was the most frequent indication for re-intervention. Most frequent location of re-stenosis was the draining vein (37.1%), followed by stenosis at the AV access (29.5%) and the deployed stent-graft (23.5%). Re-stenosis and re-thrombosis remain frequent in AV fistulas and AV grafts in haemodialysis patients despite stent-graft deployment. Re-stenosis of the deployed stent-graft is, only in the minority of the cases, responsible for AV access dysfunction.

  4. Three-year-old child with middle aortic syndrome treated by endovascular stent implantation.

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    Moszura, Tomasz; Goreczny, Sebastian; Dryzek, Pawel; Niwald, Marek

    2013-04-01

    Middle aortic syndrome (MAS) is an extremely rare anomaly and represents both a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, particularly in young children. A case of a 3.5 year-old child with MAS and arterial hypertension is reported, where owing to the patient's young age and the length of the hypoplastic aortic segment, surgical correction with end-to-end anastomosis was not feasible. Instead of palliative bypass grafting between the thoracic and abdominal aorta, successful percutaneous balloon angioplasty and stenting of the lesion was performed with the assistance of three-dimensional rotational angiography.

  5. Stent fabric fatigue of grafts supported by Z-stents versus ringed stents: an in vitro buckling test.

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    Lin, Jing; Wang, Lu; Guidoin, Robert; Nutley, Mark; Song, Ge; Zhang, Ze; Du, Jia; Douville, Yvan

    2014-03-01

    Stent-grafts externally fitted with a Z-shaped stents were compared to devices fitted with ringed stents in an in vitro oscillating fatigue machine at 200 cycles per minute and a pressure of 360 mmHg for scheduled durations of up to 1 week. The devices fitted with Z-stents showed a considerably lower endurance limit to buckling compared to the controls. The contact between the apexes of adjacent Z-stents resulted in significant damage to the textile scaffolds and polyester fibers due to the sharp angle of the Z-stents. The ringed stents did not cause any fraying in the textile scaffolds.

  6. Histological changes in canine aorta 1 year after stent-graft implantation: implications for the long-term stability of device anchoring zones.

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    Bashar, Abul Hasan Muhammad; Kazui, Teruhisa; Terada, Hitoshi; Suzuki, Kazuya; Washiyama, Naoki; Yamashita, Katsushi; Baba, Satoshi

    2002-06-01

    To examine aortic histology 1 year after stent-graft implantation in a canine model as a means of assessing the durability of endograft fixation. Fourteen mongrel dogs each received 1 stent-graft and 1 bare stent placed endoluminally in the abdominal aorta. Eight animals were followed for 1 year, 3 for 4 to 8 weeks, and the remaining 3 for 24 to 48 hours. Aortic specimens were stained with hematoxylin-eosin, elastica-van Gieson, and Masson's trichrome and examined with light and electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry to identify smooth muscle cells (SMC), endothelialization, aortic wall ultrastructure, and changes at the device anchoring sites. No dilatation or dissection was noted at any of the device anchoring sites. The aortic media at 1 year was remarkably decreased in thickness: 891 +/- 196 microm in the control tissue versus 388 +/- 70 microm for the proximal stent-grafted aorta and 457 +/- 148 microm for the bare-stented aortic segment. Other important histological features were reduced elastic lamellae in the stent-grafted aorta versus control (p<0.0001), increased SMC density in the stent-grafted aortic region (p<0.0001 versus control), and absence of inflammatory infiltrate. Complete neointimal covering and endothelialization of the luminal endograft surface were found. SMCs generally showed no ultrastructural features of necrosis. Aortic stent-grafts induce distinctive histological changes in the aortic wall at 1 year, even when implanted in a healthy aorta. Although there is considerable medial elastin loss, an increased medial SMC density, an exuberant neointima, and a general absence of perigraft inflammation suggest an ongoing process of structural restoration at the device anchoring sites.

  7. Adult Patent Ductus Arteriosus: Treatment with a Stent-Graft

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    Munoz, J.J. Urbaneja, A.; Gonzalez, N.; Martinez, J.L.

    2008-03-15

    We present the case of a 63-year-old woman with a short patent ductus arteriosus and aneurysmal pulmonary arteries who was treated by placement of a stent-graft. The technique proved simple and safe. Further research is required to improve the design of stent-grafts and their release system for use of this technique in adult patients with this disorder.

  8. Relay NBS Graft with the Plus Delivery System to Improve Deployment in Aortic Arch with Small Radius Curve

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    Ferro, Carlo; Rossi, Umberto G. Seitun, Sara; Guastavino, Andrea; Scarano, Flavio; Passerone, Gian Carlo

    2011-04-15

    The purpose of this report is to describe deployment of the Relay NBS Thoracic Stent Graft with the Plus Delivery System (Bolton Medical, Sunrise, FL) in a flexible resin arch model with a 15-mm radius curve as well as our preliminary clinical results. The Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System was evaluated by way of bench testing, which was performed with stent grafts with diameters ranging from 24 to 46 mm and lengths ranging from 100 to 250 mm in flexible resin arch models with a 15-mm arch radius of curvature. The deployment sequence was analyzed. The Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System was deployed in two patients, respectively, having a 6.5-cm penetrating aortic ulcer of the proximal third of the descending thoracic aorta and a DeBakey type-I aortic dissection with chronic false lumen dilatation after surgery due to an entry site at the distal thoracic aorta. Bench tests showed proper conformation and apposition of the Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System in the flexible resin model. This stent graft was deployed successfully into the two patients with a correct orientation of the first stent and without early or late complications. The Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System ensures an optimal conformation and apposition of the first stent in the aortic arch with a small radius of curvature.

  9. Relay NBS graft with the plus delivery system to improve deployment in aortic Arch with small radius curve.

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    Ferro, Carlo; Rossi, Umberto G; Seitun, Sara; Guastavino, Andrea; Scarano, Flavio; Passerone, Gian Carlo

    2011-04-01

    The purpose of this report is to describe deployment of the Relay NBS Thoracic Stent Graft with the Plus Delivery System (Bolton Medical, Sunrise, FL) in a flexible resin arch model with a 15-mm radius curve as well as our preliminary clinical results. The Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System was evaluated by way of bench testing, which was performed with stent grafts with diameters ranging from 24 to 46 mm and lengths ranging from 100 to 250 mm in flexible resin arch models with a 15-mm arch radius of curvature. The deployment sequence was analyzed. The Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System was deployed in two patients, respectively, having a 6.5-cm penetrating aortic ulcer of the proximal third of the descending thoracic aorta and a DeBakey type-I aortic dissection with chronic false lumen dilatation after surgery due to an entry site at the distal thoracic aorta. Bench tests showed proper conformation and apposition of the Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System in the flexible resin model. This stent graft was deployed successfully into the two patients with a correct orientation of the first stent and without early or late complications. The Relay NBS graft with the Plus Delivery System ensures an optimal conformation and apposition of the first stent in the aortic arch with a small radius of curvature.

  10. Computational fluid dynamics evaluation of the cross-limb stent graft configuration for endovascular aneurysm repair.

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    Shek, Tina L T; Tse, Leonard W; Nabovati, Aydin; Amon, Cristina H

    2012-12-01

    The technique of crossing the limbs of bifurcated modular stent grafts for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is often employed in the face of splayed aortic bifurcations to facilitate cannulation and prevent device kinking. However, little has been reported about the implications of cross-limb EVAR, especially in comparison to conventional EVAR. Previous computational fluid dynamics studies of conventional EVAR grafts have mostly utilized simplified planar stent graft geometries. We herein examined the differences between conventional and cross-limb EVAR by comparing their hemodynamic flow fields (i.e., in the "direct" and "cross" configurations, respectively). We also added a "planar" configuration, which is commonly found in the literature, to identify how well this configuration compares to out-of-plane stent graft configurations from a hemodynamic perspective. A representative patient's cross-limb stent graft geometry was segmented using computed tomography imaging in Mimics software. The cross-limb graft geometry was used to build its direct and planar counterparts in SolidWorks. Physiologic velocity and mass flow boundary conditions and blood properties were implemented for steady-state and pulsatile transient simulations in ANSYS CFX. Displacement forces, wall shear stress (WSS), and oscillatory shear index (OSI) were all comparable between the direct and cross configurations, whereas the planar geometry yielded very different predictions of hemodynamics compared to the out-of-plane stent graft configurations, particularly for displacement forces. This single-patient study suggests that the short-term hemodynamics involved in crossing the limbs is as safe as conventional EVAR. Higher helicity and improved WSS distribution of the cross-limb configuration suggest improved flow-related thrombosis resistance in the short term. However, there may be long-term fatigue implications to stent graft use in the cross configuration when compared to the direct

  11. Fatal Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Aortic Graft Infection

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    Meyer, Michael (Technical Monitor); Smith, Davey; Metzgar, David; Wills, Christopher; Fierer, Joshua

    2002-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a yeast commonly used in baking and a frequent colonizer of human mucosal surfaces. It is considered relatively nonpathogenic in immunocompetent adults. We present a case of S. cerevisiae fungemia and aortic graft infection in an immunocompetent adult. This is the first reported case of S. cerevisiue fungemia where the identity of the pathogen was confirmed by rRNA sequencing.

  12. Fatal Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Aortic Graft Infection

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    Meyer, Michael (Technical Monitor); Smith, Davey; Metzgar, David; Wills, Christopher; Fierer, Joshua

    2002-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a yeast commonly used in baking and a frequent colonizer of human mucosal surfaces. It is considered relatively nonpathogenic in immunocompetent adults. We present a case of S. cerevisiae fungemia and aortic graft infection in an immunocompetent adult. This is the first reported case of S. cerevisiue fungemia where the identity of the pathogen was confirmed by rRNA sequencing.

  13. An in Vitro Twist Fatigue Test of Fabric Stent-Grafts Supported by Z-Stents vs. Ringed Stents

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    Lin, Jing; Guidoin, Robert; Du, Jia; Wang, Lu; Douglas, Graeham; Zhu, Danjie; Nutley, Mark; Perron, Lygia; Zhang, Ze; Douville, Yvan

    2016-01-01

    Whereas buckling can cause type III endoleaks, long-term twisting of a stent-graft was investigated here as a mechanism leading to type V endoleak or endotension. Two experimental device designs supported with Z-stents having strut angles of 35° or 45° were compared to a ringed control under accelerated twisting. Damage to each device was assessed and compared after different durations of twisting, with focus on damage that may allow leakage. Stent-grafts with 35° Z-stents had the most severe distortion and damage to the graft fabric. The 45° Z-stents caused less fabric damage. However, consistent stretching was still seen around the holes for sutures, which attach the stents to the graft fabric. Larger holes may become channels for fluid percolation through the wall. The ringed stent-graft had the least damage observed. Stent apexes with sharp angles appear to be responsible for major damage to the fabrics. Device manufacturers should consider stent apex angle when designing stent-grafts, and ensure their devices are resistant to twisting. PMID:28787913

  14. An in Vitro Twist Fatigue Test of Fabric Stent-Grafts Supported by Z-Stents vs. Ringed Stents.

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    Lin, Jing; Guidoin, Robert; Du, Jia; Wang, Lu; Douglas, Graeham; Zhu, Danjie; Nutley, Mark; Perron, Lygia; Zhang, Ze; Douville, Yvan

    2016-02-16

    Whereas buckling can cause type III endoleaks, long-term twisting of a stent-graft was investigated here as a mechanism leading to type V endoleak or endotension. Two experimental device designs supported with Z-stents having strut angles of 35° or 45° were compared to a ringed control under accelerated twisting. Damage to each device was assessed and compared after different durations of twisting, with focus on damage that may allow leakage. Stent-grafts with 35° Z-stents had the most severe distortion and damage to the graft fabric. The 45° Z-stents caused less fabric damage. However, consistent stretching was still seen around the holes for sutures, which attach the stents to the graft fabric. Larger holes may become channels for fluid percolation through the wall. The ringed stent-graft had the least damage observed. Stent apexes with sharp angles appear to be responsible for major damage to the fabrics. Device manufacturers should consider stent apex angle when designing stent-grafts, and ensure their devices are resistant to twisting.

  15. Aorto-Uni-Iliac Stent Grafts with and without Crossover Femorofemoral Bypass for Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Parallel Observational Comparative Study

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    Elkassaby, Mohammed; Alawy, Mahmoud; Ali, Mohamed Zaki; Tawfick, Wael A.; Sultan, Sherif

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the safety and efficacy of primary aorto-uni-iliac (AUI) endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) without fem-fem crossover in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and concomitant aortoiliac occlusive disease. 537 EVARs were implemented between 2002 and 2015 in University Hospital Galway, a tertiary referral center for aortic surgery and EVAR. We executed a parallel observational comparative study between 34 patients with AUI with femorofemoral crossover (group A) and six patients treated with AUI but without the crossover (group B). Group B patients presented with infrarenal AAAs with associated total occlusion of one iliac axis and high comorbidities. Technical success was 97% (n = 33) in group A and 85% (n = 5) in group B (P = 0.31). Primary and assisted clinical success at 24 months were 88% (n = 30) and 12% (n = 4), respectively, in group A, and 85% (n = 5) and 15% (n = 1), respectively, in group B (P = 0.125). Reintervention rate was 10% (n = 3) in group A and 0% in group B (P = 0.084). No incidence of postoperative critical lower limb ischemia or amputations occurred in the follow-up period. AUI without crossover bypass is a viable option in selected cases. PMID:26770825

  16. Pivotal results of the Medtronic Vascular Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System: the VALOR trial.

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    Fairman, Ronald M; Criado, Frank; Farber, Mark; Kwolek, Christopher; Mehta, Manish; White, Rodney; Lee, Anthony; Tuchek, J Michael

    2008-09-01

    This report summarizes the 30-day and 12-month results of endovascular treatment using the Medtronic Vascular Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System (Medtronic Vascular, Santa Rosa, Calif) for patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA) who are considered candidates for open surgical repair. The study was a prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter, pivotal trial conducted at 38 sites. Enrollment occurred between December 2003 and June 2005. Standard follow-up interval examinations were prescribed at 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, and annually thereafter. These endovascular results were compared with retrospective open surgical data from three centers of excellence. The Evaluation of the Medtronic Vascular Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System for the Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (VALOR) trial enrolled 195 patients, and 189 were identified as retrospective open surgical subjects. Compared with the open surgery group, the VALOR test group had similar age and sex distributions, but had a smaller TAA size. Patients received a mean number of 2.7 +/- 1.3 stent graft components. The diameters of 25% of the proximal stent graft components implanted were <26 mm or >40 mm. Left subclavian artery revascularization was performed before the initial stent graft procedure in 5.2% of patients. Iliac conduits were used in 21.1% of patients. In 33.5% of patients, the bare spring segment of the most proximally implanted device was in zones 1 or 2 of the aortic arch. In 194 patients (99.5%), vessel access and stent graft deployment were successful at the intended site. The 30-day VALOR results included perioperative mortality, 2.1%; major adverse advents, 41%; incidence of paraplegia, 1.5%; paraparesis, 7.2%; and stroke, 3.6%. The 12-month VALOR results included all-cause mortality, 16.1%; aneurysm-related mortality, 3.1%; conversion to open surgery, 0.5%; target aneurysm rupture, 0.5%; stent graft migration >10 mm, 3.9%; endoleak (12.2%), stent graft patency, 100%; stable or

  17. Air Embolism During TEVAR: Carbon Dioxide Flushing Decreases the Amount of Gas Released from Thoracic Stent-Grafts During Deployment.

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    Rohlffs, Fiona; Tsilimparis, Nikolaos; Saleptsis, Vasilis; Diener, Holger; Debus, E Sebastian; Kölbel, Tilo

    2017-02-01

    To investigate the amount of gas released from Zenith thoracic stent-grafts using standard saline flushing vs the carbon dioxide flushing technique. In an experimental bench setting, 20 thoracic stent-grafts were separated into 2 groups of 10 endografts. One group of grafts was flushed with 60 mL saline and the other group was flushed with carbon dioxide for 5 minutes followed by 60 mL saline. All grafts were deployed into a water-filled container with a curved plastic pipe; the deployment was recorded and released gas was measured using a calibrated setup. Gas was released from all grafts in both study groups during endograft deployment. The average amount of released gas per graft was significantly lower in the study group with carbon dioxide flushing (0.79 vs 0.51 mL, p=0.005). Thoracic endografts release significant amounts of air during deployment if flushed according to the instructions for use. Application of carbon dioxide for the flushing of thoracic stent-grafts prior to standard saline flush significantly reduces the amount of gas released during deployment. The additional use of carbon dioxide should be considered as a standard flush technique for aortic stent-grafts, especially in those implanted in proximal aortic segments, to reduce the risk of air embolism and stroke.

  18. Outcomes for supra-aortic branch vessel stenting in the treatment of thoracic aortic disease.

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    O'Callaghan, Adrian; Mastracci, Tara M; Greenberg, Roy K; Eagleton, Matthew J; Bena, James; Kuramochi, Yuki

    2014-10-01

    Endovascular options for the treatment of proximal thoracic and arch disease have evolved over the years. In this manuscript, we review the midterm results of fenestrated compared with chimney configurations for proximal aortic aneurysm disease. We performed an analysis of all patients with chimney grafts or custom fenestrated endografts used for treatment of proximal thoracic aneurysm disease (involving the supra-aortic trunk vessels) presenting to our institution between 2004 and 2013. Patients were identified by retrospective chart review and through the prospective database (National Institutes of Health study number NCT00583050). Details of devices placed, intraoperative details, and measurements from postoperative imaging were included in the analysis. The primary outcomes of interest were long-term freedom from branch stent complications and freedom from proximal endoleak, but we also included perioperative events, in-hospital mortality, and requirement for secondary interventions in our review. The log-rank test (Mantel-Cox) was used to compare survival data. Student t-test (two tailed) and Fisher exact test (two tailed) were used for continuous and categorical data, respectively. Of 767 patients who underwent thoracic endovascular repair from January 2004 to February 2013, 33 satisfied the inclusion criteria (4%): 18 of 33 noncustom and 15 of 33 custom graft designs. Overall, the rate of technical success was 97%. There were four branch stent-related problems in the follow-up period, one of 15 (7%) in the custom group and three of 18 (17%) in the noncustom group. There were three proximal sealing failures in the immediate postoperative and follow-up period, one of 15 (7%) in the custom group and two of 18 (11%) in the noncustom group. Overall, 10 patients underwent secondary procedures, four of 15 (27%) in the custom group and six of 18 (33%) in the noncustom group. Although they are technically feasible, both custom fenestrated endografts and chimney

  19. Multiple multilayer stents for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm: a possible new tool for aortic endovascular surgery.

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    Tolva, Valerio Stefano; Bianchi, Paolo Guy; Cireni, Lea Valeria; Lombardo, Alma; Keller, Guido Carlo; Parati, Gianfranco; Casana, Renato Maria

    2012-01-01

    Endovascular surgery data are confirming the paramount role of modern endovascular tools for a safe and sure exclusion of thoracoabdominal lesions. A 57-year-old female presented with severe comorbidity affected by a 58 mm thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA). After patient-informed consent and local Ethical Committee and Italian Public Health Ministry authorization, three multilayer stents were implanted in the thoracoabdominal aortic tract, obtaining at a 20-month computed tomography scan follow up, a complete exclusion of the TAAA, with normal patency of visceral vessels. Multilayer stents can be used in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm, with positive results.

  20. Multiple multilayer stents for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm: a possible new tool for aortic endovascular surgery

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    Tolva, Valerio Stefano; Bianchi, Paolo Guy; Cireni, Lea Valeria; Lombardo, Alma; Keller, Guido Carlo; Parati, Gianfranco; Casana, Renato Maria

    2012-01-01

    Purpose Endovascular surgery data are confirming the paramount role of modern endovascular tools for a safe and sure exclusion of thoracoabdominal lesions. Case report A 57-year-old female presented with severe comorbidity affected by a 58 mm thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA). After patient-informed consent and local Ethical Committee and Italian Public Health Ministry authorization, three multilayer stents were implanted in the thoracoabdominal aortic tract, obtaining at a 20-month computed tomography scan follow up, a complete exclusion of the TAAA, with normal patency of visceral vessels. Conclusion Multilayer stents can be used in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm, with positive results. PMID:22866014

  1. Role of the femorofemoral crossover graft in acute lower limb ischemia due to acute type B aortic dissection.

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    Corfield, Lorraine; McCormack, David J; Bell, Rachel; Taylor, Peter; Reidy, John

    2014-04-01

    Acute limb ischemia due to type B aortic dissection is rare and continues to be a management challenge. A case series is presented here with the aim of assessing the outcomes of treatment with a femorofemoral crossover graft with or without thoracic stent graft insertion. This is a combined retrospective and prospective review of nine cases of acute lower limb ischemia secondary to acute type B aortic dissection. The presenting features, radiological findings, treatment and outcomes were reviewed. Five patients had a femorofemoral crossover graft (FFXO) alone, two an FFXO with a thoracic stent graft and the eighth a thoracic and iliac stent. The other case was initially treated conservatively but subsequently required an FFXO. The mean follow-up was 16 (3-51) months. A further two thoracic stents were placed during the follow-up period. Thus five out of nine patients (56%) required aortic stenting. This series suggests that an FFXO is a reliable treatment for acute limb ischemia due to type B aortic dissection. However, these patients are often complex with ischemia in other vascular beds and are at risk of subsequent aneurysmal dilation.

  2. Magnetizable stent-grafts enable endothelial cell capture

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    Tefft, Brandon J.; Uthamaraj, Susheil; Harburn, J. Jonathan; Hlinomaz, Ota; Lerman, Amir; Dragomir-Daescu, Dan; Sandhu, Gurpreet S.

    2017-04-01

    Emerging nanotechnologies have enabled the use of magnetic forces to guide the movement of magnetically-labeled cells, drugs, and other therapeutic agents. Endothelial cells labeled with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) have previously been captured on the surface of magnetizable 2205 duplex stainless steel stents in a porcine coronary implantation model. Recently, we have coated these stents with electrospun polyurethane nanofibers to fabricate prototype stent-grafts. Facilitated endothelialization may help improve the healing of arteries treated with stent-grafts, reduce the risk of thrombosis and restenosis, and enable small-caliber applications. When placed in a SPION-labeled endothelial cell suspension in the presence of an external magnetic field, magnetized stent-grafts successfully captured cells to the surface regions adjacent to the stent struts. Implantation within the coronary circulation of pigs (n=13) followed immediately by SPION-labeled autologous endothelial cell delivery resulted in widely patent devices with a thin, uniform neointima and no signs of thrombosis or inflammation at 7 days. Furthermore, the magnetized stent-grafts successfully captured and retained SPION-labeled endothelial cells to select regions adjacent to stent struts and between stent struts, whereas the non-magnetized control stent-grafts did not. Early results with these prototype devices are encouraging and further refinements will be necessary in order to achieve more uniform cell capture and complete endothelialization. Once optimized, this approach may lead to more rapid and complete healing of vascular stent-grafts with a concomitant improvement in long-term device performance.

  3. Partially uncovered Cheatham platinum-covered stent to treat complex aortic coarctation associated with aortic wall aneurysm.

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    Butera, Gianfranco; Piazza, Luciane

    2015-04-01

    Percutaneous treatment of aortic coarctation is a widely used option. Covered stents have increased the profile of efficacy and safety of this procedure. Here we report on a 32-year-old woman with significant aortic recoarctation associated with aortic wall aneurysm and close proximity of both lesions to the origin of both the subclavian arteries. It was decided to manually and partially uncover the proximal part of the stent to have a hybrid stent that could act as a bare stent at the level of the origin of the subclavian arteries and as a covered stent at the level of the aneurysm.

  4. Penetrating Atherosclerotic Ulcer of the Descending Thoracic Aorta: Treatment by Endovascular Stent-Graft

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    Murgo, Salvatore; Dussaussois, Luc; Golzarian, Jafar; Cavenaile, Jean Christophe; Abada, Hicham Tarik; Ferreira, Jose; Struyven, Julien

    1998-11-15

    Purpose: To present four cases of penetrating ulcer of the descending thoracic aorta treated by transfemoral insertion of an endoluminal stent-graft. Methods: Four patients with penetrating aortic ulcers were reviewed. Three cases were complicated by rupture, false aneurysm, or retrograde dissection. All patients were treated by endovascular stent-graft and were followed by helical computed tomography (CT). Results: Endovascular stent-graft deployment was successful in all patients. However, in one case we observed a perigraft leak that spontaneously disappeared within the first month, and two interventions were needed for another patient. Following treatment, one episode of transient spinal ischemia was observed. The 30-day survival rate was 100%, but one patient died from pneumonia with cardiac failure 34 days after the procedure. In one patient, helical CT performed at 3 months showed a false aneurysm independent of the first ulcer. This patient refused any further treatment and suddenly died at home (unknown cause) after a 6-month follow-up period. Conclusion: Transluminal placement of endovascular stent-grafts for treatment of penetrating ulcers of the descending thoracic aorta appears to be a possible alternative to classical surgery. After treatment, follow-up by CT is essential to detect possible complications of the disease.

  5. Spontaneous Evacuation of a Vascular Metallic Stent through a Graft-Duodenal Fistula with Concomitant Non-Surgical Fistula Closure

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    Inoue, Hidenori; Motohashi, Shinya; Uchiyama, Hirotomo; Akasaka, Junetsu

    2016-01-01

    We report a patient who developed ileus caused by vascular stent migration into the duodenum with periprosthetic retroperitoneal abscess. The patient previously underwent removal of an infected abdominal aortic aneurysm with concomitant axillobifemoral arterial reconstruction. An occlusion of the graft leg was treated by a unilateral aortoiliac bypass where endovascular surgery with a metallic stent was later needed. The abscess and ileus were vigorously drained. Following the spontaneous evacuation of the metallic stent via the digestive tract, the abscess was completely drained and fistula closure was achieved without surgical intervention. The patient has remained healthy 6 years thereafter. PMID:28018510

  6. Delayed aortic regurgitation caused by a right coronary stent protruding into the aorta.

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    Quintana, Eduard; Mestres, Carlos A; Congiu, Stefano; Josa, Miguel; Cartañá, Ramon

    2009-11-01

    Aortic valve perforation is an extremely rare complication after percutaneous coronary intervention. The case is presented of a 49-year-old male with aortic valve regurgitation secondary to the intra-aortic protrusion of a right coronary stent. The patient had undergone an apparently successful rescue percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty with a drug-eluting stent following failed fibrinolysis, but one month later was readmitted for acute pulmonary edema. Further investigations demonstrated new-onset aortic regurgitation. Medical stabilization was achieved and an elective aortic valve replacement and coronary revascularization performed. Intraoperatively, the stent was found to be partially deployed within the aortic lumen, causing perforation to the non-coronary cusp.

  7. Postcatheterization Femoral Arteriovenous Fistulas: Endovascular Treatment with Stent-Grafts

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    Onal, Baran Kosar, Sule; Gumus, Terman; Ilgit, Erhan T.; Akpek, Sergin

    2004-09-15

    Purpose: To report our results of stent-graft implantation for the endovascular treatment of postcatheterization femoral arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) occurring between the deep femoral artery and the femoral vein.Methods: Endovascular treatment of iatrogenic femoral AVFs as a result of arterial puncture for coronary angiography and/or angioplasty was attempted in 10 cases. Balloon-expandable stent-grafts, one for each lesion, were used to repair the fistulas, which were between the deep femoral artery and the femoral vein in all cases. Stent-graft implantation to the deep femoral artery was performed by a contralateral retrograde approach.Results: All stent-grafts were deployed successfully. Complete closure of the fistulas was accomplished immediately in nine of 10 cases. In one case, complete closure could not be obtained but the fact that the complaint subsided was taken to indicate clinical success. In three cases, side branch occlusion of the deep femoral artery occurred. No complications were observed after implantation. Follow-up for 8-31 months (mean 18.5 months) with color Doppler ultrasonography revealed patency of the stented arterial segments without recurrent arteriovenous shunting in those nine patients who had successful immediate closure of their AVFs.Conclusion: Our results with a mean follow-up 18.5 months suggest that stent-graft implantation for the closure of postcatheterization femoral AVFs originating from the deep femoral artery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative procedure.

  8. A biomimetic approach for designing stent-graft structures: Caterpillar cuticle as design model.

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    Singh, Charanpreet; Wang, Xungai

    2014-02-01

    Stent-graft (SG) induced biomechanical mismatch at the aortic repair site forms the major reason behind postoperative hemodynamic complications. These complications arise from mismatched radial compliance and stiffness property of repair device relative to native aortic mechanics. The inability of an exoskeleton SG design (an externally stented rigid polyester graft) to achieve optimum balance between structural robustness and flexibility constrains its biomechanical performance limits. Therefore, a new SG design capable of dynamically controlling its stiffness and flexibility has been proposed in this study. The new design is adopted from the segmented hydroskeleton structure of a caterpillar cuticle and comprises of high performance polymeric filaments constructed in a segmented knit architecture. Initially, conceptual design models of caterpillar and SG were developed and later translated into an experimental SG prototype. The in-vitro biomechanical evaluation (compliance, bending moment, migration intensity, and viscoelasticity) revealed significantly better performance of hydroskeleton structure than a commercial SG device (Zenith(™) Flex SG) and woven Dacron(®) graft-prosthesis. Structural segmentation improved the biomechanical behaviour of new SG by inducing a three dimensional volumetric expansion property when the SG was subjected to hoop stresses. Interestingly, this behaviour matches the orthotropic elastic property of native aorta and hence proposes segmented hydroskeleton structures as promising design approach for future aortic repair devices.

  9. Contralateral approach to iliac artery recanalization with kissing nitinol stents present in the aortic bifurcation☆

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    Joseph, George; Hooda, Amit; Thomson, Viji Samuel

    2015-01-01

    A 69-year-old man, who had earlier undergone reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation with kissing nitinol stents, presented with occlusion of the left external iliac artery. The occlusion was successfully and safely recanalized using contralateral femoral approach with passage of interventional hardware through the struts of the stents in the aortic bifurcation. Presence of contemporary flexible nitinol stents with open-cell design in the aortic bifurcation is not a contraindication to the use of the contralateral femoral approach. PMID:26702686

  10. Contralateral approach to iliac artery recanalization with kissing nitinol stents present in the aortic bifurcation.

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    Joseph, George; Hooda, Amit; Thomson, Viji Samuel

    2015-01-01

    A 69-year-old man, who had earlier undergone reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation with kissing nitinol stents, presented with occlusion of the left external iliac artery. The occlusion was successfully and safely recanalized using contralateral femoral approach with passage of interventional hardware through the struts of the stents in the aortic bifurcation. Presence of contemporary flexible nitinol stents with open-cell design in the aortic bifurcation is not a contraindication to the use of the contralateral femoral approach.

  11. Proximal scalloped custom-made Relay® stent graft in chronic type B dissection: endovascular repair in a drug abuser patient

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    Szeberin, Zoltán; Nemes, Balázs; Csobay-Novák, Csaba; Mihály, Zsuzsa; Entz, László

    2016-01-01

    The best solution for enlarging chronic type B aortic dissection is not known. Hybrid surgical and endovascular procedures offer a reliable solution in such circumstances, but technically complex stent-graft designs are sometimes needed when the treatment segment of the aorta presents anatomical challenges. We report a case of a proximally scalloped custom-made stent-graft implantation following left subclavian artery transposition in a formerly cocaine-abuser patient. The one-month follow-up computed tomography angiography showed a proximal endoleak (type Ia) which was successfully solved by coil embolization. Proximally scalloped stent grafts offer a reliable solution in complex aortic dissections involving the supra-aortic branches. PMID:28250982

  12. Infolding of covered stents used for aortic coarctation: report of two cases.

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    Wan, Andrea W; Lee, Kyong-Jin; Benson, Lee N

    2014-01-01

    Covered stents have been used for the treatment of aortic coarctation to protect the arterial wall during dilation. Early results have shown them to be safe and effective. We report two cases of infolding of the proximal edge of a covered aortic coarctation stent. Management required implantation of a second stent. Poor stent apposition to the vessel wall and/or recoil may allow conditions for these events to occur.

  13. Management of Failing Prosthetic Bypass Grafts with Metallic Stent Placement

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    Siskin, Gary P.; Stainken, Brian F.; Mandell, Valerie S.; Darling, R. Clement; Dowling, Kyran; Herr, Allen

    1999-09-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the role of metallic stents in treating stenoses involving prosthetic arterial bypass grafts. Methods: Patients undergoing stent placement within a failing prosthetic bypass graft, during a 41-month period, were reviewed for treatment outcome and complications. The indications for stent placement in 15 patients included severe claudication (n= 3), rest pain (n= 9), and minor or major tissue loss (n= 3). Lesions were at the proximal anastomosis (n= 6), the distal anastomosis (n= 3), or within the graft (n= 6). Results: Treatment with metallic stents was successful in all patients. There was one acute stent thrombosis, successfully treated with thrombolytic therapy. Follow-up data are available for a mean duration of 12.3 months. The mean duration of primary patency was 9.4 months with 6- and 12-month primary patency rates of 51.9% and 37.0%, respectively. The mean duration of secondary patency was 12.1 months with 6- and 12-month secondary patency rates of 80.0% and 72.7%, respectively. Two patients with discontinuous runoff and preexisting gangrene required a below-knee amputation. Six patients were revised surgically after stent placement (at a mean of 10.8 months). Three late deaths occurred during follow-up. Conclusion: Given the mortality risks of surgical revision and the reduced life expectancy of this patient population, metallic stent placement represents a viable, short-term treatment option for stenoses within or at the anastomoses of prosthetic grafts. Further evaluation is warranted to compare intragraft stent placement with surgical graft revision.

  14. Diagnosis of Aortic Graft Infection: A Case Definition by the Management of Aortic Graft Infection Collaboration (MAGIC).

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    Lyons, O T A; Baguneid, M; Barwick, T D; Bell, R E; Foster, N; Homer-Vanniasinkam, S; Hopkins, S; Hussain, A; Katsanos, K; Modarai, B; Sandoe, J A T; Thomas, S; Price, N M

    2016-12-01

    The management of aortic graft infection (AGI) is highly complex and in the absence of a universally accepted case definition and evidence-based guidelines, clinical approaches and outcomes vary widely. The objective was to define precise criteria for diagnosing AGI. A process of expert review and consensus, involving formal collaboration between vascular surgeons, infection specialists, and radiologists from several English National Health Service hospital Trusts with large vascular services (Management of Aortic Graft Infection Collaboration [MAGIC]), produced the definition. Diagnostic criteria from three categories were classified as major or minor. It is proposed that AGI should be suspected if a single major criterion or two or more minor criteria from different categories are present. AGI is diagnosed if there is one major plus any criterion (major or minor) from another category. (i) Clinical/surgical major criteria comprise intraoperative identification of pus around a graft and situations where direct communication between the prosthesis and a nonsterile site exists, including fistulae, exposed grafts in open wounds, and deployment of an endovascular stent-graft into an infected field (e.g., mycotic aneurysm); minor criteria are localized AGI features or fever ≥38°C, where AGI is the most likely cause. (ii) Radiological major criteria comprise increasing perigraft gas volume on serial computed tomography (CT) imaging or perigraft gas or fluid (≥7 weeks and ≥3 months, respectively) postimplantation; minor criteria include other CT features or evidence from alternative imaging techniques. (iii) Laboratory major criteria comprise isolation of microorganisms from percutaneous aspirates of perigraft fluid, explanted grafts, and other intraoperative specimens; minor criteria are positive blood cultures or elevated inflammatory indices with no alternative source. This AGI definition potentially offers a practical and consistent diagnostic standard

  15. [Evaluation of Radiation Dose during Stent-graft Treatment Using a Hybrid Operating Room System].

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    Haga, Yoshihiro; Chida, Kouichi; Kaga, Yuji; Saitou, Kazuhisa; Arai, Takeshi; Suzuki, Shinichi; Iwaya, Yoshimi; Kumasaka, Eriko; Kataoka, Nozomi; Satou, Naoto; Abe, Mitsuya

    2015-12-01

    In recent years, aortic aneurysm treatment with stent graft grafting in the X-ray fluoroscopy is increasing. This is an endovascular therapy, because it is a treatment which includes the risk of radiation damage, having to deal with radiation damage, to know in advance is important. In this study, in order to grasp the trend of exposure stent graft implantation in a hybrid operating room (OR) system, focusing on clinical data (entrance skin dose and fluoroscopy time), was to count the total. In TEVAR and EVAR, fluoroscopy time became 13.40 ± 7.27 minutes, 23.67 ± 11.76 minutes, ESD became 0.87 ± 0.41 mGy, 1.11 ± 0.57 mGy. (fluoroscopy time of EVAR was 2.0 times than TEVAR. DAP of EVAR was 1.2 times than TEVAR.) When using the device, adapted lesions and usage are different. This means that care changes in exposure-related factors. In this study, exposure trends of the stent graft implantation was able to grasp. It can be a helpful way to reduce/optimize the radiation dose in a hybrid OR system.

  16. Triple-barrel graft as a novel strategy to preserve supra-aortic branches in arch-TEVAR procedures: clinical study and systematic review.

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    Shahverdyan, R; Gawenda, M; Brunkwall, J

    2013-01-01

    To report our early experience with total endovascular repair of aortic-arch aneurysm using double chimney-grafts and present a literature overview. The double chimney-graft technique was performed in six male patients with contained ruptured aneurysm, dissecting aneurysm, pseudoaneurysm, penetrating aortic ulcer and proximal endoleak after TEVAR. Furthermore, a systematic electronic health database search of available articles was conducted according to PRISMA Guidelines. In all cases, all supra-aortic vessels had to be covered with aortic stent-graft to receive a sufficient landing and sealing zone. Chimney-grafts were introduced to the ascending aorta slightly deeper than the thoracic stent-grafts through the cut-down exposure of the common carotid arteries. We deployed aortic stent-grafts and self-expandable chimney-grafts simultaneously and successfully. The patient with contained ruptured aneurysm died due to cardiopulmonary failure on day 19, the others survived. We detected two 'gutter' endoleaks. As a result of literature search, 12 articles met the inclusion criteria. Two articles described the double-chimney technique. The use of double chimney-grafts is possible in high-risk patients where the proximal landing zone of endograft would be in zone 0. The available data is still limited. The long-term follow-up remains to be evaluated with the increased number of patients treated. Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Innovative Chimney-Graft Technique for Endovascular Repair of a Pararenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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    Galiñanes, Edgar Luis; Hernandez-Vila, Eduardo A.

    2015-01-01

    After abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, progressive degeneration of the aneurysm can be challenging to treat. Multiple comorbidities and previous operations place such patients at high risk for repeat surgery. Endovascular repair is a possible alternative; however, challenging anatomy can push the limits of available technology. We describe the case of a 71-year-old man who presented with a 5.3-cm pararenal aneurysm 4 years after undergoing open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. To avoid reoperation, we excluded the aneurysm by endovascular means, using visceral-artery stenting, a chimney-graft technique. Low-profile balloons on a monorail system enabled the rapid exchange of coronary wires via a buddy-wire technique. This novel approach facilitated stenting and simultaneous angioplasty of multiple visceral vessels and the abdominal aorta. PMID:25873796

  18. Branched stent-grafts deployed in the true and false lumen to exclude a post dissecting thoracoabdominal aneurysm.

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    Bertoglio, Luca; Marone, Enrico M; Civilini, Efrem; Cambiaghi, Tommaso; Mascia, Daniele; Chiesa, Roberto

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this case report was to present an endovascular treatment of a residual post-dissection Crawford type III thoracoabdominal aneurysm (TAA). A 60-year-old man, who had suffered from acute type B aortic dissection (TBAD) 8 years ago and had already been treated for both descending thoracic and infrarenal aortic aneurysm with open repair, presented with a 61mm post-dissection TAA. The aneurysm was successfully excluded with a staged fully endovascular procedure by employing two multibranched custom-made stent grafts deployed into the false lumen. The first stent-graft with a proximal monobranch was created to perfuse the right renal artery via the true lumen. The latter, with a triple branch design, was meant to perfuse the visceral arteries and left renal artery arising from the false lumen. Available branched custom-made stent-grafts for the treatment of degenerative TAA can be employed also in post TBAD aneurysms so as to simplify the procedure. The branched stent-grafts could be deployed within an enlarged false lumen provided that a suitable distal landing zone is available as well as that the visceral vessels can be perfused from the false lumen. A proximal branch for perfusing one of the lumens of the dissection from the proximal tear can be an alternative solution to creating neofenestrations.

  19. Combined open proximal and stent-graft distal repair for distal arch aneurysms: an alternative to total debranching.

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    Zierer, Andreas; Sanchez, Luis A; Moon, Marc R

    2009-07-01

    We present herein a novel, combined, simultaneous open proximal and stent-graft distal repair for complex distal aortic arch aneurysms involving the descending aorta. In the first surgical step, the transverse arch is opened during selective antegrade cerebral perfusion, and a Dacron graft (DuPont, Wilmington, DE) is positioned down the descending aorta in an elephant trunk-like fashion with its proximal free margin sutured circumferentially to the aorta just distal to the left subclavian or left common carotid artery. With the graft serving as the new proximal landing zone, subsequent endovascular repair is performed antegrade during rewarming through the ascending aorta.

  20. Endovascular Tubular Stent-Graft Placement for Isolated Iliac Artery Aneurysms

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    Okada, Takuya Yamaguchi, Masato; Kitagawa, Atsushi; Kawasaki, Ryota; Nomura, Yoshikatsu; Okita, Yutaka; Sugimura, Kazuro; Sugimoto, Koji

    2012-02-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the safety, efficacy, and mid-term outcomes of endovascular tubular stent-graft placement for repair of isolated iliac artery aneurysms (IAAs). Materials and Methods: Between January 2002 and March 2010, 20 patients (7 women and 13 men; mean age 74 years) underwent endovascular repair of 22 isolated IAAs. Two patients underwent endovascular repair for bilateral aneurysms. Ten para-anastomotic aneurysms (45%) developed after open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair with an aorto-iliac graft, and 12 were true aneurysms (55%). Eleven straight and 11 tapered stent-grafts were placed. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) was performed to detect complications and evaluate aneurysmal shrinkage at week 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and once every year thereafter. Non-contrast-enhanced CT was performed in seven patients with chronic kidney disease. Results: All procedures were successful, without serious complications, during the mean (range) follow-up period of 746 days (47-2651). Type II endoleak not requiring treatment was noted in one patient. The mean (SD) diameters of the true and para-anastomotic aneurysms significantly (p < 0.05) decreased from 42.0 (9.3) to 36.9 (13.6) mm and from 40.1 (13.0) to 33.6 (15.8) mm, respectively; the mean (SD) shrinkage rates were 15.1% (20.2%) and 18.9% (22.4%), respectively. The primary patency rate was 100%, and no secondary interventions were required. Four patients (21%) developed transient buttock claudication, and one patient (5%) developed colorectal ischaemia, which was treated conservatively. Conclusion: Endovascular tubular stent-graft placement for the repair of isolated IAAs is safe and efficacious. Tapered stent-grafts of various sizes are required for accurate placement.

  1. Fatal Aortic Rupture Complicating Stent Plasty in a Case of Aortoarteritis

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    Deshmukh, Hemant L.; Rathod, Krantikumar R. Sheth, Rahul J.; Garg, Ashwin

    2003-09-15

    Endovascular stenting has emerged as an effective alternative for unsuccessful angioplasty of the aorta in aortoarteritis. This is a single case report of fatal aortic rupture following balloon angioplasty of post-patch aortoplasty restenosis in aortoarteritis. We report a fatal aortic rupture during angioplasty of the primarily stented stenotic segment of the aorta in a case of aortoarteritis.

  2. Initial experience of branched endovascular graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm with complex anatomy of proximal neck: planning and technical considerations.

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    Higashiura, Wataru; Nagata, Takeshi; Tabayashi, Nobuoki; Itoh, Hirofumi; Sakaguchi, Shoji; Taniguchi, Shigeki; Kichikawa, Kimihiko; Uchida, Hideo

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this report was to demonstrate initial Japanese cases of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with complex anatomy of proximal neck treated using a Zenith fenestrated endograft with branched endovascular technique and to describe the device's design and technical considerations. Planning and sizing of endografts were performed using high-resolution computed tomography on a three-dimensional workstation. Branched endograft technique combined with reinforced fenestrated device and balloon-expandable stent graft was used in two patients because of challenging morphology for the fenestrated device with a bare stent. Successful exclusion of the aneurysm sac was achieved in both patients with antegrade perfusion in incorporated visceral vessels. Endovascular repair using a fenestrated device with graft material incorporating the visceral arteries is feasible. The combination of the reinforced fenestration and the balloon-expandable stent graft can provide an adequate sealing effect for the compromised anatomy. Initial and midterm results are reported with further follow-up and patient accrual.

  3. Ruptured aortic arch aneurysm: transposition of aortic arch branches after insertion of thoracic endovascular stent with extra-anatomic brain perfusion.

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    Coppola, Roberto; Bonifazi, Raffaele; Gucciardo, Marco; Pantaleo, Paolo

    2007-06-01

    Conventional surgical treatment of a ruptured aortic arch aneurysm is a challenging approach with a high rate of adverse outcomes. The midsternotomy can be complicated by total aortic disruption with often fatal massive hemorrhage. A preliminary cardiopulmonary bypass with peripheral cannulation and cooling is often preferred. Endovascular stents have been used in patients with thoraco-abdominal aneurysms, with good results. Its lone utilization for rupture of aortic arch aneurysm is not feasible because of the unavoidable occlusion of cerebral vessels' origins. A previous aorto-bicarotid bypass is mandatory and it requires the midsternotomy. Hence, we developed a combined technique. We performed a hybrid approach in a 74-year-old patient, affected by an aortic arch aneurysm, ruptured in its antero-inferior portion. First we ensured brain perfusion with a temporary surgical extra-anatomic (femoral-bicarotid) bypass. Then an endovascular stent graft was expanded from the distal portion of ascending aorta to the proximal one of the thoracic aorta, thus excluding the ruptured portion of the aortic arch. Then the patient underwent the definitive aorto-carotid bypass. This specific combined technique allows the complete treatment of a ruptured arch aneurysm, lowering the risks connected with sternothomic approach, mainly with previous cardiopulmonary bypass and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest.

  4. Percutaneous Endoluminal Stent and Stent-Graft Placement for the Treatment of Femoropopliteal Aneurysms: Early Experience

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    Mueller-Huelsbeck, Stefan; Link, Johann; Schwarzenberg, Helmut; Walluscheck, Knut P.; Heller, Martin

    1999-03-15

    Purpose: To determine the efficacy of percutaneous endoluminal stents and stent-grafts for the treatment of isolated femoropopliteal aneurysms. Methods: Seven men (age 51-69 years) with femoropopliteal occlusions (n= 6) related to aneurysms and a patent femoropopliteal aneurysm (n= 1) were treated percutaneously. In two patients uncovered Wallstents and in five patients polyester-covered nitinol stents were implanted. Assessment was performed with Doppler ultrasound and duplex ultrasonography 24 hr, 1, 3, 6, 12, and 24 months after the intervention. Additionally, intraarterial angiography was performed at 6 months. Results: Stent placement succeeded in all cases. No immediate adjunctive surgical treatment was necessary. Ankle-brachial index (ABI) improved from 0.29 {+-} 0.29 (SD) before to 0.78 {+-} 0.23 (SD) 24 hr after the intervention. One patient was lost to follow-up. Stent-graft occlusion occurred in four patients: after 2 days (n1), 1 month (n= 2), and 3 months (n= 1). One of the patients, whose stent occluded at 1 month, underwent successful recanalization with local fibrinolysis therapy. Three of the seven, all with three-vessel run-off, demonstrated patency of the stent, which was assessed by duplex ultrasonography at 29, 31, and 34 months. Breaking of the stent struts or significant stent migration was not observed. Conclusions: These results in a small number of patients warrant further investigation to evaluate the role of percutaneous stents in femoropopliteal aneurysms. Until further data of clinical studies are available, this method cannot be recommended, and it cannot replace surgical treatment.

  5. Classification of gutter type in parallel stenting during endovascular aortic aneurysm repair.

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    Overeem, Simon P; Boersen, Johannes T; Schuurmann, Richte C L; Groot Jebbink, Erik; Slump, Cornelis H; Reijnen, Michel M P J; de Vries, Jean-Paul P M

    2017-08-01

    Gutters can be described as the loss of continuous apposition between the main body of the endograft, the chimney stent graft, and the aortic wall. Gutters have been associated with increased risk of type IA endoleaks and are considered to be the Achilles' heel of chimney endovascular aneurysm repair (ch-EVAR). However, there is no classification yet to classify and quantify gutter types after ch-EVAR. Different gutter types can be distinguished by their morphologic appearance in two- and three-dimensional views and reconstructed slices perpendicular to the center lumen line. Three main categories are defined by (1) the most proximal beginning of the gutter, (2) the length of gutter alongside the endograft, and (3) its distal end. Type A gutters originate at the proximal fabric of an endograft, type B gutters originate as loss of apposition of the chimney stent graft in the branch vessel, and type C gutters start below the fabric of the endograft. To determine eventual changes of gutter size during follow-up computed tomography angiograms (CTAs), measurements may be performed with dedicated software on the follow-up CTA scan to assess the extent of gutters over the aortic circumference, ranging from 0° to 360° of freedom, together with the maximum gap between the endograft material and the aortic wall as it appears on reconstructed axial CTA scan slices. The proposed gutter classification enables a uniform nomenclature in the current ch-EVAR literature and a more accurate risk assessment of gutter-associated endoleaks. Moreover, it allows monitoring of eventual progression of gutter size during follow-up. Copyright © 2016 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Cubic Hermite Bezier spline based reconstruction of implanted aortic valve stents from CT images.

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    Gessat, Michael; Altwegg, Lukas; Frauenfelder, Thomas; Plass, André; Falk, Volkmar

    2011-01-01

    Mechanical forces and strain induced by transcatheter aortic valve implantation are usually named as origins for postoperative left ventricular arrhythmia associated with the technique. No quantitative data has been published so far to substantiate this common belief. As a first step towards quantitative analysis of the biomechanic situation at the aortic root after transapical aortic valve implantation, we present a spline-based method for reconstruction of the implanted stent from CT images and for locally measuring the deformation of the stent.

  7. Treatment of Venous Aortorenal Bypass Graft Aneurysm Using a Stent-Graft

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    Novotny, Jiri Peregrin, Jan H.; Stribrna, Jarmila; Janousek, Radim

    2010-02-15

    We present the case of a 77-year-old male patient who had undergone a bilateral venous aortorenal bypass graft 30 years previously. Thirteen years previously, the patient was shown to have a decrease in renal function, with mild shrinking of both kidneys; additionally, a stenosis was found in the left proximal anastomosis. At the most recent follow-up visit (1 year previously), ultrasound revealed an aneurysm (42 mm in diameter) of the left renal bypass graft; the finding was confirmed by CT angiography. A significant ostial stenosis of the left renal bypass graft was also confirmed. It was decided to place a self-expandable stent-graft into the aneurysm while also attempting to dilate the stenosis. Proximal endoleak after stent-graft placement necessitated the implantation of another, balloon-expandable stent-graft into the bypass graft ostium. Postprocedural angiography and follow-up by CT angiography at 3 months confirmed good patency of the stent-grafts and complete thrombosis of the aneurysmal sac, with preserved kidney perfusion. Renal function remained unaltered, while the hypertension is better controlled.

  8. Endovascular Stent-Grafting for Infected Iliac Artery Pseudoaneurysms

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    Sanada, Junichiro Matsui, Osamu; Arakawa, Fumitaka; Tawara, Mari; Endo, Tamao; Ito, Hiroshi; Ushijima, Satoshi; Endo, Masamitsu; Ikeda, Masahiro; Miyazu, Katsuyuki

    2005-01-15

    We report two cases of acutely infected pseudoaneurysms of the iliac arteries, successfully treated with endovascular stent-grafting. Two patients underwent stent-graft treatment for erosive rupture of the iliac artery caused by surrounding infection. The first case is that of a 61-year-old man who had undergone Miles' operation for an advanced rectal cancer. Postoperatively, he developed intrapelvic abscess formation, from which methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was cultured, followed by rupture of the right external iliac artery. The second case is that of a 60-year-old man who had a pseudoaneurysm of the left common iliac artery, which was contiguous with a left psoas muscle abscess, from which Streptococcus agalactiae was cultured. Both patients were successfully treated with only a stent-graft and antibiotic therapy, and remained symptom-free 12 months and 10 months later. Although endovascular stent-grafting should not be considered standard therapy for infected aneurysms, our cases suggest that it can result in repair of infected aneurysms even in the uncontrolled active stage.

  9. Ten-Year Follow-Up of Endovascular Aneurysm Treatment with Talent Stent-Grafts

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    Pitton, Michael B. Scheschkowski, Tobias; Ring, Markus; Herber, Sascha; Oberholzer, Katja; Leicher-Dueber, Annegret; Neufang, Achim; Schmiedt, Walther; Dueber, Christoph

    2009-09-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical results, complications, and secondary interventions during long-term follow-up after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and to investigate the impact of endoleak sizes on aneurysm shrinkage. From 1997 to March 2007, 127 patients (12 female, 115 male; age, 73.0 {+-} 7.2 years) with abdominal aortic aneurysms were treated with Talent stent-grafts. Follow-up included clinical visits, contrast-enhanced MDCT, and radiographs at 3, 6, and 12 months and then annually. Results were analyzed with respect to clinical outcome, secondary interventions, endoleak rate and management, and change in aneurysm size. There was no need for primary conversion surgery. Thirty-day mortality was 1.6% (two myocardial infarctions). Procedure-related morbidity was 2.4% (paraplegia, partial infarction of one kidney, and inguinal bleeding requiring surgery). Mean follow-up was 47.7 {+-} 34.2 months (range, 0-123 months). Thirty-nine patients died during follow-up; three of the deaths were related to aneurysm (aneurysm rupture due to endoleak, n = 1; secondary surgical reintervention n = 2). During follow-up, a total of 29 secondary procedures were performed in 19 patients, including 14 percutaneous procedures (10 patients) and 15 surgical procedures (12 patients), including 4 cases with late conversion to open aortic repair (stent-graft infection, n = 1; migration, endoleak, or endotension, n = 3). Overall mean survival was 84.5 {+-} 4.7 months. Mean survival and freedom from any event was 66.7 {+-} 4.5 months. MRI depicted significantly more endoleaks compared to MDCT (23.5% vs. 14.3%; P < 0.01). Patients in whom all aneurysm side branches were occluded prior to stent-grafting showed a significantly reduced incidence of large endoleaks. Endoleaks >10% of the aneurysm area were associated with reduced aneurysm shrinkage compared to no endoleaks or <10% endoleaks ({Delta} at 3 years, -1.8% vs. -12.0%; P < 0.05). In conclusion, endovascular

  10. Open Stented Grafts for Frozen Elephant Trunk Technique: Technical Aspects and Current Outcomes

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    Ma, Wei-Guo; Zheng, Jun; Sun, Li-Zhong; Elefteriades, John A.

    2015-01-01

    With growing experience in patients with aneurysms and dissections in the arch and proximal descending aorta, the frozen elephant trunk (FET) technique has been shown to be safe and effective, and has achieved favorable short to mid-term outcomes. As the FET technique is gaining wider acceptance, there is a growing need for versatile, technically simple, and highly durable open stented grafts involving less complicated deployment mechanisms enabling use in various indications. This paper gives a brief review on the technical aspects and clinical outcomes of currently available open stented grafts used in the FET technique, including the E-vita Open Plus, Thoraflex Hybrid, Cronus, and J Graft. While none of these grafts can claim to be an ideal device, technology continues to improve towards this goal. As newer devices and systems are developed, more widespread use of the FET technique can be expected; such progress promises to improve the clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with complex aortic diseases. PMID:27069943

  11. Open Stented Grafts for Frozen Elephant Trunk Technique: Technical Aspects and Current Outcomes.

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    Ma, Wei-Guo; Zheng, Jun; Sun, Li-Zhong; Elefteriades, John A

    2015-08-01

    With growing experience in patients with aneurysms and dissections in the arch and proximal descending aorta, the frozen elephant trunk (FET) technique has been shown to be safe and effective, and has achieved favorable short to mid-term outcomes. As the FET technique is gaining wider acceptance, there is a growing need for versatile, technically simple, and highly durable open stented grafts involving less complicated deployment mechanisms enabling use in various indications. This paper gives a brief review on the technical aspects and clinical outcomes of currently available open stented grafts used in the FET technique, including the E-vita Open Plus, Thoraflex Hybrid, Cronus, and J Graft. While none of these grafts can claim to be an ideal device, technology continues to improve towards this goal. As newer devices and systems are developed, more widespread use of the FET technique can be expected; such progress promises to improve the clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with complex aortic diseases.

  12. Explant analysis of AneuRx stent grafts: relationship between structural findings and clinical outcome.

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    Zarins, Christopher K; Arko, Frank R; Crabtree, Tami; Bloch, Daniel A; Ouriel, Kenneth; Allen, Robert C; White, Rodney A

    2004-07-01

    We reviewed the structural findings of explanted AneuRx stent grafts used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, and relate the findings to clinical outcome measures. We reviewed data for all bifurcated AneuRx stent grafts explanted at surgery or autopsy and returned to the manufacturer from the US clinical trial and worldwide experience of more than 33,000 implants from 1996 to 2003. Devices implanted for more than 1 month with structural analysis are included in this article. Explant results were analyzed in relation to cause of explantation and pre-explant evidence of endoleak, enlargement, or device migration. One hundred twenty explanted stent grafts, including 37 from the US clinical trial, were analyzed. Mean implant duration was 22 +/- 13 months (range, 1-61 months). Structural abnormalities included stent fatigue fractures, fabric abrasion holes, and suture breaks. The mean number of nitinol stent strut fractures per explanted device was 3 +/- 4, which represents less than 0.2% of the total number of stent struts in each device. The mean number of fabric holes per explanted device was 2 +/- 3, with a median hole size of 0.5 mm(2). Suture breaks were seen in most explanted devices, but composed less than 1.5% of the total number of sutures per device. "For cause" explants (n = 104) had a 10-month longer implant duration (P =.007) compared with "incidental" explants (n = 16). "For cause" explants had more fractures (3 +/- 5; P =.005) and fabric holes (2 +/- 3; P =.008) per device compared with "incidental" explants, but these differences were not significant (P =.3) when adjusted for duration of device implantation. Among clinical trial explants the number of fabric holes in grafts in patients with endoleak (2 +/- 3 per device) was no different from those without endoleak (3 +/- 4 per device; P = NS). The number of fatigue fractures or fabric holes was no different in grafts in clinical trial patients with pre-explant aneurysm enlargement compared with those

  13. Type-A acute aortic dissection: combined operation plus stent management.

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    Roux, Daniel; Brouchet, Laurent; Concina, Philippe; Elghobary, Tamer; Glock, Yves; Fournial, Gérard

    2002-05-01

    When the port of entry of acute type-A aortic dissection is at the level of the horizontal portion of the aortic arch, the latter should be replaced by a prosthesis. To avoid performing this difficult procedure in an emergency situation, we place a stent in the aortic arch. Then we replace the ascending aorta by a prosthesis.

  14. Hybrid Repair of Complex Thoracic Aortic Arch Pathology: Long-Term Outcomes of Extra-anatomic Bypass Grafting of the Supra-aortic Trunk

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    Lotfi, S. Clough, R. E.; Ali, T.; Salter, R.; Young, C. P.; Bell, R.; Modarai, B.; Taylor, P.

    2013-02-15

    Hybrid repair constitutes supra-aortic debranching before thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). It offers improved short-term outcome compared with open surgery; however, longer-term studies are required to assess patient outcomes and patency of the extra-anatomic bypass grafts. A prospectively maintained database of 380 elective and urgent patients who had undergone TEVAR (1997-2011) was analyzed retrospectively. Fifty-one patients (34 males; 17 females) underwent hybrid repair. Median age was 71 (range, 18-90) years with mean follow-up of 15 (range, 0-61) months. Perioperative complications included death: 10 % (5/51), stroke: 12 % (6/51), paraplegia: 6 % (3/51), endoleak: 16 % (8/51), rupture: 4 % (2/51), upper-limb ischemia: 2 % (1/51), bypass graft occlusion: 4 % (2/51), and cardiopulmonary complications in 14 % (7/51). Three patients (6 %) required emergency intervention for retrograde dissection: (2 aortic root repairs; 2 innominate stents). Early reintervention was performed for type 1 endoleak in two patients (2 proximal cuff extensions). One patient underwent innominate stenting and revision of their bypass for symptomatic restenosis. At 48 months, survival was 73 %. Endoleak was detected in three (6 %) patients (type 1 = 2; type 2 = 1) requiring debranching with proximal stent graft (n = 2) and proximal extension cuff (n = 1). One patient had a fatal rupture of a mycotic aneurysm and two arch aneurysms expanded. No bypass graft occluded after the perioperative period. Hybrid operations to treat aortic arch disease can be performed with results comparable to open surgery. The longer-term outcomes demonstrate low rates of reintervention and high rates of graft patency.

  15. Exclusion of Atherosclerotic Plaque from the Circulation Using Stent-Grafts: Alternative to Carotid Stenting with a Protection Device?

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    Peynircioglu, Bora Geyik, Serdar; Yavuz, Kivilcim; Cil, Barbaros E.; Saatci, Isil; Cekirge, Saruhan

    2007-09-15

    Purpose. To retrospectively assess the feasibility, safety, and clinical mid-term outcome of patients undergoing carotid artery stenting with stent-grafts. Methods. Over a 4 year period stent-grafts were used in the endovascular treatment of symptomatic internal carotid artery stenosis in 12 patients (2 women, 10 men, aged 47-83 (mean 64) years). Protection devices were not used. Possible microembolic complications were evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations of the brain before and the day after the procedure in all patients. Mean follow-up was 22 months (range 1-42 months), by Doppler ultrasonography and conventional angiography as well as clinical examination .Results. The technical success rate was 100%. A total of 13 coronary stent-grafts were used. The mean stenosis rate (in terms of diameter) was 85% and the mean length of stent-grafts used was 20.9 mm. The mean diameter to which the stent-grafts were dilated was 4.66 mm. In-hospital complications occurred in 1 patient who suffered a minor femoral access hematoma that did not require transfusion or surgical decompression. Post-stenting diffusion-weighted MRI revealed several ipsilateral silent microemboli in only 1 case, which was completely asymptomatic. Two patients had a major stroke after 2 years of follow-up. Restenosis was found in 2 patients who underwent successful balloon dilatation followed by placement of a self-expandable bare stent within the stent-grafts. Conclusions. Stent-grafts may prevent microembolic complications during stenting of atherosclerotic carotid lesions in selected cases, offering immediate exclusion of the atherosclerotic lesion from the circulation by pressing the plaque against the vessel wall. Comparative, randomized studies in larger series of patients are needed with carotid-dedicated stent-graft designs.

  16. Technical features of the INCRAFT™ AAA Stent Graft System.

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    Bertoglio, L; Logaldo, D; Marone, E M; Rinaldi, E; Chiesa, R

    2014-10-01

    The INCRAFT® AAA Stent Graft System is the advanced endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) technology for the treatment of infrarenal abdominal aneurysms. This new system is designed to address the unmet needs of current endografts by combining unique features and adding new refinements compared to existing endografts delivered through a flexible 14-Fr ultra-low system. The INCRAFT® AAA Stent Graft System introduces innovative features without deviating from proven stent-graft design principles. It is a three-piece modular system, made of low porosity polyester and segmented nitinol stents. However, the introduction of cap-free delivery and partial proximal repositioning enhances the ability of the device to better match individual aortoiliac anatomy with a high deliverability and placement accuracy in a easy to use system. Moreover, the INCRAFT® System allows a "customization" of the implant during the procedure with bilateral in-situ length adjustment features. The present data from the ongoing clinical trials confirm excellent results with this system, but postmarket studies will be necessary to verify the effectiveness of this system in the real-world setting.

  17. Results of the VALOR II trial of the Medtronic Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft.

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    Conrad, Mark F; Tuchek, James; Freezor, Robert; Bavaria, Joseph; White, Rodney; Fairman, Ronald

    2017-08-01

    The 1-year results of endovascular exclusion of degenerative descending thoracic aortic aneurysms (DTA) with the Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft (Medtronic Vascular, Santa Rosa, Calif) have been previously reported. With long-term follow-up now complete, the 5-year results are reported. The VALOR II trial (Evaluation of the Clinical Performance of the Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft System in the Treatment of Descending Thoracic Aneurysms of Degenerative Etiology in Subjects Who Are Candidates for Endovascular Repair) was a prospective, nonrandomized trial of the Valiant Thoracic Stent Graft system in patients with degenerative DTA. The trial involved 24 sites in the United States and enrolled patients between December 2006 and September 2009. Standard follow-up included physical examination, computed tomography, and chest radiography through 5 years. The study enrolled 160 patients. The average age was 72.2 years (range, 36-85 years), 95 (59%) were men, 150 (94%) had hypertension, and 26 (16%) had renal insufficiency. There were 50 patients (31%) who presented with symptoms; back pain was the most common (34 [68%]). The average aneurysm diameter was 57 mm (range, 32-96 mm). There were 103 patients (64%) with a fusiform aneurysm and 57 (36%) with a saccular aneurysm or penetrating ulcer. Two or more devices were implanted in 126 patients (79%), and the maximum number of grafts implanted was four. There were 54 deaths during the study. The 5-year actuarial survival was 64%. There were eight aneurysm-related deaths (5 deaths ≤30 days of implant), and the 5-year freedom from aneurysm-related death was 95%. There was one conversion to open repair at 36 months. Eleven patients underwent 13 secondary procedures (9 for endoleak, 3 for aneurysm expansion, and 1 rupture). Follow-up imaging was available at 5 years for 56 patients. The average aortic diameter decreased >5 mm in 27 patients (48%), increased >5 mm in 6 patients (11%), and remained unchanged in 23 (41

  18. Delayed Type IIIb endoleak secondary to graft fabric tear 7 years following implantation of a Medtronic Talent endovascular aortic device: A case report and review of the literature.

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    Kansal, Vinay; Nagpal, Sudhir

    2016-01-01

    To report a rare case of delayed Type IIIb endoleak secondary to fabric tear following implantation of a Medtronic Talent endovascular device. A 83-year old gentleman underwent elective endovascular aneurysm repair for infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm with a Medtronic bifurcated stent graft in 2008. Seven years after the initial repair, imaging surveillance revealed significant endoleak and brisk aneurysm sac expansion due to Type IIIb endoleak secondary to endograft limb fabric tear. This case illustrates the imperative role of imaging surveillance in detection of long-term endovascular aneurysm repair complications. Furthermore, we discuss exclusion of the graft tear with aortouniiliac stent grafting as the treatment for this complication.

  19. Pitfalls of stenting coarctation of an angulated right circumflex aortic arch in Goldenhar syndrome.

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    Rad, Elaheh Malakan; Mortezaeian, Hojjat; Pouraliakbar, Hamid Reza; Hijazi, Ziyad M

    2017-01-01

    We report stenting of coarctation of an angulated right circumflex aortic arch (RCAA) using four Cheatham Platinum stents in a child with Goldenhar syndrome. Difficulties in measuring the accurate length of the curved and narrowed transverse aortic arch marked discrepancy between the luminal diameters of the long narrow transverse arch and wide descending thoracic aorta, increased displacement force caused by the 90° bend between the two parts resulted in repeated stent migrations. We discuss the tips to avoid distal stent migration in the setting of an angulated RCAA.

  20. Hybrid endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm in a patient with Behçet's disease following right to left carotid-carotid bypass grafting.

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    Hong, Soonchang; Park, Han Ki; Shim, Won-Heum; Youn, Young-Nam

    2011-03-01

    Endovascular repair of inflammatory aortic aneurysms has been reported as an alternative to open surgical treatment. In selective cases, adjunctive bypass surgery may be required to provide an adequate landing zone. We report a case of endovascular repair of an inflammatory aortic aneurysm in a patient with Behçet's disease using a carotid-carotid bypass graft to provide an adequate landing zone. A 45-yr-old man with a voice change was referred to our hospital with the diagnosis of saccular aneurysm of the distal aortic arch resulting from vasculitis. Computed tomography showed a thoracic aortic aneurysm with thrombosis. Right to left carotid-carotid bypass grafting was performed. After 8 days, the patient underwent an endovascular stent graft placement distal to the origin of the innominate artery. The patient was discharged with medication and without postoperative complications after 5 days. Hybrid endovascular treatment may be suitable a complementary modality for repairing inflammatory aortic aneurysms.

  1. Fenestrated Endovascular Grafts for the Repair of Juxtarenal Aortic Aneurysms

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    2009-01-01

    Executive Summary Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) allows the exclusion of the dilated aneurismal segment of the aorta from the systematic circulation. The procedure requires, however, that the endograft extends to the healthy parts of the aorta above and below the aneurysm, yet the neck of a juxtarenal aortic aneurysm (JRA) is too short for a standard endovascular repair. Fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (f—EVAR) provides a solution to overcome this problem by enabling the continuation of blood flow to the renal and visceral arteries through holes or ‘fenestrations’ in the graft. These fenestrations are designed to match the ostial diameter of the renal and visceral arteries. There are three varieties fenestration, small, large, and scallop, and their location needs to be customized to fit the anatomy of the patient. If the device is not properly designed, if the alignment is inaccurate, or if the catheterization of the visceral arteries is not possible, the procedure may fail. In such cases, conversion to open surgery may become the only option as fenestrated endografts are not retrievable. It is recommended that a stent be placed within each small fenestration to the target artery to prevent shuttering of the artery or occlusion. Many authors have noted an increased risk of vessel occlusion in unstented fenestrations and scallops. Once placed in a patient, life-long follow-up at regular intervals is necessary to ensure the graft remains in its intended location, and that the components have adequate overlap. Should the need arise, routine follow-up allows the performance of timely and appropriate intervention through detection of events that could impact the long-term outcomes. Alternative Technology The technique of fenestrated endovascular grafting is still in evolution and few studies have been with published mid-term outcome data. As the technique become more common in vascular surgery practices, it will be important to

  2. Successful percutaneous stent implantation for isolated dismal transverse aortic arch kinking

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    Zuo, Zhi-Liang; Tsauo, Jia-Yu; Chen, Mao; Feng, Yuan

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Rationale: Isolated dismal transverse aortic arch kinking in adults is rare, and there is no recommended therapy at present. Percutaneous stent implantation may be an effective method to correct it and could be considered. Patient concerns: We report a 46-year-old woman who suffered from recurrent migraine and refractory hypertension with a significant systolic blood pressure difference between upper limbs. Diagnoses: The woman was diagnosed with isolated dismal transverse aortic arch kinking with refractory hypertension. Interventions: Percutaneous stent implantation was performed. Due to the kinking nature of the diseased transverse aortic arch, the first covered stent moved forward to the proximal transverse aortic arch during deploying without the left common carotid artery occlusion. And then, a second stent was placed to cover the residual kinked part of the dismal transverse arch. Outcomes: Angiography and post-procedural computed tomography angiography revealed fully corrected of the diseased segment. At 6-month follow-up after procedure, the patient was free of any symptoms and had a normal blood pressure under antihypertensive treatment. Lessons: This case indicates that transverse aortic arch kinking in isolation can be well treated by percutaneous stent implantation in adult patients. Unlike pure aortic coarctation, elongation and bucking give the rise to the occurrence rate of stent sliding and migration and sometimes a second stent is needed. PMID:28272200

  3. Stent graft repair of anastomotic pseudoaneurysm of femoral–popliteal bypass graft following patch angioplasty

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    Carollo, Andrea; Gagliardo, Giovanni; DeVito, Peter M.; Cicchillo, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Pseudoaneurysm (PA) following vascular reconstruction is a complication of bypass surgery. Historically, the mainstay of treatment was an open repair; the surgical management consisted of resection of the initial graft with reimplantation of a new bypass either into the original arteriotomy or to a more distal target. Placement of a stent graft to exclude the PA is a viable option. We present a case of an 85-year-old man with prior history of polytetrafluoroethylene femoral–popliteal bypass now with an 8 × 5.6 cm PA of the distal anastomosis site treated with endovascular placement of a Viabahn stent. PMID:27994009

  4. [Aortic reconstruction with graft materials resistant to bacterial infections].

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    Hassen-Khodja, Réda; Sadaghianloo, Nirvana; Jean-Baptiste, Élixène

    2013-01-01

    Synthetic graft infection is a rare but extremely serious complication of aortic reconstruction procedures, with morbidity-mortality rates as high as 60 %. Some of the proteins (albumin, gelatin, collagen) used to coat polyester graft materials can establish ionic bonds with antibiotics or can capture antiseptics such as triclosan or ionic silver in their matrices. These active substances are then released from the graft, at varying rates, during the coating degradation that takes place during the weeks following polyester graft implantation in living tissues. Rifampin-bonded prostheses have proved effective against S. aureus and S. epidermidis in several canine models of synthetic aortic graft infection. Rifampin-bonded grafts have also been used successfully in patients with synthetic aortic graft infection by low-virulence bacteria. However, their effectiveness may be limited by the diverse and changing ecology of synthetic aortic graft infections, with an increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and polymicrobial infections. These include species that are naturally, or are likely to become, resistant to rifampin. We evaluated silver-ion-bonded prostheses in this setting but observed a disappointingly high mid-term rate of recurrent infections. Over the past few years we have been involved in the development of polyester vascular prostheses functionalized with a hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin polymeric matrix that can capture and elute several therapeutic agents. The results are promising, as these prostheses enable the sustained release of various antibiotics in amounts several times their minimum inhibitory concentrations. This provides a unique opportunity to functionalize materials for aortic graft reconstruction, based on epidemiological data or individual bacteriological findings.

  5. Clinical outcomes following stent implantation in internal mammary artery grafts.

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    Sharma, Arvind K; McGlynn, Scott; Apple, Sue; Pinnow, Ellen; Canos, Daniel A; Gevorkian, Natalie; Tebeica, Mihaela; Gruberg, Luis; Pichard, Augusto D; Lindsay, Joseph

    2003-08-01

    We evaluated our experience with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of internal mammary artery (IMA) grafts. From the institution's database we identified 288 patients with 311 IMA lesions. Of these, 82 (26.4%) had stents placed during PCI. Angiographic success was 92%. Mortality at 1 month was 1.7%, myocardial infarction (MI) 15.7%, and target lesion revascularization (TLR) 0.4%. Cumulative 1-year event rates were mortality 6.4%, MI 20.4%, and TLR 8.0%. TLR rates were significantly higher in the stented lesions than lesions treated with angioplasty alone (19.2% vs. 4.9%; P = 0.004). The higher TLR rate in stented lesions was most apparent at the anastomotic site (25.0% vs. 4.2%; P = 0.006). Percutaneous revascularization of IMA grafts can be performed safely with high procedural success and excellent short- and long-term results. Stenting, particularly at the anastomotic site, was associated with significantly greater rates of TLR than angioplasty alone.

  6. Endovascular treatment of proximal arsastomotic aneurysms after aortic prosthetic reconstruction

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    Tiesenhausen, Kurt; Hausegger, Klaus A.; Tauss, Josef; Amann, Wilfried; Koch, Guenter

    2001-01-15

    Purpose: To describe the efficacy and value of endovascular stent-grafts for the treatment of aortic anastomotic pseudo-aneurysms.Methods: Three patients with proximal aortic anastomotic pseudoaneurysms 8-15 years after prosthetic reconstruction were treated by transfemoral stent-graft implantation. In two patients the pseudoaneurysms were excluded by Talent prostheses [tube graft (n=1), bifurcated graft (n=s1)]. In one patient an uniiliac Zenith stent-graft was implanted and an extra-anatomic crossover bypass for revascularization of the contralateral lower extremity was performed.Results: All procedures were successful with primary exclusion of the pseudoaneurysms. During the follow-up (mean 16 months) one endoleak occurred due to migration of the tube stent-graft. The endoleak was sealed successfully by implanting an additional bifurcated stent-graft.Conclusion: Stent-graft exclusion of aortic pseudoaneurysms offers a minimally invasive and safe alternative to open surgical reconstruction.

  7. Endovascular Treatment of Proximal Anastomotic Aneurysms After Aortic Prosthetic Reconstruction

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    Tiesenhausen, Kurt; Hausegger, Klaus A.; Tauss, Josef; Amann, Wilfried; Koch, Guenter

    2001-01-15

    Purpose: To describe the efficacy and value of endovascular stent-grafts for the treatment of aortic anastomotic pseudoaneurysms.Methods: Three patients with proximal aortic anastomotic pseudoaneurysms 8-15 years after prosthetic reconstruction were treated by transfemoral stent-graft implantation. In two patients the pseudoaneurysms were excluded by Talent prostheses [tube graft (n = 1), bifurcated graft (n = 1)]. In one patient an uni iliac Zenith stent-graft was implanted and an extra-anatomic crossover bypass for revascularization of the contralateral lower extremity was performed.Results: All procedures were successful with primary exclusion of the pseudoaneurysms. During the follow-up (mean 16 months) one endoleak occurred due to migration of the tube stent-graft. The endoleak was sealed successfully by implanting an additional bifurcated stent-graft.Conclusion: Stent-graft exclusion of aortic pseudoaneurysms offers a minimally invasive and safe alternative to open surgical reconstruction.

  8. Multifaceted prospects of nanocomposites for cardiovascular grafts and stents

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    Vellayappan, Muthu Vignesh; Balaji, Arunpandian; Subramanian, Aruna Priyadarshini; John, Agnes Aruna; Jaganathan, Saravana Kumar; Murugesan, Selvakumar; Supriyanto, Eko; Yusof, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death across the globe. The use of synthetic materials is indispensable in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Major drawbacks related to the use of biomaterials are their mechanical properties and biocompatibility, and these have to be circumvented before promoting the material to the market or clinical setting. Revolutionary advancements in nanotechnology have introduced a novel class of materials called nanocomposites which have superior properties for biomedical applications. Recently, there has been a widespread recognition of the nanocomposites utilizing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, bacterial cellulose, silk fibroin, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes in cardiovascular grafts and stents. The unique characteristics of these nanocomposites have led to the development of a wide range of nanostructured copolymers with appreciably enhanced properties, such as improved mechanical, chemical, and physical characteristics suitable for cardiovascular implants. The incorporation of advanced nanocomposite materials in cardiovascular grafts and stents improves hemocompatibility, enhances antithrombogenicity, improves mechanical and surface properties, and decreases the microbial response to the cardiovascular implants. A thorough attempt is made to summarize the various applications of nanocomposites for cardiovascular graft and stent applications. This review will highlight the recent advances in nanocomposites and also address the need of future research in promoting nanocomposites as plausible candidates in a campaign against cardiovascular disease. PMID:25897223

  9. Multifaceted prospects of nanocomposites for cardiovascular grafts and stents.

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    Vellayappan, Muthu Vignesh; Balaji, Arunpandian; Subramanian, Aruna Priyadarshini; John, Agnes Aruna; Jaganathan, Saravana Kumar; Murugesan, Selvakumar; Supriyanto, Eko; Yusof, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death across the globe. The use of synthetic materials is indispensable in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Major drawbacks related to the use of biomaterials are their mechanical properties and biocompatibility, and these have to be circumvented before promoting the material to the market or clinical setting. Revolutionary advancements in nanotechnology have introduced a novel class of materials called nanocomposites which have superior properties for biomedical applications. Recently, there has been a widespread recognition of the nanocomposites utilizing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, bacterial cellulose, silk fibroin, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes in cardiovascular grafts and stents. The unique characteristics of these nanocomposites have led to the development of a wide range of nanostructured copolymers with appreciably enhanced properties, such as improved mechanical, chemical, and physical characteristics suitable for cardiovascular implants. The incorporation of advanced nanocomposite materials in cardiovascular grafts and stents improves hemocompatibility, enhances antithrombogenicity, improves mechanical and surface properties, and decreases the microbial response to the cardiovascular implants. A thorough attempt is made to summarize the various applications of nanocomposites for cardiovascular graft and stent applications. This review will highlight the recent advances in nanocomposites and also address the need of future research in promoting nanocomposites as plausible candidates in a campaign against cardiovascular disease.

  10. Initial single-site experience with the Ovation abdominal stent-graft system in patients with challenging aortoiliac anatomy.

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    Irace, Luigi; Venosi, Stefano; Gattuso, Roberto; Laurito, Antonella; Pompa, Valentina; Pasinati, Giacomo; Bresadola, Luciano

    2016-12-01

    Aim of the study was to evaluate the initial results of endovascular aneurysm repair with the Ovation abdominal stent-graft system in patients with challenging aortoiliac anatomy. The Ovation stent-graft is an ultra-low profile, modular endovascular graft characterized by a 14F OD delivery system, active suprarenal fixation, and polymer-filled proximal rings that allow sealing in short (≥7 mm) proximal necks. Between November 2010 and January 2012, 14 patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) (male: 100%, mean age: 76 years, mean AAA diameter: 54 mm) and challenging aortoiliac anatomy were treated with the Ovation endograft at a single centre. Mean patient follow-up was 5 months. All cases were performed under local or epidural anesthesia. No operative deaths or major complications were noted. A type I endoleak was detected on final angiogram in one case, which was successfully treated with additional ballooning and Palmaz stenting of the hooking landing zone. One patient died at 2 months due to myocardial infarction unrelated to the device or procedure. AAA-related mortality was 0%. No AAA rupture, AAA enlargement, type I or III endoleak, stent migration, access site complication, or conversion to open surgery was reported during follow-up. A type II endoleak was successfully treated with a right lumbar artery embolization at 4 months. Occlusion of an iliac axis was successfully managed with local fibrinolysis and implantation of a covered stent in the external iliac artery. Initial outcomes of this single-center experience suggest that the Ovation abdominal stent-graft system is a promising treatment in AAA patients with challenging aortoiliac anatomy.

  11. Transcaval access for TAVR across a polyester aortic graft.

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    Lederman, Robert J; O'Neill, William W; Greenbaum, Adam B

    2015-06-01

    Transcaval access to the aorta allows transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients without other good access options. The resulting aorto-caval fistula is closed with a nitinol cardiac occluder device. There is no experience traversing a synthetic aortic graft to perform transcaval access and closure. We describe a patient who underwent successful traversal of a polyester aortic graft using radiofrequency energy applied from the tip of a guidewire, to allow retrograde transcatheter aortic valve replacement from a femoral vein, along with details of our technique. The patient did well and was discharged home after 3 days. There was residual aorto-caval fistulous flow immediately after implantation of a polyester-seeded nitinol muscular ventricular septal defect occluder device, but this fistula spontaneously occluded within one month.

  12. Transcaval Access for TAVR Across a Polyester Aortic Graft

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    Lederman, Robert J.; O’Neill, William W.; Greenbaum, Adam B.

    2015-01-01

    Transcaval access to the aorta allows transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients without other good access options. The resulting aortocaval fistula is closed with a nitinol cardiac occluder device. There is no experience traversing a synthetic aortic graft to perform transcaval access and closure. We describe a patient who underwent successful traversal of a polyester aortic graft using radiofrequency energy applied from the tip of a guidewire, to allow retrograde transcatheter aortic valve replacement from a femoral vein, along with details of our technique. The patient did well and was discharged home after 3 days. There was residual aortocaval fistulous flow immediately after implantation of a polyester-seeded nitinol muscular ventricular septal defect occluder device, but this fistula spontaneously occluded within one month. PMID:25510917

  13. Hybrid treatment for complex aortic problems combining surgery and stenting in the integrated operating theater.

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    Brueck, Martin; Heidt, Martin C; Szente-Varga, Michael; Bandorski, Dirk; Kramer, Wilfried; Vogt, Paul R

    2006-12-01

    Conventional surgical treatment of complex aortic pathologies involving several thoracoabdominal aortic segments necessitates extended incisions or subsequent surgeries, resulting in significant mortality and morbidity rates. The combination of surgery and simultaneous stenting in the operating theater may reduce the surgical trauma. A total of nine patients (62 +/- 10 years, range 44-70) underwent a combined surgical and endovascular treatment of thoracic or thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms or chronic dissection. Five patients were treated with viscero-renal artery translocation followed by transfemoral stenting of the entire thoracoabdominal aorta. Two patients underwent debranching of the supraaortic vessels followed by immediate transfemoral stenting of the aortic arch, and two patients with a history of an ascending aortic aneurysm repair were treated with open surgical debranching of the supraaortic trunks and repair of the ascending aorta and aortic arch with elephant trunk technique. Preoperatively, magnetic resonance imaging was used to check supraaortic and intracranial vessels as well as the completeness of the Circle of Willisi prior to arch stenting and/or supraaortic vessel surgery. Cerebrospinal fluid drainage and induced mild hypertension have been used for one-step thoracoabdominal aortic stenting. Thirty-day mortality rate and incidence of paraplegia was 0%. There was a single reversible perioperative stroke after aortic arch stenting. One patient required temporary renal replacement therapy using continuous arterio-venous hemofiltration. There was one early reoperation at the superior mesenteric artery after viscero-renal translocation. Four type I endoleaks occurred in three patients requiring two interventions. All patients have been discharged to home. The innovative combination of simultaneous conventional surgery and stenting reduces the operative burden for patients with complex aortic pathologies involving several segments of the thoracic

  14. Long Term Results of Kissing Stents in the Aortic Bifurcation.

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    Hinnen, J W; Konickx, M A; Meerwaldt, R; Kolkert, J L P; van der Palen, J; Huisman, A B; Geelkerken, R H

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the long-term outcome after aortoiliac kissing stent placement and to analyze variables, which potentially influence the outcome of endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation. All patients treated with aortoiliac kissing stents at our institution between April 1995 and August 2011 were retrospectively identified from a prospective single-center database. Data regarding patient characteristics (age, gender, smoking, cardio- and cerebrovascular risk factors, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus and use of antihypertensive medication), symptoms, pre-interventional examination and imaging, procedural details and follow-up were retrieved. Patency rates were calculated with Kaplan-Meier analysis. Factors affecting the patency were determined with Cox uni- and multivariate analysis. A total of 215 patients (63% men, mean age 61 ± 10 years) were included. The median follow-up period was 31 (IQR 47.1) months. Primary, primary assisted, and secondary patency rates were 97%, 97%, and 99%, respectively, at one month; 92%, 95% and 94% at four months; 75%, 86%, and 91% at two years; 70%, 81%, and 91% at 5 years; and 67%, 81%, and 91% at ten years. Younger age and previous aortoiliac treatment were predictors for reduced primary and primary assisted patency. Smoking, previous aortoiliac intervention, TASC C and D lesions were predictors for reduced secondary patency. Reconstruction of the aortoiliac bifurcation with kissing stents is feasible, safe and effective in all types of lesions with satisfying long term patencies. TASC C and D lesions are associated with a higher occlusion rate. Younger age and previous aortoiliac interventions are predictors for reduced primary and primary assisted patency. © Acta Chirurgica Belgica.

  15. Stent graft versus balloon angioplasty for failing dialysis-access grafts.

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    Haskal, Ziv J; Trerotola, Scott; Dolmatch, Bart; Schuman, Earl; Altman, Sanford; Mietling, Samuel; Berman, Scott; McLennan, Gordon; Trimmer, Clayton; Ross, John; Vesely, Thomas

    2010-02-11

    The leading cause of failure of a prosthetic arteriovenous hemodialysis-access graft is venous anastomotic stenosis. Balloon angioplasty, the first-line therapy, has a tendency to lead to subsequent recoil and restenosis; however, no other therapies have yet proved to be more effective. This study was designed to compare conventional balloon angioplasty with an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene endovascular stent graft for revision of venous anastomotic stenosis in failing hemodialysis grafts. We conducted a prospective, multicenter trial, randomly assigning 190 patients who were undergoing hemodialysis and who had a venous anastomotic stenosis to undergo either balloon angioplasty alone or balloon angioplasty plus placement of the stent graft. Primary end points included patency of the treatment area and patency of the entire vascular access circuit. At 6 months, the incidence of patency of the treatment area was significantly greater in the stent-graft group than in the balloon-angioplasty group (51% vs. 23%, P<0.001), as was the incidence of patency of the access circuit (38% vs. 20%, P=0.008). In addition, the incidence of freedom from subsequent interventions at 6 months was significantly greater in the stent-graft group than in the balloon-angioplasty group (32% vs. 16%, P=0.03 by the log-rank test and P=0.04 by the Wilcoxon rank-sum test). The incidence of binary restenosis at 6 months was greater in the balloon-angioplasty group than in the stent-graft group (78% vs. 28%, P<0.001). The incidences of adverse events at 6 months were equivalent in the two treatment groups, with the exception of restenosis, which occurred more frequently in the balloon-angioplasty group (P<0.001). In this study, percutaneous revision of venous anastomotic stenosis in patients with a prosthetic hemodialysis graft was improved with the use of a stent graft, which appears to provide longer-term and superior patency and freedom from repeat interventions than standard balloon

  16. Antibiotic therapy of aortic graft infection: treatment and prevention recommendations.

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    Hodgkiss-Harlow, Kelley D; Bandyk, Dennis F

    2011-12-01

    Surgical site infection (SSI) after aortic intervention, an uncommon but serious vascular condition, requires patient-specific antibiotic therapy. Effective treatment and prevention requires the vascular surgeon to be cognizant of changing SSI microbiology, advances in antibiotic delivery, and patient characteristics. The majority of aortic graft infections are caused by Gram-positive bacteria, with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus now the prevalent pathogen. Nasal carriage of methicillin-sensitive or methicillin-resistant S aureus strains, diabetes mellitus, recent hospitalization, a failed arterial reconstruction, and the presence of a groin incision are important SSI risk factors. Overall, the aortic SSI rate is higher than predicted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance risk category system; ranging from 5% after open or endovascular aortic interventions to as high as 10% to 15% after aortofemoral bypass or uni-aortoiliac grafting with femorofemoral bypass. Perioperative measures to reduce S aureus nares and skin colonization, administration of antibiotic prophylaxis, meticulous wound closure/care, and therapy directed to optimize patient host defense regulation mechanisms (eg, temperature, oxygenation, blood sugar) can minimize SSI occurrence. Antibiotic therapy for aortic graft infection should utilize bactericidal drugs that penetrate bacteria biofilms and can be delivered to the surgical site both parenterally and locally in the form of antibiotic-impregnated beads or prosthetic grafts.

  17. Magnetic Resonance Angiography of Nonferromagnetic Iliac Artery Stents and Stent-Grafts: A Comparative Study in Sheep

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    Schuermann, Karl; Vorwerk, Dierk; Buecker, Arno; Neuerburg, Joerg; Grosskortenhaus, Stefanie; Haage, Patrick; Piroth, Werner; Hunter, David W.; Guenther, Rolf W.

    1999-09-15

    Purpose: To compare nonferromagnetic iliac artery prostheses in their suitability for patency monitoring with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) using conventional angiography as a reference. Methods: In experiment 1, three Memotherm stents were inserted into the iliac arteries of each of six sheep: two 'tandem' stents on one side and a single stent on the other side. In experiment 2, four prostheses (normal and low-porosity Corvita stent-grafts, Memotherm, ZA-stent) were inserted in each of 11 sheep. Patency was monitored before and 1, 3, and 6 months after insertion with 3D phase-contrast and two 2D time-of-flight sequences (TOF-1: TR/TE = 18/6.9, TOF-2: 13/2.5) with and without contrast at 1.5 T. On 206 coronal MIP images (72 pre-, 134 post-stenting), three readers analyzed 824 iliac segments (206 x 4) for patency and artifacts. Results: There was no difference in the number of artifacts between tandem and single iliac Memotherm stents. The ZA-stent induced significantly fewer artifacts than the other prostheses (p < 0.00001). With MRA, patency of the ZA-stent was correctly diagnosed in 88% of cases, which was almost comparable to nonstented iliac segments (95%), patency of the Memotherm stent in 59%, and of the Corvita stent-grafts in 57% and 55%. The TOF-2 sequence with contrast yielded the best images. Conclusion: MRA compatibility of nonferromagnetic prostheses depends strongly on the design of the device. MRA may be used to monitor the patency of iliac ZA-stents, whereas iliac Memotherm stents and Corvita stent-grafts appear to be less suited for follow-up with MRA.

  18. An Experimental Study of Endovascular Stenting with Special Reference to the Effects on the Aortic Vasa Vasorum

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    Sanada, Jun-Ichiro; Matsui, Osamu; Yoshikawa, Jun; Matsuoka, Toshihiko

    1998-01-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the effects of bare stents and covered stents on the aortic wall, especially the vasa vasorum. Methods: Eight bare stents and nine covered stents were placed in the infrarenal aorta of nine dogs. The dogs were euthanized at 4-45 weeks after stent placement. The vasa vasorum was evaluated by microstereoscopy with vascular casting, and the histopathology of the aortic wall was examined by light microscopy. Results: In the unstented normal aorta, vasa vasorum nourished the adventitia and the outer media, and the intima and inner media were avascular. In the stented segment, vascular dilatation and proliferation of vasa vasorum, medial atrophy, and intimal hyperplasia were observed, more prominent for covered stents than for bare stents. Conclusion: Intravascular stent placement caused not only medial atrophy and intimal hyperplasia but also proliferation of the vasa vasorum, probably due to hypoxia in the aortic wall.

  19. One stage surgical treatment of aortic valve disease and aortic coarctation with aortic bypass grafting through the diaphragm and aortic valve replacement.

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    Yu, Zipu; Wu, Shengjun; Li, Chengchen; Zou, Yu; Ma, Liang

    2015-11-10

    To validate ascending aorta-lower abdominal aorta bypass grafting treatment for patients with descending aortic coarctation and an aortic valve disease. The three patients in whom a descending atypical aortic coarctation was associated with an aortic valve disease were treated with one stage surgical treatment with aortic bypass grafting through the diaphragm and aortic valve replacement in our heart center. Operative technique consisted of performing ascending aorta-lower abdominal aorta bypass grafting through diaphragm muscle and implementing aortic valve replacement. The mean time for extracorporeal circulation and occluding clamp of aorta was recorded. Blood pressure data for pre- and post-operation was measured in the limbs. Computer-enhanced transvenous angiograms of pre- and post-operation were applied for detection of aortic stenosis. The other adverse events were noticed in outpatient service during a follow-up period. The mean extracorporeal circulation time was 54 ± 11 min. The mean time for occluding clamp of aorta was 34 ± 6 min. An arterial pressure gradient was totally corrected after surgical treatment. Post-operation computer-enhanced transvenous angiograms showed the grafts to be open with a fluent flow. The patients had no gastrointestinal tract complications. No adverse event was noticed during a follow-up period in outpatient service. Treatment of ascending aorta-lower abdominal aorta bypass is advisable for patients with descending aortic coarctation and an aortic valve disease.

  20. Optimal Covering Material for Stent-Grafts Placed in the Portal Vein in a Canine Model

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    Ishii, Seigo; Sato, Morio Sonomura, Tetsuo; Yamada, Katsuyuki; Tanihata, Hirohiko; Ishikawa, Hime; Terada, Masaki; Sahara, Shinya; Kawai, Nobuyuki; Kimura, Masashi; Mori, Ichiro

    2005-06-15

    Purpose. We evaluated the suitability of Dacron, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and small intestinal submucosa (SIS) as a covering material for stent-grafts placed in the portal vein as compared with a bare stent. Methods. Using 24 beagle dogs, either bare stents or stent-grafts covered with Dacron, PTFE, or SIS were placed in the main trunk of the portal vein in 6 animals each. Portography was performed immediately after stent placement, and at 2, 4, and 12 weeks thereafter. Next, the extracted stents or stent-grafts were examined histopathologically. Neointimal thickness adjacent to the stent wire and at the midportion between the stent wires was compared among the groups. Then, the neointimal thickness at the sub- and supragraft sites was compared between each stent-graft group. Serial changes in the histologic features of the thickened neointima were also investigated. Results. No significant difference was noted in the mean stenotic ratio of the portal vein diameter between the bare stent and PTFE groups, whereas it was significantly higher in the Dacron and SIS groups compared with the bare stent group. In neither of the studies on neointimal thickness adjacent to the stent wire and at the midportion between the stent wires were any significant differences noted between the neointimal thickness of the bare stent group and the sum of the neointimal thickness of the PTFE group, whereas the sum of the neointimal thickness of the Dacron and SIS groups was significantly greater than that of the bare stent group at both sites. In the comparison of the supragraft neointimal thickness, the SIS group showed significantly greater thickness than the PTFE group, while the difference between the Dacron and PTFE groups was not significant. In the comparison of the subgraft neointimal thickness, the Dacron and SIS groups showed significantly greater thickness than the PTFE group. Conclusion. The present results indicate that of the three covering materials examined here

  1. Paraplegia after aortic and superior mesenteric artery stenting for occlusive disease.

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    Hans, Sachinder S; Ngo, William; McAllister, Michael

    2014-02-01

    Paraplegia after endovascular therapy for aortic and visceral artery occlusive disease is an extremely uncommon occurrence. Two cases of paraplegia after placement of an aortic covered stent for infrarenal aortic stenosis and a superior mesenteric artery stent for chronic visceral ischemia are presented. In both patients, embolization of the arterial supply to the spinal cord was the presumed cause. One patient had a slight recovery after intense physical therapy and rehabilitation. The second patient did not have any recovery from her paraplegia. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Endoleak Assessment Using Computational Fluid Dynamics and Image Processing Methods in Stented Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Models

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    Lu, Yueh-Hsun; Mani, Karthick; Panigrahi, Bivas; Hsu, Wen-Tang

    2016-01-01

    Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) is a predominant surgical procedure to reduce the risk of aneurysm rupture in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) patients. Endoleak formation, which eventually requires additional surgical reoperation, is a major EVAR complication. Understanding the etiology and evolution of endoleak from the hemodynamic perspective is crucial to advancing the current posttreatments for AAA patients who underwent EVAR. Therefore, a comprehensive flow assessment was performed to investigate the relationship between endoleak and its surrounding pathological flow fields through computational fluid dynamics and image processing. Six patient-specific models were reconstructed, and the associated hemodynamics in these models was quantified three-dimensionally to calculate wall stress. To provide a high degree of clinical relevance, the mechanical stress distribution calculated from the models was compared with the endoleak positions identified from the computed tomography images of patients through a series of imaging processing methods. An endoleak possibly forms in a location with high local wall stress. An improved stent graft (SG) structure is conceived accordingly by increasing the mechanical strength of the SG at peak wall stress locations. The presented analytical paradigm, as well as numerical analysis using patient-specific models, may be extended to other common human cardiovascular surgeries. PMID:27660648

  3. Graft Distortion After Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Association with Sac Morphology and Mid-Term Complications

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    Gould, Derek Alan; Edwards, Richard David; McWilliams, Richard Gregory; Rowlands, Peter Christopher; Martin, Janis; White, Donagh; Fear, Simon; Bakran, Ali; Brennan, John; Gilling-Smith, Geoffrey; Harris, Peter Lyon

    2000-09-15

    Purpose: To investigate the incidence, significance, and mechanism of stent-graft distortion after endovascular repair (EVR) of abdominal aortic aneurysm.Methods: EVR of abdominal aortic aneurysm was performed in 51 cases (49 modular, bifurcated; 2 tube). Thirty-two patients were followed for 6 or more months and had equivalent baseline and follow-up images which could be used to determine changes in graft configuration. Sac dimensions were measured using computed tomographic (CT) images and graft-related complications were recorded.Results: Amongst 32 patients evaluated on follow-up, there was graft distortion in 24. Distorted grafts were significantly (p= 0.002) associated with sac diameter reduction (mean 5 mm) and sac length reduction (mean 8.1 mm). All graft-related complications occurred in the limbs of eight distorted grafts, with a mean reduction of sac length in this group of 7.8 mm on reformatted CT images.Conclusion: There was a highly significant association between graft distortion and limb complications, and reduced sac dimensions.

  4. Diagnosis of type III endoleak and endovascular treatment with aortouniiliac stent-graft.

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    Juszkat, Robert; Staniszewski, Ryszard; Zarzecka, Anna; Majewski, Wacław

    2009-01-01

    The present report describes a case of type III endoleak from a tear in the fabric of a Zenith bifurcated stent-graft approximately 6 months after implantation. The reason of the fabric tear was unknown. The complication was successfully treated by aortouniiliac stent-graft implantation followed by creation of a femorofemoral bypass.

  5. Treatment of a Hepatic Artery Aneurysm by Endovascular Stent-Grafting

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    Jenssen, Guttorm L. Wirsching, Jan; Pedersen, Gustav; Amundsen, Svein Roar; Aune, Steinar; Dregelid, Einar; Jonung, Torbjorn; Daryapeyma, Alireza; Laxdal, Elin

    2007-06-15

    Aneurysms of the visceral arteries are rare. Traditional treatment has been surgical or endovascular with coil embolization. Recently, however, reports on endovascular therapy with stent-grafts have been published. We report the case of a 61-year-old man who was successfully treated with a stent-graft for a symptomatic combined celiac/hepatic artery aneurysm.

  6. Guidelines for sizing pericardium for aortic valve leaflet grafts

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    Hammer, Peter E.; del Nido, Pedro J.

    2013-01-01

    Surgical repair of the aortic valve using leaflet grafts made from pericardium has been shown to be a viable option, particularly in children, in whom valve replacement has strong disadvantages. We present guidelines for sizing treated autologous pericardium to fabricate a leaflet graft for single leaflet replacement. Both our clinical experience and experimental evidence indicate that effective repairs are best achieved using a semicircular graft with diameter 10–15% greater than the sinotubular junction diameter in diastole. We also provide a simple formula to allow adjusting these guidelines to account for variation in valve geometry and tissue properties. PMID:23816114

  7. Results of "elephant trunk" total aortic arch replacement using a multi-branched, collared graft prosthesis.

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    Schneider, Stefan R B; Dell'Aquila, Angelo M; Akil, Ali; Schlarb, Dominik; Panuccio, Guiseppe; Martens, Sven; Rukosujew, Andreas

    2016-03-01

    We report on our experience with a simplified elephant trunk (ET) procedure with a multi-branched prosthesis (Vascutek(®) Siena™ Collared Graft). It consists of a proximal portion (20 cm) with prefabricated side branches, a collar and a distal portion (30 cm). The collar, which can be trimmed into any desired diameter, constitutes the suture portion to the descending aorta. Radiopaque markers in the distal portion indicate the landing zone. Between January 2011 and June 2013, 20 consecutive patients (10 women; mean age, 66 ± 9.3 years) underwent ET procedure, including 6 re-do cases. Underlying aortic diseases were acute dissection (n = 6), chronic dissection (n = 4), aneurysm (n = 8) and PAU (n = 2). Mean preoperative diameter of the descending aorta was 49.1 ± 12.9 mm (range 74.7-29.7 mm). Concomitant procedures included ascending aortic replacement in 16 patients; root replacement in 2; AVR in 2, CABG in 3 and mitral repair in 1 patient. CPB time was 263 ± 94 min; mean duration of ACP was 65 ± 14 min. Two patients died on POD 8 and 78, respectively. Major adverse events included stroke (n = 1), resternotomy for bleeding (n = 2), renal failure requiring temporary dialysis (n = 1) and recurrent nerve paresis (n = 2). After a mean follow-up of 10 ± 8 months, all discharged patients were alive. Seven patients underwent stent-graft implantation of the descending aorta and one patient underwent open descending aortic replacement. The last generation of multi-branched arch prosthesis and especially the Vascutek(®) Siena™ Collared Graft make ET procedure a reasonable treatment option even in patients with acute aortic dissection.

  8. Computational Model of Aortic Valve Surgical Repair using Grafted Pericardium

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    Hammer, Peter E.; Chen, Peter C.; del Nido, Pedro J.; Howe, Robert D.

    2012-01-01

    Aortic valve reconstruction using leaflet grafts made from autologous pericardium is an effective surgical treatment for some forms of aortic regurgitation. Despite favorable outcomes in the hands of skilled surgeons, the procedure is underutilized because of the difficulty of sizing grafts to effectively seal with the native leaflets. Difficulty is largely due to the complex geometry and function of the valve and the lower distensibility of the graft material relative to native leaflet tissue. We used a structural finite element model to explore how a pericardial leaflet graft of various sizes interacts with two native leaflets when the valve is closed and loaded. Native leaflets and pericardium are described by anisotropic, hyperelastic constitutive laws, and we model all three leaflets explicitly and resolve leaflet contact in order to simulate repair strategies that are asymmetrical with respect to valve geometry and leaflet properties. We ran simulations with pericardial leaflet grafts of various widths (increase of 0%, 7%, 14%, 21% and 27%) and heights (increase of 0%, 13%, 27% and 40%) relative to the native leaflets. Effectiveness of valve closure was quantified based on the overlap between coapting leaflets. Results showed that graft width and height must both be increased to achieve proper valve closure, and that a graft 21% wider and 27% higher than the native leaflet creates a seal similar to a valve with three normal leaflets. Experimental validation in excised porcine aortas (n=9) corroborates the results of simulations. PMID:22341628

  9. INCRAFT® Stent-Graft System: one-year outcome of the INNOVATION Trial.

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    Coppi, G; Njila, M; Coppi, G; Saitta, G; Silingardi, R; Pratesi, C; Chiesa, R; Scheinert, D; Brunkwall, J S; Torsello, G

    2014-02-01

    Endovascular repair has surpassed open surgical treatment as the most common procedure in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), yet its applicability remains limited to those with aortoiliac anatomy suitable for the introduction and deployment of the devices. The current study was performed to assess the safety and efficacy of INCRAFT® (Cordis Corporation, Bridgewater, NJ), an ultra-low-profile device for the treatment of AAA. The INNOVATION study is a first in human prospective, multicenter trial involving 6 centers in Europe. From March 2010 to June 2011 60 patients with asymptomatic AAA were treated with the INCRAFT® bifurcated Stent-Graft System. The main inclusion criteria were a proximal aortic neck of 15 mm or more in length and up to 27 mm in diameter; iliac landing zones greater than 10 mm in length and between 9 and 18 mm in diameter; an access vessel large enough to accept the 14F outer diameter of the delivery system; and an aortic bifurcation >18 mm in diameter. The primary endpoint was technical success at one-month; one-year safety endpoints included the absence of device- or procedure-related major adverse events; absence of type I or III endoleaks; and maintenance of device integrity through one year of follow-up. Among 60 patients treated at six centers, the primary endpoint was met in 56 of 58 patients (97%; 95% CI, 88-100%) who came back for one month follow-up, two patients did not come back for their one month follow-up assessments but remained enrolled in the study. Fifty-six had one-year follow-up data showing 100% freedom from aneurysm enlargement with absence of type I and III endoleaks in all patients. There were two patients (3.6%) with a type Ia endoleak which was successfully treated with secondary endovascular intervention in both occasions. Core laboratory evaluation of the postoperative imaging studies documented absence of endograft migration, stent fracture, or limb occlusion. A single patient (1.8%) died within one

  10. [Revascularization with the branched graft in middle aortic syndrome].

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    Urayama, H; Fujioka, S; Katada, S; Kawabe, K; Watanabe, Y; Iwa, T; Horimoto, T

    1989-01-01

    A case of middle aortic syndrome which was thought to be the thoracoabdominal type of Takayasu's disease was successfully treated with the branched graft bypass. Patient was a 23 year-old woman with hypertension and abdominal pain. The preoperative angiography revealed aortic stenosis from the celiac axis to the left renal artery. The operative procedures were as follows; patient was positioned in supine with her left shoulder and arm raised. Eighth intercostal thoracotomy and midline laparotomy was performed with the thoracoabdominal incision. The branched graft was made previously with woven Dacron (phi 18 mm) and three EPTFEs (phi 8mm). The woven Dacron of the graft was used for the bypass from the descending thoracic aorta to the infrarenal abdominal aorta, and the branched EPTFEs of the graft were used for the bypasses to the common hepatic artery, the superior mesenteric artery and the right renal artery in this order. The bypasses were placed along the anatomical courses in the retroperitoneal space. Postoperatively, the blood pressure dropped and the abdominal pain disappeared. The plasma renin activity decreased and the renal function improved. Two months after operation the bypasses were patent by the angiography and now six months after operation she has returned to her social life healthily. The approach to the aorta and its abdominal branches by thoracotomy and laparotomy and bypass with the three branched graft was useful for middle aortic syndrome.

  11. Immediate stent recoil in an anastomotic vein graft lesion treated by cutting balloon angioplasty.

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    Akkus, Nuri Ilker; Budeepalli, Jagan; Cilingiroglu, Mehmet

    2013-11-01

    Saphenous vein graft (SVG) anastomotic lesions can have significant fibromuscular hyperplasia and may be resistant to balloon angioplasty alone. Stents have been used successfully to treat these lesions. There are no reports of immediate stent recoil following such treatment in the literature. We describe immediate and persistent stent recoil in an anastomotic SVG lesion even after initial and post-deployment complete balloon dilatation of the stent and its successful treatment by cutting balloon angioplasty.

  12. Adolescent External Iliac Artery Trauma: Recurrent Aneurysmal Dilatation of an Iliofemoral Saphenous Vein Graft Treated by Stent-Grafting

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    Lenton, James; Davies, John; Homer-Vanniasinkam, S.; McPherson, Simon

    2008-09-15

    An adolescent male sustained a severe penetrating injury to the external iliac artery. Emergency surgical revascularization was with a reversed long saphenous vein interposition graft. The primary graft and the subsequent revision graft both became aneurysmal. The second graft aneurysm was successfully excluded by endovascular stent-grafts with medium-term primary patency. A venous graft was used initially rather than a synthetic graft to reduce the risk of infection and the potential problems from future growth. Aneurysmal dilatation of venous grafts in children and adolescents is a rare but recognized complication. To the best of our knowledge, exclusion of these aneurysms with stent-grafts has not been previously reported in the adolescent population.

  13. In vitro and in vivo study of He + ion irradiated collagen for development of small diameter stent graft material

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    Suzuki, Y.; Iwaki, M.; Takahashi, N.; Yotoriyama, T.; Kurotobi, K.; Ujiie, H.; Hori, T.

    2005-05-01

    Recently, stent graft technology for endovascular treatment of aortic dissections has made tremendous advances. It is now possible to apply this minimally invasive technique to a wider range of pathology. The aim of this study was to develop anti-thrombogenic coronary stent and graft materials using ion-beam technology. Our previous study indicted that collagen surfaces irradiated with He + ion at a fluence of 1 × 10 14 ions/cm 2 have excellent blood compatibility. The ion-beam-irradiated collagen grafts demonstrated a high anti-thrombogenicity and graft patency. 150 keV-He +-irradiated collagen with a fluence of 1 × 10 14 ions/cm 2 has the properties of anti-thrombogenicity and cell attachment. In vitro plasma protein adsorption was evaluated to investigate the mechanisms of anti-thrombogenicity of these surfaces. From these results, anti-thrombogenicity of the He +-irradiated collagen was caused by the reduction of the plasma protein adsorption, such as fibrinogen or von Willebrand factor, by ion-beam irradiation. Japanese white rabbits weighing 3-4.5 kg were used in this animal study. Collagen-coated graft material implanted with He + ions at a fluence of 1 × 10 14 ions/cm 2 exhibited excellent anti-thrombogenicity and demonstrated patency for one year.

  14. Postapproval outcomes of juxtarenal aortic aneurysms treated with the Zenith fenestrated endovascular graft.

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    Vemuri, Chandu; Oderich, Gustavo S; Lee, Jason T; Farber, Mark A; Fajardo, Andres; Woo, Edward Y; Cayne, Neal; Sanchez, Luis A

    2014-08-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate postapproval outcomes of patients with juxtarenal aortic aneurysms treated with the Zenith fenestrated endovascular graft (Cook Inc, Bloomington, Ind). We reviewed clinical data of consecutive patients treated with the Zenith fenestrated endovascular graft in the United States at seven institutions with early commercial access from July 2012 to December 2012. Clinical outcomes and compliance to anatomic guidelines were compared with results of the U.S. fenestrated trial (USFT). Fifty-seven patients were treated. There were significantly more (P < .05) patients with coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and preoperative renal insufficiency than in the USFT. Thirty-six patients (63.2%) did not meet the USFT anatomic criteria of a >4-mm infrarenal neck, and there were significantly more mesenteric stents (13 vs 0; P < .05) used in this group than in the USFT, reflecting the higher anatomic complexity of these patients. The total operative time was 250.2 ± 14.8 minutes, the fluoroscopy time was 68.9 ± 4.47 minutes, and the average volume of contrast material was 108.6 ± 5.6 mL. Technical success was 100% in regard to aneurysm exclusion, although the left renal fenestration was not able to be aligned in two patients, and one patient had a kinked renal stent that was successfully restented. During this time period, there were a total of 10 endoleaks, of which two were type III and eight were type II. Despite higher rates of comorbidities and more challenging anatomy, early 30-day outcomes of juxtarenal aortic aneurysms treated postapproval with the Zenith fenestrated endovascular graft compare well with USFT data. Future studies are needed to assess durability of this treatment modality as the technology diffuses and data mature. Published by Mosby, Inc.

  15. Primary Implantation of Polyester-Covered Stent-Grafts for Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Stent Shunts (TIPSS): A Pilot Study

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    Cejna, Manfred; Thurnher, Siegfried; Pidlich, Johann; Kaserer, Klaus; Schoder, Maria; Lammer, Johannes

    1999-07-15

    Purpose: To investigate whether placement of a polyester-covered stent-graft increases the primary patency of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent shunts (TIPSS). Methods: Between 1995 and 1997 Cragg Endopro or Passager MIBS stent-grafts were used for the creation of TIPSS in eight male patients, 35-59 years of age (mean 48 years). All patients suffered from recurrent variceal bleeding and/or refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis. Seven stent-grafts were dilated to a diameter of 10 mm, one to 12 mm. Follow-up was performed with duplex ultrasound, clinical assessment, and angiography. Results: The technical success rate for creation of a TIPSS was 100%. The mean portosystemic pressure gradient decreased from 25 mmHg to 12 mmHg. In seven of eight patients TIPSS dysfunction occurred between 2 days and 3 years after stent-graft placement. In one patient the TIPSS is still primarily patent (224 days after creation). The secondary patency rates are 31 days to 3 years. Conclusion: The primary use of polyester-covered stent-grafts for TIPSS did not increase primary patency rates in our small series.

  16. Feasibility of Angioplasty and Stenting for Abdominal Aortic Lesions Adjacent to Previously Stented Visceral Artery Lesions in Patients with Takayasu Arteritis

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    Joseph, George George, Paul V.; Pati, Purendra Kumar; Chandy, Sunil Thomas

    2007-04-15

    Two young female patients with Takayasu arteritis presented with symptomatic long-segment abdominal aortic stenosis in the vicinity of previously deployed celiac and renal artery stents that projected markedly into the narrowed aortic lumen. Crushing or distortion of the visceral artery stents during aortic angioplasty was avoided by performing simultaneous or alternating balloon dilatations in the aorta and in the visceral artery stents. Consequently, the visceral artery stents remained patent and shortened longitudinally, allowing unhindered deployment of Wallstents in the adjacent aorta and abolition of a pressure gradient across the aortic lesions. Access to side branches covered by the Wallstent was obtained without difficulty, enabling the performance of balloon dilatation in multiple side branches and ostial stent deployment in a renal artery. These techniques could increase the scope of endovascular therapy in the treatment of patients with Takayasu arteritis.

  17. Outcomes of thoracic endovascular aortic repair using aortic arch chimney stents in high-risk patients.

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    Voskresensky, Igor; Scali, Salvatore T; Feezor, Robert J; Fatima, Javairiah; Giles, Kristina A; Tricarico, Rosamaria; Berceli, Scott A; Beck, Adam W

    2017-07-01

    Aortic arch disease is a challenging clinical problem, especially in high-risk patients, in whom open repair can have morbidity and mortality rates of 30% to 40% and 2% to 20%, respectively. Aortic arch chimney (AAC) stents used during thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) are a less invasive treatment strategy than open repair, but the current literature is inconclusive about the role of this technology. The focus of this analysis is on our experience with TEVAR and AAC stents. All TEVAR procedures performed from 2002 to 2015 were reviewed to identify those with AAC stents. Primary end points were technical success and 30-day and 1-year mortality. Secondary end points included complications, reintervention, and endoleak. Technical success was defined as a patient's surviving the index operation with deployment of the AAC stent at the intended treatment zone with no evidence of type I or type III endoleak on initial postoperative imaging. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate survival. Twenty-seven patients (age, 69 ± 12 years; male, 70%) were identified, and all were described as being at prohibitive risk for open repair by the treating team. Relevant comorbidity rates were as follows: coronary artery disease/myocardial infarction, 59%; oxygen-dependent emphysema, 30%; preoperative creatinine concentration >1.8 mg/dL, 19%; and congestive heart failure, 15%. Presentations included elective (67%; n = 18), symptomatic (26%; n = 7), and ruptured (7%; n = 2). Eleven patients (41%) had prior endovascular or open arch/descending thoracic repair. Indications were degenerative aneurysm (49%), chronic residual type A dissection with aneurysm (15%), type Ia endoleak after TEVAR (11%), postsurgical pseudoaneurysm (11%), penetrating ulcer (7%), and acute type B dissection (7%). Thirty-two brachiocephalic vessels were treated: innominate (n = 7), left common carotid artery (LCCA; n = 24), and left subclavian artery (n = 1). Five patients (19%) had

  18. Results of endovascular repair of the thoracic aorta with the Talent Thoracic stent graft: the Talent Thoracic Retrospective Registry.

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    Fattori, Rossella; Nienaber, Christoph A; Rousseau, Hervé; Beregi, Jean-Paul; Heijmen, Robin; Grabenwöger, Martin; Piquet, Philippe; Lovato, Luigi; Dabbech, Chaouki; Kische, Stephan; Gaxotte, Virginia; Schepens, Marc; Ehrlich, Marek; Bartoli, Jean-Michelle

    2006-08-01

    Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic diseases demonstrated low perioperative morbidity and mortality when compared with conventional open repair. Long-term effectiveness of this minimally invasive technique remains to be proven. The Talent Thoracic Retrospective Registry was designed to evaluate the impact of this therapy on patients treated in 7 major European referral centers over an 8-year period. Data from 457 consecutive patients (113 emergency and 344 elective cases) who underwent endovascular thoracic aortic repair with the Medtronic Talent Thoracic stent graft (Medtronic/AVE, Santa Rosa, Calif) were collected. Follow-up analysis (24 +/- 19.4 months, range 1-85.1 months) was based on clinical and imaging findings, including all adverse events. To ensure consistency of data interpretation and event reporting, one physician reviewed all adverse events and deaths for the whole cohort of patients. In the case of discrepancies, the treating physicians were queried. Among 422 patients who survived the interventional procedure (in-hospital mortality 5%, 23 patients), mortality during follow-up was 8.5% (36 patients), and in 11 of them the death was related to the aortic disease. Persistent endoleak was reported at imaging follow-up in 64 cases: 44 were primary (9.6%) and 21 occurred during follow-up (4.9%). Seven patients with persistent endoleak had aortic rupture during follow-up, at a variable time from 40 days to 35 months, and all subsequently died. A minor incidence of migration of the stent graft (7 cases), graft fabric alteration (2 cases), and modular disconnection (3 cases) was observed at imaging. Kaplan-Meier overall survival estimate at 1 year was 90.97%, at 3 years was 85.36%, and at 5 years was 77.49%. At the same intervals, freedom from a second procedure (either open conversion or endovascular) was 92.45%, 81.3%, and 70.0%, respectively. Endovascular treatment for thoracic aortic disease with the Talent stent graft is associated with low early

  19. Non-Anastomotic Rupture of a Woven Dacron Graft in the Descending Thoracic Aorta Treated with Endovascular Stent Grafting.

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    Lee, Youngok; Kim, Gun-Jik; Kim, Young Eun; Hong, Seong Wook; Lee, Jong Tae

    2016-12-01

    The intrinsic structural failure of a Dacron graft resulting from the loss of structural integrity of the graft fabric can cause late graft complications. Late non-anastomotic rupture has traditionally been treated surgically via open thoracotomy. We report a case of the successful use of thoracic endovascular repair to treat a Dacron graft rupture in the descending aorta. The rupture occurred 20 years after the graft had been placed. Two stent grafts were placed at the proximal portion of the surgical graft, covering almost its entire length.

  20. Operative strategies in aortic graft infections: is complete graft excision always necessary?

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    Hart, Joseph P; Eginton, Mark T; Brown, Kellie R; Seabrook, Gary R; Lewis, Brian D; Edmiston, Charles E; Towne, Jonathan B; Cambria, Robert A

    2005-03-01

    The classic approach to aortic graft infections involves complete excision of the graft material with remote reconstruction of the distal circulation. Certain patients may not be well suited for this approach for physiologic or anatomic reasons. This study was undertaken to determine the outcome of partial graft excision in selected patients with aortic graft infection who were not felt to be candidates for complete graft excision. Retrospective analysis of 30 consecutive patients treated with infected grafts arising from the aorta over the past 10 years was performed. Mean interval between graft placement and infection was 5.5 years. Complete graft excision with bypass via clean tissue planes was achieved in 15 patients (group A), and partial or complete graft salvage or in situ graft replacement was performed at the discretion of the surgeon in 15 patients (group B). Perioperative mortality occurred in eight subjects (27%), including six in group A (40%) and two in group B (13%; p = NS). Six patients (20%) developed recurrent infection following graft excision, two (13%) in group A and four (27%) in group B (p = NS). Microorganisms were recovered from 24 of 30 (80%) graft cultures: 13 (43%) were gram positive, 4 (13%) were gram negative, and both gram-positive and gram-negative organisms were recovered from 7 (23%). Identification of culture isolates did not influence either perioperative mortality or the development of recurrent infection. Long-term survival was no different between the groups. We conclude that in certain high-risk patients who may not tolerate complete graft excision, local resection of infected graft segments may be preferable and leads to similar short- and long-term outcome.

  1. Endovascular Treatment of Infrarenal Aneurysms: Comparison of the Results of Second- and Third-Generation Stent Grafts.

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    Maudet, Antoine; Daoudal, Anne; Cardon, Alain; Clochard, Elodie; Lucas, Antoine; Verhoye, Jean-Philippe; Kaladji, Adrien

    2016-07-01

    The stent grafts used for endovascular abdominal aortic repair (EVAR) profited from many technological changes since their appearance. The objective of this study was to compare the medium-term results of the second- and third-generation stent grafts. Three hundred thirty-four patients treated by EVAR between 2005 and 2013 were included in this retrospective study. Demographic, anatomical, perioperative, and follow-up data were collected in a prospective way in an electronic database and compared between 2 groups. The preoperative angio-computed tomographies were all analyzed in depth on a suitable three-dimensional work station. Group 1 (n = 219) represented the patients treated by second-generation stent grafts (Medtronic Talent(®), Cook Medical Zenith Flex(®), Vascutek-Terumo Anaconda(®), Gore Excluder low-porosity(®)) and group 2 (n = 115) represented the patients treated with third-generation stent grafts (Medtronic Enduring I and II(®), Cook Medical Zenith LP(®), Gore Excluder C3(®)). The mean follow-up was 42.4 ± 26.8 months with a longer duration in group 1 (52.4 ± 27.2 vs. 23.2 ± 10.9 months, P < 0.0001). The patients of group 2 had significantly more risk factors and cardiovascular comorbidities (coronary disease, tobacco addiction, dyslipidemia, peripheral arterial disease, chronic renal insufficiency). Anatomical characteristics were similar in the 2 groups, in particular regarding the iliac arteries which were significantly more calcified and had a smaller diameter in group 2. The rate of perioperative complications was similar in the 2 groups, in particular for complications related to the iliac axes (3.7% vs. 2.6%, P = 0.96). During the follow-up, there was no significant difference between the 2 groups in the rates of survival, reinterventions, or endoleaks and the progression of the aneurysmal sac. This study shows that third-generation stent grafts allow results comparable with those of the second-generation stent grafts

  2. Occlusion of experimental aneurysms with heparin-loaded, microporous stent grafts.

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    Nishi, Shogo; Nakayama, Yasuhide; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Matsuda, Takehisa

    2003-12-01

    An embolization technique using a stent graft has been developed to replace the conventional type of direct surgery or neurointervention with platinum coils and/or bare stents. The utility of a commercially available metal stent wrapped with a microporous elastomeric film coated with a thin, heparin-loaded, photocured gelatinous layer for the treatment of experimental carotid artery sidewall aneurysms in dogs was evaluated. The stent graft was used for embolization of experimental carotid artery aneurysms in dogs. The aneurysms were prepared bilaterally in canine carotid arteries with branching of an external jugular vein patch. The entries into all of the aneurysms were occluded immediately after placement of the stent grafts, and the aneurysms were embolized by thrombus formation even 1 week after deployment. All of the parent carotid arteries in which stent grafts were placed were patent, without severe stenosis, immediately (n = 2), 1 week (n = 4), 1 month (n = 3), and 3 months (n = 4) after placement. Scanning electron microscopy demonstrated that the luminal surfaces of the stent grafts were entirely endothelialized as soon as 1 week after placement, via transmural tissue ingrowth through the micropores formed in the covering film. The stent graft we have developed seems to be highly promising for the treatment of aneurysms, especially with respect to immediate termination of blood inflow for aneurysm occlusion and rapid endothelialization in the aneurysm neck.

  3. Back-table modification of a bifurcated infrarenal stent-graft to aortomonoiliac for emergencies.

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    Tsilimparis, Nikolaos; Lohrenz, Christina; Pflugradt, Axel; Wipper, Sabine; Debus, Sebastian; Kölbel, Tilo

    2014-04-01

    To describe a simple and quick technique for converting a Zenith bifurcated stent-graft to an aortouni-iliac device for emergency treatment of hemorrhage when a suitable marketed stent-graft is not readily available. The technique is described in an emergent case involving a 72-year-old man presenting with an aortoduodenal fistula and acute gastrointestinal bleeding. The Zenith device was prepared and flushed in the typical fashion. An extra stiff Lunderquist wire was advanced through the graft for better stability during the modification. The peel-away sheath was advanced beyond the hemostatic valve to allow partial release of the graft from the back then the grey positioner was retracted while the sheath was held firmly on the table, partially deploying the iliac limbs from the back side of the sheath. An occluding non-absorbable braided suture was placed at the short limb of the bifurcated graft close to the middle of the contralateral limb stent, through the webbing connecting both limbs below the flow divider of the bifurcated Zenith device. The graft was then resheathed using manual pinching of the graft or compression with umbilical tape. In the illustrated case, the stent-graft was intentionally deployed with the uncovered stents below the renal arteries to facilitate easier explantation later on. Back-table modification of stent-grafts is feasible in emergencies for operators familiar with all technical aspects and potential risks of the modifications.

  4. The use of covered nitinol stents to salvage dialysis grafts after multiple failures.

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    Naoum, Joseph J; Irwin, Chance; Hunter, Glenn C

    2006-01-01

    The increasing number of patients requiring hemodialysis and the limited number of access sites have resulted in an increase in multiple graft revisions to maintain access for hemodialysis. Venous outflow or anastomotic stenoses in vascular grafts tend to recur and contribute to the difficulty in maintaining a functioning graft. Thus, extending the life of a failed graft becomes an important objective of this study, which was to assess the use of covered nitinol stents to salvage expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) grafts with venous anastomotic or outflow stenosis that have failed after multiple revisions. This is a review of 8 failed non-autogenous ePTFE grafts with isolated venous anastomotic or proximal outflow stenoses that had undergone multiple previous revisions, had failed percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), and required placement of a covered nitinol stent. Graft locations were forearm (2), upper arm (4), and femoral (2). The mean number of interventions per patient before stent placement was 5.87 thrombectomies (range 2-28) and 3.38 balloon angioplasties (range 2-19). Five patients had 0.62 interposition grafting and 3 had patch angioplasty. All 8 patients (100%) underwent successful dialysis after thrombectomy and stenting. The primary and secondary patency rates after stent placement were 50% and 75%, and 25% and 75%, at 3 and 6 months, respectively. Percutaneous thrombectomy, balloon angioplasty, and concomitant covered nitinol stent placement extend the function of hemodialysis access grafts that have previously failed multiple times.

  5. Aortic stenting in the growing sheep causes aortic endothelial dysfunction but not hypertension: Clinical implications for coarctation repair.

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    Maschietto, Nicola; Semplicini, Luca; Ceolotto, Giulio; Cattelan, Arianna; Poser Dvm, Helen; Iacopetti, Ilaria; Gerardi, Gabriele; De Benedictis, Giulia Maria; Pilla, Tommaso; Bernardini, Daniele; Aresu, Luca; Rizzo, Stefania; Basso, Cristina; Semplicini, Andrea; Milanesi, Ornella

    2017-01-01

    Stent implantation is the treatment of choice for adolescents and adults with aortic coarctation (CoAo). Despite excellent short-term results, 20%-40% of the patients develop arterial hypertension later in life, which was attributed to inappropriate response of the aortic baroreceptors to increased stiffness of the ascending aorta (ASAO), either congenital or induced by CoAo repair. In particular, it has been hypothesized that stent itself may cause or sustain hypertension. Therefore, we aimed to study the hemodynamic and structural impact following stent implantation in the normal aorta of a growing animal. Eight female sheep completed the study and a stent was implanted in four. Every 3 mo we measured blood pressure of the anterior and posterior limbs and left ventricular function by echocardiography. Twelve months later invasive pressure was measured under baseline and simulated stress conditions. Expression of genes indicating oxidative stress (OS), endothelial dysfunction (ED) and stiffness, as well as pathological examination were performed in ascending (ASAO) and descending aorta (DSAO). SOD1 and MMP9 gene expression were higher in ASAO of the stented animals, compared to DSAO and controls, while NOS3 was decreased. No differences were found in blood pressure and echocardiographic parameters. No histological differences were found in the aorta of the two groups of animals. Stent does not affect central and peripheral hemodynamics, cardiac structure and function even in the long term. However, the finding of markers of OS and increased stiffness of ASAO, proximal to the stent, points to molecular mechanisms for increased cardiovascular risk of patients with stented CoAo. © 2016 The Authors Congenital Heart Disease published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Aortoduodenal fistula and aortic aneurysm secondary to biliary stent-induced retroperitoneal perforation.

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    Lee, Tae-Hoon; Park, Do-Hyun; Park, Ji-Young; Lee, Suck-Ho; Chung, Il-Kwun; Kim, Hong-Soo; Park, Sang-Heum; Kim, Sun-Joo

    2008-05-21

    Duodenal perforations caused by biliary prostheses are not uncommon, and they are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment. We describe an unusual case of aortic aneurysm and rupture which occurred after retroperitoneal aortoduodenal fistula formation as a rare complication caused by biliary metallic stent-related duodenal perforation. To our knowledge, this is the first report describing a lethal complication of a bleeding, aortoduodenal fistula and caused by biliary metallic stent-induced perforation.

  7. The Anaconda AAA stent graft system: 2-year clinical and technical results of a multicentre clinical evaluation.

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    Rödel, S G J; Geelkerken, R H; Prescott, R J; Florek, H J; Kasprzak, P; Brunkwall, J

    2009-12-01

    This study reports the technical and mid-term clinical results of the second-generation Anaconda AAA Stent Graft System endovascular device for treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The design of the Anaconda AAA Stent Graft System is characterised by a three-piece system consisting of two proximal independent saddle-shaped nitinol self-expandable rings with hooks fixation, zero body support and vacuum-cleaner tube leg design. From July 2002 to April 2005, a total of 61 patients with AAA were enrolled in a multicentre, prospective, non-randomised controlled design study. All patients received a second-generation Anaconda AAA Stent Graft System. They entered a standard follow-up protocol at discharge for 3, 6, 12 and 24 months. Follow-up data included survival; rupture-free survival; incidence of aneurysm rupture, death from aneurysm rupture, aneurysm-related death; freedom from aneurysm expansion; freedom from Types I and III endoleaks; endograft patency and technical and clinical success rates. Successful access to the arterial system was achieved in all patients. The primary technical success was 59 out of 61 and the primary assisted technical success was 60 out of 61. All endovascular grafts were patent without significant twists, kinks or obstructions. Migration was not observed in any of the grafts. During the first 30-day period, two serious adverse events (3%), both not related to the procedure, were observed. Nine patients (15%) needed a secondary intervention; two of these interventions were related to stent graft (3%). The mean aneurysm sac diameter decreased significantly from 57 mm pre-operative to 45mm after 24 months, without aneurysm growth. There was one Type I endoleak at initial implantation, which was corrected using a proximal extension cuff. In total, three Type II endoleaks were still present after 24 months without any signs of aneurysm growth. The design features of the second-generation Anaconda AAA Stent Graft System are effective

  8. Effect of Graft Material on Red Blood Cell Loss Following Aortic Surgery

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    2007-11-02

    PTFE (Gore-Tex) grafts. A total of 25 patients (13 Dacron, 12 PTFE) were studied including 21 with abdominal aortic aneurysms , and 4 with aorto-iliac...It has been suggested that red blood cell loss after abdominal aortic grafting is influenced by the type of synthetic graft used. A prospective

  9. Computational blood flow and vessel wall modeling in a CT-based thoracic aorta after stent-graft implantation

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    Hazer, Dilana; Stoll, Markus; Schmidt, Eduard; Richter, Goetz-M.; Dillmann, Rüdiger

    2010-03-01

    Abnormal blood flow conditions and structural fatigue within stented vessels may lead to undesired failure causing death to the patient. Image-based computational modeling provides a physical and realistic insight into the patientspecific biomechanics and enables accurate predictive simulations of development, growth and failure of cardiovascular diseases as well as associated risks. Controlling the efficiency of an endovascular treatment is necessary for the evaluation of potential complications and predictions on the assessment of the pathological state. In this paper we investigate the effects of stent-graft implantation on the biomechanics in a patient-specific thoracic aortic model. The patient geometry and the implanted stent-graft are obtained from morphological data based on a CT scan performed during a controlling routine. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structure mechanics (CSM) simulations are conducted based on the finite volume method (FVM) and on the finite element method (FEM) to compute the hemodynamics and the elastomechanics within the aortic model, respectively. Physiological data based on transient pressure and velocity profiles are used to set the necessary boundary conditions. Further, the effects of various boundary conditions and definition of contact interactions on the numerical stability of the blood flow and the vessel wall simulation results are also investigated. The quantification of the hemodynamics and the elastomechanics post endovascular intervention provides a realistic controlling of the state of the stented vessel and of the efficiency of the therapy. Consequently, computational modeling would help in evaluating individual therapies and optimal treatment strategies in the field of minimally invasive endovascular surgery.

  10. Successful Antibiotic Treatment of Severe Staphylococcal Infection of a Long Stent Graft in the Superficial Femoral Artery with Graft Preservation in the Long Term

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    Treitl, Marcus; Rademacher, Antje; Becker-Lienau, Johanna; Reiser, Maximilian F.; Hoffmann, Ulrich; Czihal, Michael

    2011-06-15

    Introduction: Bacterial infection of endovascular stent grafts is a serious condition, regularly leading to graft replacement by open bypass surgery.Case ReportWe describe the case of a staphylococcal infection of a 150-mm covered stent graft (Gore Viabahn), placed in the superficial femoral artery. Stent graft infection was successfully treated by oral administration of penicillinase-resistant flucloxacillin and the lipopeptide daptomycin with complete graft preservation, not requiring surgical treatment. During 1-year follow-up, the graft infection did not reappear. However, the patient developed restenosis at the proximal margin of the stent with recurrence of mild claudication, so far treated conservatively. Conclusion: With the increased use of covered stent grafts in the peripheral vasculature, the frequency of graft infection will increase. We demonstrate that with newly developed antibiotics, it is possible to treat this severe complication conservatively, with complete graft preservation and without the need for bypass surgery in selected cases.

  11. Endovascular repair of bilateral common iliac artery aneurysms using GORE Excluder iliac branch endoprosthesis without aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction

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    Ardita, Vincenzo; Giaquinta, Alessia; Veroux, Massimiliano; Sanfiorenzo, Angelo; Virgilio, Carla; D’Arrigo, Giuseppe; Veroux, Pierfrancesco

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Introduction: Bilateral common iliac artery (CIA) aneurysm (CIAA) is a rare entity. In the past decade, different endovascular approaches have been adopted for patients with several comorbidities or unfit for open repair (OR). Recently, the use of iliac branch stent graft has been proposed, resulting in satisfactory patency rates and decrease in morbidity. Currently, according to instruction for use, the iliac branch stent graft is to be used with aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction. We describe a case of a successful endovascular repair of bilateral CIAAs using the GORE Excluder iliac branch endoprosthesis (IBEs) without aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction. Case presentation: An 83-year-old man was admitted with abdominal pain and presence of pulsatile mass in the right and left iliac fossa. Computed tomographic (CT) angiography showed the presence of large bilateral CIAAs (right CIA = 66 mm; left CIA = 38 mm), without concomitant thoracic or abdominal aorta aneurysm. Moreover, CT scan demonstrated the presence of bilateral lower accessory renal artery close to the aortic bifurcation. Due to the high operative risk, the patient was scheduled for endovascular repair with bilateral IBEs, without the aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction to avoid the renal ischemia as a consequence of renal arteries covering. The procedure was completed without complications and duplex ultrasound demonstrated the complete exclusion of both aneurysms without any type of endoleaks at 1 month of follow-up. Conclusions: GORE IBEs without aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction seem to be a feasible and effective procedure for the treatment of isolated CIAAs in patients with highly selected anatomical conditions. PMID:28207510

  12. Endovascular repair of bilateral common iliac artery aneurysms using GORE Excluder iliac branch endoprosthesis without aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction: A case report.

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    Ardita, Vincenzo; Giaquinta, Alessia; Veroux, Massimiliano; Sanfiorenzo, Angelo; Virgilio, Carla; D'Arrigo, Giuseppe; Veroux, Pierfrancesco

    2017-02-01

    Bilateral common iliac artery (CIA) aneurysm (CIAA) is a rare entity. In the past decade, different endovascular approaches have been adopted for patients with several comorbidities or unfit for open repair (OR). Recently, the use of iliac branch stent graft has been proposed, resulting in satisfactory patency rates and decrease in morbidity. Currently, according to instruction for use, the iliac branch stent graft is to be used with aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction. We describe a case of a successful endovascular repair of bilateral CIAAs using the GORE Excluder iliac branch endoprosthesis (IBEs) without aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction. An 83-year-old man was admitted with abdominal pain and presence of pulsatile mass in the right and left iliac fossa. Computed tomographic (CT) angiography showed the presence of large bilateral CIAAs (right CIA = 66 mm; left CIA = 38 mm), without concomitant thoracic or abdominal aorta aneurysm. Moreover, CT scan demonstrated the presence of bilateral lower accessory renal artery close to the aortic bifurcation. Due to the high operative risk, the patient was scheduled for endovascular repair with bilateral IBEs, without the aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction to avoid the renal ischemia as a consequence of renal arteries covering. The procedure was completed without complications and duplex ultrasound demonstrated the complete exclusion of both aneurysms without any type of endoleaks at 1 month of follow-up. GORE IBEs without aortobi-iliac stent graft conjunction seem to be a feasible and effective procedure for the treatment of isolated CIAAs in patients with highly selected anatomical conditions.

  13. Utility of Stent-Grafts in Treatment of Porto-Biliary Fistula

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    Peynircioglu, Bora; Cwikiel, Wojciech

    2006-12-15

    A porto-biliary fistula causing hemobilia is a known complication of percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD). We present two patients with hemobilia secondary to porto-biliary fistula, treated successfully by percutaneous placement of stent-grafts. In one case, the stent-graft was placed in the bile duct, and in the other case, it was placed in the intrahepatic portal vein branch. Hemobilia stopped and there were no complications except a small area of hepatic infarction, distal to the stent-graft in the portal vein.

  14. Endovascular Treatment of Occlusive Lesions in the Aortic Bifurcation with Kissing Polytetrafluoroethylene-Covered Stents.

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    Grimme, Frederike A B; Spithoven, J Hans; Zeebregts, Clark J; Scharn, Dirk M; Reijnen, Michel M P J

    2015-09-01

    To determine the clinical outcomes of polytetrafluoroethylene covered balloon expandable stents (CBESs) in occlusive lesions of the aortic bifurcation in a kissing stent configuration. The study included 69 consecutive patients (29 men, 40 women) who underwent kissing stent procedures with CBESs between January 2003 and April 2009 in a single center. Patients who were previously treated with a CBES were excluded. Follow-up consisted of clinical investigation and duplex ultrasound examination. The primary patency was 88.1% at 1 year and 71.5% at 4 years, with secondary patency rates of 88.1% and 75.3%, respectively. For patients receiving a stent for the first time, primary patency was 91.3% at 1 year and 77.1% at 4 years. For patients who had received previous stents, patency was 83.6% at 1 year and 65.2% at 4 years (P = .83). There were no differences in secondary patency and freedom from target lesion reintervention (TLR). Loss of primary patency was mainly caused by stent occlusions (14 cases [78%]). The freedom from TLR at 4 years was 76.8%. Patency rates and freedom from TLR of CBESs in the kissing stent configuration with up to 4 years of follow-up were satisfying and mainly affected by stent occlusions. Studies focusing on optimizing stent configuration and medical care to reduce the incidence of thrombosis are indicated to improve results further. Copyright © 2015 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Primary Stenting for Complex Atherosclerotic Plaques in Aortic and Iliac Stenoses

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    Onal, Baran; Ilgit, Erhan T.; Yuecel, Cem; Ozbek, Erdal; Vural, Murat; Akpek, Sergin

    1998-09-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of primary stenting for complex atherosclerotic plaques in aortic and iliac stenoses that are not amenable to balloon angioplasty alone. Methods: Nineteen patients with complex atherosclerotic plaques were treated with a Palmaz stent (n= 19), Wallstent (n= 1), Strecker stent (n= 1), or Memotherm stent (n= 1). A total of 22 stenoses presenting with complex plaque morphology including ulcerated plaques, ulcerated plaques with focal aneurysms, plaques with heavy calcification, severely eccentric plaques, plaques with overhanging edge, and plaques with spontaneous dissection were stented. The lesions were in the aorta (n= 1), common iliac artery (n= 19), or external iliac artery (n= 2). Results: Immediate angiography after stent placement revealed restoration of patency of the stented segment. Focal aneurysms and ulcerated areas were occluded in the follow-up angiographies obtained 4-12 weeks after the procedure. In one case with poor distal runoff and multiple complex lesions of the iliac artery, subacute occlusion occurred. Clinical and angiographic follow-up (3-46 months) revealed patency of all other stented segments. Conclusion: Primary stenting is an effective and reliable approach for complex plaques in stenoses. Patency of the arterial segment with a smooth lumen can be created without the risk of acute complications such as distal embolization, dissection, or occlusion.

  16. A Prospective, Randomized Study of an Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Stent Graft versus Balloon Angioplasty for In-Stent Restenosis in Arteriovenous Grafts and Fistulae: Two-Year Results of the RESCUE Study.

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    Falk, Abigail; Maya, Ivan D; Yevzlin, Alexander S

    2016-10-01

    To assess the safety and efficacy of an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene stent graft versus balloon angioplasty for the treatment of in-stent restenosis in the venous outflow of hemodialysis access grafts and fistulae. Two hundred seventy-five patients were randomized at 23 US sites to stent-graft placement or percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Primary study endpoints were access circuit primary patency (ACPP) at 6 months and safety through 30 days; secondary endpoints were evaluated through 24 months. ACPP at 6 months was significantly higher in the stent-graft group (18.6%) versus the PTA group (4.5%; P < .001), and freedom from safety events (30 days) was comparable (stent graft, 96.9%; PTA, 96.4%; P = .003 for noninferiority). The separation in ACPP survival curves remained through 12 months (stent graft, 6.2%; PTA, 1.5%). Treatment area primary patency (TAPP) was superior for the stent-graft group (66.4%) versus the PTA group (12.3%) at 6 months (P < .001), with a survivorship difference in favor of stent-graft placement maintained through 24 months (stent graft, 15.6%; PTA, 2.2%). ACPP and TAPP for the stent-graft group were better than those for the PTA group when compared within central and peripheral vein subgroups (P < .001). In central veins, TAPP was 13.6% in the stent-graft group versus 4.3% in the PTA group at 24 months (P < .001). Stent-graft use provided better ACPP and TAPP than PTA when treating in-stent restenosis in patients receiving dialysis with arteriovenous grafts and fistulae. Copyright © 2016 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Stent graft placement for a tracheoinnominate artery fistula.

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    Troutman, Douglas A; Dougherty, Matthew J; Spivack, Adam I; Calligaro, Keith D

    2014-05-01

    A 68-year-old woman with ventilator-dependent respiratory failure and multiple comorbidities developed acute massive hemoptysis. Computed tomographic angiogram revealed a 3.9-cm pseudoaneurysm arising from the innominate artery abutting the trachea. The patient was successfully treated with stent graft insertion via the right common carotid artery, with exclusion of the aneurysm from the proximal innominate to the right common carotid artery, with ligation of the proximal right subclavian artery and right common carotid to subclavian artery bypass. The patient remained medically stable for 3 months after the procedure with no evidence of endoleak or infection. She then developed recurrent hemoptysis with fatal cardiac arrest. Open surgical repair has been the treatment of choice for tracheoinnominate artery fistula. However, direct repair confers a high mortality risk. Endovascular exclusion offers a less invasive treatment option for tracheoinnominate artery fistula and can serve as a bridge for patients with potential for becoming better surgical candidates.

  18. Determination of coefficient of friction for self-expanding stent-grafts.

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    Vad, Siddharth; Eskinazi, Amanda; Corbett, Timothy; McGloughlin, Tim; Vande Geest, Jonathan P

    2010-12-01

    Migration of stent-grafts (SGs) after endovascular aneurysm repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms is a serious complication that may require secondary intervention. Experimental, analytical, and computational studies have been carried out in the past to understand the factors responsible for migration. In an experimental setting, it can be very challenging to correctly capture and understand the interaction between a SG and an artery. Quantities such as coefficient of friction (COF) and contact pressures that characterize this interaction are difficult to measure using an experimental approach. This behavior can be investigated with good accuracy using finite element modeling. Although finite element models are able to incorporate frictional behavior of SGs, the absence of reliable values of coefficient of friction make these simulations unreliable. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate a method for determining the coefficients of friction of a self-expanding endovascular stent-graft. The methodology is demonstrated by considering three commercially available self-expanding SGs, labeled as A, B, and C. The SGs were compressed, expanded, and pulled out of polymeric cylinders of varying diameters and the pullout force was recorded in each case. The SG geometries were recreated using computer-aided design modeling and the entire experiment was simulated in ABAQUS 6.8/STANDARD. An optimization procedure was carried out for each SG oversize configuration to determine the COF that generated a frictional force corresponding to that measured in the experiment. The experimental pullout force and analytically determined COF for SGs A, B, and C were in the range of 6-9 N, 3-12 N, and 3-9 N and 0.08-0.16, 0.22-0.46, and 0.012-0.018, respectively. The computational model predicted COFs in the range of 0.00025-0.0055, 0.025-0.07, and 0.00025-0.006 for SGs A, B, and C, respectively. Our results suggest that for SGs A and B, which are exoskeleton based devices, the pullout forces

  19. Late Complication after Superficial Femoral Artery (SFA) Aneurysm: Stent-graft Expulsion Outside the Skin

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    Pecoraro, Felice Sabatino, Ermanno R.; Dinoto, Ettore; Rosa, Giuliana La; Corte, Giuseppe; Bajardi, Guido

    2015-10-15

    A 78-year-old man presented with a 7-cm aneurysm in the left superficial femoral artery, which was considered unfit and anatomically unsuitable for conventional open surgery for multiple comorbidities. The patient was treated with stent-graft [Viabhan stent-graft (WL Gore and Associates, Flagstaff, AZ)]. Two years from stent-graft implantation, the patient presented a purulent secretion and a spontaneous external expulsion through a fistulous channel. No claudication symptoms or hemorrhagic signs were present. The pus and device cultures were positive for Staphylococcus aureus sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. Patient management consisted of fistula drainage, systemic antibiotic therapy, and daily wound dressing. At 1-month follow-up, the wound was closed. To our knowledge, this is the first case of this type of stent-graft complication presenting with external expulsion.

  20. Iatrogenic Aortic Dissection During Left Subclavian Artery Stenting: Immediate Detection by Calcium Sign Under Fluoroscope

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    Wang, Yi-Chih Hwang, Juey-Jen; Lai, Ling-Ping; Tseng, Chuen-Den

    2011-02-15

    Calcified aorta with acute iatrogenic aortic dissection is a potential but rarely reported complication of subclavian or innominate artery intervention. We report a patient who developed aortic dissection during stenting for left subclavian artery. A newly developed 'calcium sign,' signifying displacement of the intimal calcification from the outer soft-tissue margin and which is traditionally recognized on chest radiograph, was detected by real-time fluoroscopy and served as the diagnostic clue. Type B aortic dissection was further confirmed by chest computed tomography.

  1. Construction of Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt: Bare Metal Stent/Stent-graft Combination versus Single Stent-graft, a Prospective Randomized Controlled Study with Long-term Patency and Clinical Analysis

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    Wang, Chang-Ming; Li, Xuan; Fu, Jun; Luan, Jing-Yuan; Li, Tian-Run; Zhao, Jun; Dong, Guo-Xiang

    2016-01-01

    Background: Balanced adjustment of the portal vein shunt volume during a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is critical for maintaining liver perfusion and decreasing the incidence of liver insufficiency. A stent-graft is proved to be superior to a bare metal stent (BMS) for the construction of a TIPS. However, the clinical results of the combination application of stents and stent-grafts have not been determined. This study aimed to compare the technique of using a combination of stents and stent-grafts with using a single stent-graft to construct a TIPS. Methods: From April 2011 to November 2014, a total of fifty patients were randomly assigned to a stents-combination group (Group I, n = 28) or a stent-graft group (Group II, n = 22). Primary patency rates were calculated. Clinical data, including the technical success rate, bleeding control results, incidence of encephalopathy, liver function preservation, and survival rate, were assessed. Results: Technically, the success rate was 100% for both groups. The primary patency rates at 1, 2, and 3 years for Group I were 96%, 84%, and 77%, respectively; for Group II, they were 90%, 90%, and 78%, respectively. The survival rates at 1, 2, and 3 years for Group I were 79%, 74%, and 68%, respectively; for Group II, they were 82%, 82%, and 74%, respectively. The incidence of hepatic encephalopathy was 14.3% for Group I and 13.6% for Group II. The Child-Pugh score in Group I was stable at the end of the follow-up but had significantly increased in Group II (t = −2.474, P = 0.022). Conclusions: The construction of a TIPS with either the single stent-graft or BMS/stent-graft combination is effective for controlling variceal bleeding. The BMS/stent-graft combination technique is superior to the stent-graft technique in terms of hepatic function preservation indicated by the Child-Pugh score. However, considering the clinical results of the TIPS, the two techniques are comparable in their primary shunt

  2. Stent-Graft Repair of a Large Cervical Internal Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm Causing Dysphagia

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    Gupta, Vivek Niranjan, Khandelwal; Rawat, Lokesh; Gupta, A. K.

    2009-05-15

    Pseudoaneurysms of the cervical internal carotid artery (ICA) are rare and most frequently result from trauma, infection, or sometimes spontaneously. They have the potential to cause life-threatening hemorrhage; thus, their immediate management is necessary. Endovascular treatment by stent graft placement in the affected artery appears to be a safe and effective treatment option. We present a case of a child who presented with neck swelling and dysphagia caused by a ruptured cervical ICA pseudoaneurysm which was managed by stent graft placement.

  3. Treatment of Portosystemic Shunt Myelopathy with a Stent Graft Deployed through a Transjugular Intrahepatic Route

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    Jain, Deepak Arora, Ankur; Deka, Pranjal; Mukund, Amar Bhatnagar, Shorav; Jindal, Deepti Kumar, Niteen Pamecha, Viniyendra

    2013-08-01

    A case of surgically created splenorenal shunt complicated with shunt myelopathy was successfully managed by placement of a stent graft within the splenic vein to close the portosystemic shunt and alleviate myelopathy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of shunt myelopathy in a patient with noncirrhotic portal fibrosis without cirrhosis treated by a novel technique wherein a transjugular intrahepatic route was adopted to deploy the stent graft.

  4. Iatrogenic Iliac Artery Rupture: Emergency Management by Longer Stent-Graft on a Shorter Balloon

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    Trehan, Vijay; Nigam, Arima; Ramakrishnan, S.

    2007-02-15

    Rupture of an iliac artery during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty is a rare but potentially devastating complication. We report a case of iatrogenic external iliac artery rupture that was successfully treated by temporary balloon occlusion followed by endovascular stent graft placement in an unusual manner. Limited availability of the hardware necessitated the use of a longer bare stent graft mounted on a relatively shorter balloon.

  5. Vein Graft-Coated Vascular Stents: A Feasibility Study in a Canine Model

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    Schellhammer, Frank; Haberstroh, Joerg; Wakhloo, Ajay K.; Gottschalk, Eva; Schumacher, Martin

    1998-03-15

    Purpose: To evaluate different vein grafts for luminal coating of endovascular stents in normal canine arteries. Methods: Twenty-four tantalum Strecker stents were coated with either autologous (n= 10), denatured heterologous (n= 11), or denatured homologous vein grafts (n= 3). The carotid artery (n= 11) and the iliac artery (n= 13) were stented using a transfemoral approach. Angiograms were performed at days 0, 7, and 21, and months 3, 6, and 9. All grafts underwent histological examination. Results: Eight of 10 autologous vein grafts showed patency during the whole observation period of 9 months, without histological signs of inflammation. Denatured heterologous vein grafts revealed acute (n= 3), subacute (n= 5), or delayed (n= 3) vessel occlusion. Hyaloid transformation of the vein graft and lympho-plasmacellular formations were seen. Denatured homologous vein grafts showed acute vessel occlusion. Although significant inflammatory tissue response was seen, no host-versus-graft reaction was present. Conclusion: Autologous vein graft-coated stents showed good biocompatibility in canine arteries. Preparation was cumbersome and required surgical venae-sectio. Denatured vein grafts, however, were limited by inflammatory reactions.

  6. Esophageal and Bronchial Perforations After Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Replacement: Successful Repair with Covered Metallic Stents

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    Sueyoshi, Eijun; Imada, Tatsuya; Sakamoto, Ichiro; Uetani, Masataka; Hayashi, Kuniaki

    2003-09-15

    Esophageal and bronchial perforations are rare but potentially fatal complications of descending thoracic aortic aneurysm replacement. This report presents a 67-year-old man with both esophageal and bronchial perforations that occurred after descending thoracic aortic aneurysm replacement. Surgical repair was performed, but the lesions perforated again. Two covered metallic stent prostheses introduced into both the esophagus and left main bronchus led to the improvement of mediastinitis by sealing the perforations. To our knowledge, this is the first report describing successful treatment for esophageal and bronchial perforations using covered metallic stents. Placement of covered metallic stents can be an option for the treatment of patients with esophagorespiratory tract perforations, especially those who are in critical condition.

  7. Endovascular Repair of an Anastomotic Leak Following Open Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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    Mofidi, R. Flett, M.; Milne, A.; Chakraverty, S.

    2007-09-15

    This report describes the case of an early postoperative anastomotic leak following elective open repair of an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm which was successfully treated by endovascular stent-grafting. A 71-year-old man underwent open tube graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Twelve days later he presented with a contained leak from the distal anastomosis, which was confirmed on CT scan. This was successfully treated with a bifurcated aortic stent-graft. This case illustrates the usefulness of the endovascular approach for resolving this rare surgical complication of open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm and the challenges associated with the deployment of such a device within an aortic tube graft.

  8. Comparison of complete versus incomplete stent frame expansion after transcatheter aortic valve implantation with Medtronic CoreValve bioprosthesis.

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    Jilaihawi, Hasan; Chin, Derek; Spyt, Tomasz; Jeilan, Mohamed; Vasa-Nicotera, Mariuca; Mohamed, Noor; Bence, Johan; Logtens, Elaine; Kovac, Jan

    2011-06-15

    We sought to determine the significance of incomplete stent frame expansion after transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Medtronic-CoreValve device. Incomplete coronary stent expansion is a well-described phenomenon. Transcatheter valves are mounted on stents; however, the incidence of incomplete stent expansion after transcatheter aortic valve implantation, its sequelae and predictors are poorly elucidated. The 18Fr CoreValve revalving system was used to treat anatomically and clinically suitable patients with severe calcific aortic stenosis. The postdeployment stent dimensions were measured on fluoroscopic images at multiple levels of the stent frame. Incomplete expansion at each was defined as <100% expected and complete expansion as ≥100%. These parameters were correlated to the hemodynamic and clinical end points. A total of 50 consecutive patients underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Medtronic-CoreValve at a single center from January 2007 to December 2008. For the inflow portion, incomplete expansion was seen in 54% of patients and was unrelated to the aortic valve area, peak or mean aortic valve gradients, or measures of aortic regurgitation, although it was paradoxically associated with a lower incidence of prosthesis-patient mismatch. Incomplete expansion of the constrained portion was seen in 62% of the patients and displayed a trend toward a greater incidence of aortic regurgitation grade 2 or greater, although this was rare. Incomplete expansion of the Medtronic CoreValve stent frame is common. For the most part, valvular hemodynamic function was satisfactory, regardless of the degree of expansion of the stent frame that carries it and a strategy of reluctant postdilation in the context of incomplete stent frame expansion was supported. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Aneurysms of Hemodialysis Access Grafts: Treatment with Covered Stents: A Report of Three Cases

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    Hausegger, Klaus A.; Tiessenhausen, Kurt; Klimpfinger, Martin; Raith, Johann; Hauser, Hubert; Tauss, Josef

    1998-07-15

    Three patients with dialysis access graft shunts, having a symptomatic pseudoaneurysm and a hemodynamically significant stenosis at the anastomosis between the graft shunt and the subclavian vein, were treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and insertion of a Wallstent. Pseudoaneurysms were excluded by percutaneous insertion of a Cragg Endo-Pro stent-graft with a diameter of 6 mm and a length of 6-10 cm. All three aneurysms were excluded successfully. In two patients, the stent-graft was punctured repeatedly during follow-up and the aneurysms recurred after 7 and 8 months, respectively. The patency of the dialysis shunt after stent-graft insertion was 8 (n= 1) and 9 months (n= 2). Due to the recurrence of the aneurysm (n= 2) or recurrent thrombosis (n= 1) the use of these shunts was discontinued.

  10. Newly Developed Stent Graft with Micropored and Heparin Impregnated SPU Film

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    Nishi, S.; Nakayama, Y.; Ueda, H.; Ishikawa, M.; Matsuda, T.

    2001-01-01

    Summary The use of stents has improved results after balloon carotid angioplasty. Some materials have been reported for covering the metal surface of the stent to reduce the rate of subacute thrombosis and restenosis. We have already developed a new stent graft with thin-walled controlled micropored polymer covering, and in a previous study we confirmed tissue ingrowth via the micropores at one month in a beagle model. The progress of cell migration was controlled by micropore density using a constant micropore diameter (30µm diameter, 125µm inter-pore distance). In the present study, we applied our newly developed stent graft impregnated with heparin for implantation in the rabbit carotid artery, and carried out an angiographic and histological investigation. Our stent graft was made from a Palmaz-Schatz stent and a micropored segmental polyurethane (SPU) thin film with a heparin coating. Micropores 30µm in diameter and 125µm apart were created on the thin SPU film using an excimer laser ablation technique. The surface of the micropored film was then impregnated with photosensitive gelatin that incorporated the heparin. The metal stent was rolled up and fixed to this modified SPU film under microscopic observations. These stent grafts were deployed in the common carotid arteries (CCAs) of rabbits (37 carotid arteries, 20 rabbits). The animals were sacrificed one, two and three months later, and a histological study and scanning electron microscopy study were performed for evaluation of endoluminal endothelialization and intimal thickening at the late stage. CCAs treated with stent grafts of micropored film showed poor-patency and intimal hyperplasia compared with those treated with a simple bare stent or a heparin-impregnated stent. In terms of intimal hyperplasia and patency, the heparin-impregnated stent was superior to the bare stent. Intimal hyperplasia was prevented by control of tissue ingrowth through the micropores. The antithrombogenicity of the

  11. Delayed Type IIIb endoleak secondary to graft fabric tear 7 years following implantation of a Medtronic Talent endovascular aortic device: A case report and review of the literature

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    Kansal, Vinay; Nagpal, Sudhir

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To report a rare case of delayed Type IIIb endoleak secondary to fabric tear following implantation of a Medtronic Talent endovascular device. Methods: A 83-year old gentleman underwent elective endovascular aneurysm repair for infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm with a Medtronic bifurcated stent graft in 2008. Results: Seven years after the initial repair, imaging surveillance revealed significant endoleak and brisk aneurysm sac expansion due to Type IIIb endoleak secondary to endograft limb fabric tear. Conclusions: This case illustrates the imperative role of imaging surveillance in detection of long-term endovascular aneurysm repair complications. Furthermore, we discuss exclusion of the graft tear with aortouniiliac stent grafting as the treatment for this complication. PMID:27708782

  12. Results of celiac trunk stenting during fenestrated or branched aortic endografting.

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    Wattez, Hélène; Martin-Gonzalez, Teresa; Lopez, Benjamin; Spear, Rafaëlle; Clough, Rachel E; Hertault, Adrien; Sobocinski, Jonathan; Haulon, Stéphan

    2016-12-01

    Endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms involving the visceral segment of the aorta often requires placement of a covered bridging stent in the celiac axis (CA). The median arcuate ligament (MAL) is a fibrous arch that unites the diaphragmatic crura on either side of the aortic hiatus. The ligament may compress and distort the celiac artery and result in difficult cannulation, or stenosis and occlusion of the vessel. This study evaluated the influence of the MAL compression on the technical success and the patency of the celiac artery after branched and fenestrated endovascular aortic repair. We retrospectively analyzed a cohort of consecutive patients treated electively for complex aneurysms with branched and fenestrated endovascular aortic repair between January 2007 and April 2014. All data were collected prospectively. Analysis of preoperative computed tomography angiography on a three-dimensional workstation determined the presence of MAL compression. Patency of the CA bridging stent was assessed during follow-up by computed tomography angiography and duplex ultrasound evaluation. Statistical analysis was performed to compare the outcomes of patients with MAL (MAL+) and without MAL (MAL-) compression. Of 315 patients treated for aortic disease involving the visceral segment during the study period, 113 had endografts designed with a branch (n = 57) or fenestration (n = 56) for the CA. In 45 patients (39.8%), asymptomatic compression of the CA by the MAL was depicted (MAL+). Complex endovascular techniques were required in this group to access the CA in 16 (14.2%) patients (vs none in the MAL- group; P = .003), which lead to a failed bridging stent implantation in seven patients (6.2%). Increased operative time and dose area product were observed in the MAL+ group, but this did not reach statistical significance. In the MAL+ group, no thrombosis of the CA bridging stents were observed during follow-up; an external compression of the CA bridging stent was

  13. Radial forces of stents used in thoracic endovascular aortic repair and bare self-expanding nitinol stents measured ex vivo - Rapid rescue for obstruction of the innominate artery using bare self-expanding nitinol stents.

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    Matsumoto, Takuya; Inoue, Kentaro; Tanaka, Shinichi; Aoyagi, Yukihiko; Matsubara, Yutaka; Matsuda, Daisuke; Yoshiya, Keiji; Yoshiga, Ryosuke; Ohkusa, Tomoko; Maehara, Yoshihiko

    2017-02-01

    Purpose Our objective was to compare the radial forces of several stents ex vivo to identify stents suitable for rescue of the unexpected coverage of aortic arch branches in thoracic endovascular aortic repair. Methods We measured the radial forces of two types of self-expanding bare nitinol stents (E-luminexx and Epic) used singly or as double-walled pairs, and of three endoprostheses used in thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR, Gore c-TAG, Relay, and Valiant) by compressing the stent using an MTS Instron universal testing machine (model #5582). We also examined the compressive effects of the TEVAR endoprostheses and the bare nitinol stents on each other. Results The radial force was greater in the center than at the edge of each stent. In all stents tested, the radial force decreased incrementally with increasing stent diameter. The radial force at the center was two times greater when using two stents than with a single stent. In the compression test, only E-luminexx used as a pair was not compressed after compressing a Relay endoprosthesis by 12 mm. Conclusion Two E-luminexx stents are appropriate to restore the blood flow if a TEVAR endoprosthesis covers the innominate artery following innominate-carotid-left subclavian arterial bypass.

  14. Ductal Stent Implantation in Tetralogy of Fallot with Aortic Arch Abnormality

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    Ergul, Yakup; Saygi, Murat; Ozyilmaz, Isa; Guzeltas, Alper; Odemis, Ender

    2015-01-01

    Stenting of patent ductus arteriosus is an alternative to palliative cardiac surgery in newborns with duct-dependent or decreased pulmonary circulation; however, the use of this technique in patients with an aortic arch abnormality presents a challenge. Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect that is frequently associated with anomalies of the aortic arch and its branches. The association is even more common in patients with chromosome 22q11 deletion. We present the case of an 18-day-old male infant who had cyanosis and a heart murmur. After an initial echocardiographic evaluation, the patient was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot and right-sided aortic arch. The pulmonary annulus and the main pulmonary artery and its branches were slightly hypoplastic; the ductus arteriosus was small. Conventional and computed tomographic angiograms revealed a double aortic arch and an aberrant left subclavian artery. The right aortic arch branched into the subclavian arteries and continued into the descending aorta, whereas the left aortic arch branched into the common carotid arteries and ended with the patent ductus arteriosus. After evaluation of the ductal anatomy, we implanted a 3.5 × 15-mm coronary stent in the duct. Follow-up injections showed augmented pulmonary flow and an increase in oxygen saturation from 65% to 94%. The patient was also found to have chromosome 22q11 deletion. PMID:26175649

  15. Ductal stent implantation in tetralogy of fallot with aortic arch abnormality.

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    Tola, Hasan Tahsin; Ergul, Yakup; Saygi, Murat; Ozyilmaz, Isa; Guzeltas, Alper; Odemis, Ender

    2015-06-01

    Stenting of patent ductus arteriosus is an alternative to palliative cardiac surgery in newborns with duct-dependent or decreased pulmonary circulation; however, the use of this technique in patients with an aortic arch abnormality presents a challenge. Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect that is frequently associated with anomalies of the aortic arch and its branches. The association is even more common in patients with chromosome 22q11 deletion. We present the case of an 18-day-old male infant who had cyanosis and a heart murmur. After an initial echocardiographic evaluation, the patient was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot and right-sided aortic arch. The pulmonary annulus and the main pulmonary artery and its branches were slightly hypoplastic; the ductus arteriosus was small. Conventional and computed tomographic angiograms revealed a double aortic arch and an aberrant left subclavian artery. The right aortic arch branched into the subclavian arteries and continued into the descending aorta, whereas the left aortic arch branched into the common carotid arteries and ended with the patent ductus arteriosus. After evaluation of the ductal anatomy, we implanted a 3.5 × 15-mm coronary stent in the duct. Follow-up injections showed augmented pulmonary flow and an increase in oxygen saturation from 65% to 94%. The patient was also found to have chromosome 22q11 deletion.

  16. [The management of aortic root replacement using the Top-Hat/Gelweave composite graft].

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    Imada, T; Morishige, N; Nonaka, K; Yamanaka, J

    2000-06-01

    Composite graft replacement of the aortic root has become a routine procedure for annuloaortic ectasia (AAE) and aortic valve insufficiency (AR) with aortic dissection and the results have improved. We treated six cases of aortic root reconstruction using the Carrel patch method in 1998. The Top-Hat/Gelweave Composite graft fit together well and the procedure is technically similar to standard valve replacement. Upon measuring the valve size a Gelweave graft 1 mm larger than the valve size should be selected. There were no incidence of hemorrhage or postoperative hemolysis. Further long-term follow-up is necessary.

  17. Embolization of experimental aneurysms using a heparin-loaded stent graft with micropores

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    Nishi, Shogo; Nakayama, Yasuhide; Ueda-Ishibashi, Hatsue; Matsuda, Takehisa

    2003-03-01

    Purpose: For percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), a heparin-loaded stent graft, composed of a commercially available metallic stent with a microporous and surface-modified thin film, has been developed. Early controlled endothelialization is promoted by a regular array of micropores produced by an excimer laser ablation technique. Early thrombus is prevented by a drug delivery system established by impregnation of photoreactive gelatin with heparin. Our stent grafts were used for embolization of experimental carotid aneurysms with an autologous external jugular vein patch in dogs. Materials and methods: At 1 month after formation, the aneurysms were occluded with stent grafts. Affected arteries were removed with the aneurysms, immediately (two aneurysms in one dog), 1 week (four aneurysms in two dogs), 1 month (three aneurysms in two dogs) and 3 months (four aneurysms in two dogs) after embolization, and were studied histologically to evaluate patency and endothelialization over the intraluminal surface of the thin film. Results: Treated carotid arteries were all patent with occluded aneurysms completely at any periods. Even at 1 week after embolization, endothelialization was confirmed on the surface of the stent graft on the lumen side. At 1 and 3 months, all treated aneurysms with enough patent parent arteries were filled with organized tissues and completely occluded. Conclusion: Our developed stent graft appears to be promising for the treatment of aneurysms, especially with respect to immediate termination of blood inflow and early endothelialization in the neck of the aneurysm.

  18. Endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms involving iliac bifurcation: role of iliac branch graft device in prevention of buttock claudication.

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    Fernández-Alonso, Leopoldo; Fernández-Alonso, Sebastián; Grijalba, Fermín Urtasun; Fariña, Estéfana Santamarta; Aguilar, Esther Martínez; Alegret Solé, Jorge Francisco; Pascual, Margarita Atienza; Centeno, Roberto

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this study was to describe our early experience with the use of iliac branch grafts (IBGs) in aortoiliac aneurysm repair at our institution and to evaluate the technical feasibility, short-term patency rate, and potential clinical benefits, with special focus on prevention of buttock claudication. From March 2009 to November 2010, 9 consecutive patients (all men), mean age 71.1 years (range 62-80 years), underwent IBG implantation at our institution. Indications were abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with common iliac artery (CIA) involvement (n = 7), bilateral CIA aneurysm (n = 1), and AAA with bilateral CIA and unilateral IIA involvement (n = 1). Postoperative endoleaks and patency rate were determined with computed tomography (CT) within 1 month of implantation and 1 year thereafter, with concurrent clinical evaluation for pelvic ischemia. Mean follow-up period was 14.7 (range 9-29) months. Technical success rate, as defined by successful implantation of the iliac branch graft (IBG) with no intraprocedural type I or type III endoleak, was 100%. The mean hospitalization duration was 4 days (range 3-6 days), with 0% mortality at 30 days. There were 3 cases of type II endoleak detected perioperatively, which were treated conservatively. Two endoleaks sealed spontaneously on the 1-month CT scan and 1 persists without aneurysm sac expansion. All stent-implanted aortic and iliac aneurysms remained stable in size during follow-up, with no aneurysm rupture or death recorded. All stent-implanted iliac branches remained patent on follow-up and all patients were asymptomatic. Iliac branch graft placement is a feasible technique with excellent short-term results in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms involving the iliac bifurcation. This technique can efficiently prevent buttock claudication. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. The role of robotic endovascular catheters in fenestrated stent grafting.

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    Riga, Celia V; Cheshire, Nicholas J W; Hamady, Mohamad S; Bicknell, Colin D

    2010-04-01

    Fenestrated stent grafting has allowed the treatment of complex thoraco-abdominal aneurysm disease via a totally endovascular approach, but the procedure can be technically challenging and time consuming. We investigated whether this procedure may be enhanced by remotely steerable robotic endovascular catheters. A four-vessel fenestrated stent graft partially deployed within a computed tomography (CT)-reconstructed pulsatile thoraco-abdominal aneurysm silicon model was used. Fifteen operators were recruited to participate in the study and divided into three groups, based on their endovascular experience: group A (n = 4, 100-200 endovascular procedures, group B (n = 5, 200-300), and group C (n = 6, >300). All operators were asked to cannulate the renal and visceral vessels under fluoroscopic guidance, using conventional and robotic techniques. Quantitative (catheterization times and wire/catheter tip movements) and qualitative metrics (procedure-specific-rating scale [IC3ST]), which grades operators on catheter use, instrumentation, successful cannulation/catheterization, and overall performance were compared. Median procedure time for cannulation of all four vessels was reduced using the robotic system (2.87 min, interquartile range [IQR; 2.20-3.90] versus 17.24 min [11.90-19.80]; P < .001) for each individual operator, regardless of the level of endovascular experience. The total number of wire/catheter movements taken to complete the task was also significantly reduced (38, IQR [29-57] versus 454 [283-687]; P < .001). There were significant differences in time and movement for cannulation of each individual vessel in the phantom. Robotic catheter operator radiation exposure was negligible as the robotic workstation is remote and away from the radiation source. Overall performance scores significantly improved using the robotic system, despite minimal operator exposure to this technology (IC3ST score 29/35, IQR [22.8-30.7] versus 19/35 [13-24.3]; P = .002). Each

  20. Percutaneous stent-mounted valve for treatment of aortic or pulmonary valve disease.

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    Webb, John G; Munt, Bradley; Makkar, Raj R; Naqvi, Tasneem Z; Dang, Ninh

    2004-09-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a prosthetic cardiac valve designed for percutaneous transcatheter implantation. Percutaneous catheter-based therapies play a limited role in the management of cardiac valve disease. Surgical implantation of prosthetic valves usually requires thoracotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass. The stent-valve is constructed of a rolled sheet of heat-treated nitinol. Although malleable when cooled, once released from a restraining sheath at body temperature the stent unrolls, becomes rigid, and assumes its predetermined cylindrical conformation. A ratcheting lock-out mechanism prevents recoil and external protrusions facilitate anchoring. Valve leaflets are constructed of bovine pericardium. The feasibility of catheter implantation, prosthetic valve function, and survival were investigated in an animal model. In vitro and pulse duplicator testing documented valve durability. Endovascular delivery of the prototype stent-valve to the aortic or pulmonary position was feasible. Accurate positioning was required to ensure exclusion of the native valve leaflets and, in the case of the aortic valve, to avoid compromise of the coronary ostia or mitral apparatus. Oversizing of the stent in relation to the valve annulus was desirable to facilitate anchoring and prevent paravalvular insufficiency. Stent-valve implantation proved feasible and compatible with survival in an animal model. Transcatheter implantation of prosthetic valves is possible. Further evolution of this technology will involve lower-profile devices with design features that facilitate vascular delivery, visualization, positioning, deployment, and valvular function.

  1. Successful endovascular repair of an aneurysm of the ductus diverticulum with a branched stent graft: case report and review of literature.

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    Saito, Naritatsu; Kimura, Takeshi; Toma, Masanao; Teragaki, Masakazu; Minaminimura, Hiroyoshi; Kita, Toru; Inoue, Kanji

    2004-12-01

    Aneurysm of the ductus diverticulum rarely has been reported in adults, and the reported aneurysms were treated with conventional open surgery or were diagnosed at autopsy. We report a successful endovascular repair of an aneurysm of the ductus diverticulum with the Inoue branched stent graft. In a 78-year-old woman, an abnormal shadow was noted at the aortopulmonary window on a chest x-ray film. A computed tomography scan demonstrated a 3.8-cm saccular aneurysm, which protruded inferiorly from the distal end of the aortic arch. The aneurysm was considered an aneurysm of the ductus diverticulum, and surgery was required. However, the patient was considered at high risk for respiratory dysfunction with conventional open surgery. Endovascular repair with an Inoue single-branched stent graft was performed with the patient under local anesthesia, successfully and without complication or endoleak. To our knowledge, this is the first report of endovascular treatment of an aneurysm of the ductus diverticulum.

  2. Surgical Repair of Retrograde Type A Aortic Dissection after Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair

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    Kim, Chang-Young; Kim, Yeon Soo; Ryoo, Ji Yoon

    2014-01-01

    It is expected that the stent graft will become an alternative method for treating aortic diseases or reducing the extent of surgery; therefore, thoracic endovascular aortic repair has widened its indications. However, it can have rare but serious complications such as paraplegia and retrograde type A aortic dissection. Here, we report a surgical repair of retrograde type A aortic dissection that was performed after thoracic endovascular aortic repair. PMID:24570865

  3. A geometric model of the normal human aortic root and design of a fully anatomic aortic root graft.

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    Crooke, Philip S; Beavan, L Alan; Griffin, Charles D; Mazzitelli, Domenico; Rankin, J Scott

    2015-01-01

    Available aortic root grafts generally flare outward in the sinus region, and this feature improves procedural ease. However, no current device is based on normal aortic root geometry, and a fully anatomic aortic root graft could further facilitate valve-sparing root operations. To develop a model of the normal human aortic root, high-resolution computed tomographic angiogram images from 11 normal human aortas generated high-density x, y, z coordinates of valve and root structures in Mathematica. Three-dimensional least-squares regression analyses assessed geometry of the aortic valve and root. Shapes and dimensions were quantified, and minor variations in geometry were simplified during graft design. Normal aortic valve and root geometry was represented as three leaflet-sinus general ellipsoids nested within a cylindrical aorta. Sinotubular junction diameter was 5 mm larger than the valve base-with a slight funnel-shaped outward commissural flare but cylindrical geometry above the midvalve. The valve base was elliptical, but the midvalve and the sinotubular junction were circular above the midvalve level. Commissural locations on the base circumference were equidistant. On the basis of average three-dimensional geometry, a root graft was designed for root remodeling procedures-to be used with an internal geometric annuloplasty ring of the same design. An aortic root graft was designed on the basis of mathematical analyses of computed tomographic angiogram images. The design incorporated three anatomic sinuses, commissural symmetry, and compatibility with geometric ring annuloplasty. The anatomic graft may prove useful for restoring aortic root geometry toward normal during aortic valve and root surgery.

  4. Stent-grafts placement for treatment of massive hemorrhage from ruptured hepatic artery after pancreaticoduodenectomy

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    Wang, Mao-Qiang; Liu, Feng-Yong; Duan, Feng; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Song, Peng; Fan, Qing-Sheng

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To present a series of cases with life-threatening hemorrhage from ruptured hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) treated with placement of stent-grafts. METHODS: Massive hemorrhage from ruptured hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm after PD in 9 patients (6 men, 3 women) at the age of 23-75 years (mean 48 years), were treated with placement of percutaneous endovascular balloon-expandable coronary stent-grafts. All patients were not suitable for embolization because of a non-patent portal vein. One or more stent-grafts, ranging 3-6 mm in diameter and 16-55 mm in length, were placed to exclude ruptured pseudoaneurysm. Follow-up data, including clinical condition, liver function tests, and Doppler ultrasound examination, were recorded at the outpatient clinic. RESULTS: Immediate technical success was achieved in all the 9 patients. All stent-grafts were deployed in the intended position for immediate cessation of bleeding and preservation of satisfactory hepatic arterial blood flow. No significant procedure-related complications occurred. Recurrent bleeding occurred in 2 patients at 16 and 24 h, respectively, after placement of stent-grafts and treated with surgical revision. One patient died of sepsis 12 d after the interventional procedure. The remaining 6 patients were survived when they were discharged. The mean follow-up time was 10.5 mo (range 4-16 mo). No patient had recurrent bleeding after discharge. Doppler ultrasound examination verified the patency of hepatic artery and stent-grafts during the follow-up. CONCLUSION: Placement of stent-grafts is an effective and safe procedure for acute life-threatening hemorrhage from ruptured hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm. PMID:20677346

  5. Renal Artery Stent Placement Complicated by Development of a Type B Aortic Dissection

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    Haesemeyer, Scott W.; Vedantham, Suresh Braverman, Alan

    2005-01-15

    Percutaneous renal artery angioplasty and stent placement have demonstrated safety and effectiveness in the treatment of selected patients with renovascular hypertension and ischemic nephropathy. Major complications have been predominantly confined to the affected renal artery and kidneys, including renal artery dissection and/or thrombosis, distal embolization, and contrast-related nephropathy. We report a case in which treatment of an ostial renal artery lesion with placement of a balloon-expandable stent was complicated by the development of an acute Type B aortic dissection.

  6. Lethal Hemorrhage Caused by Aortoesophageal Fistula Secondary to Stent-Graft Repair of the Thoracic Aorta

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    Sager, Hendrik B.; Wellhoener, Peter; Wermelt, Johanna A.; Schunkert, Heribert; Kurowski, Volkhard

    2011-02-15

    Aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) is a rare but life-threatening complication after endovascular or surgical aortic repair. Here we report a patient with AEF secondary to aortic stent-placement 2 years earlier who presented with hematemesis and died from hemorrhagic shock. By means of this case and the literature, we highlight potential bleeding sources in such a scenario because this is of crucial importance for the management strategy.

  7. Present and future of endovascular SFA treatment: stents, stent-grafts, drug coated balloons and drug coated stents.

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    Bosiers, M; Deloose, K; Verbist, J; Peeters, P

    2008-04-01

    The current evolution towards treating more complex femoropopliteal lesions as seen in the renewed TASC II recommendations clearly reflects the continuous evolutions in femoropopliteal stent design. Recent stent design improvements focus on decreasing stent fractures rates which can negatively impact patency rates. By rearranging strut alignment towards helical connecting bridges or full helical stent designs, stent designers have successfully improved the fracture resistance of their stents. The superior fracture resistance of the latest stent generation in combination with the production of long nitinol stents of up to 20 cm in length allow that more difficult and complex lesions can be treated endovascularly. The continuous perfection of nitinol stent platforms followed by the transfer of coronary technologies (e.g. active coatings) towards peripheral devices might broaden the indications for the minimal invasive strategy towards TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC) II C&D lesions.

  8. Antibiotic-impregnated beads for the treatment of aortic graft infection.

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    Healy, Aaron H; Reid, Bruce B; Allred, Bryce D; Doty, John R

    2012-03-01

    Infection of a prosthetic graft after replacement of the ascending aorta is an uncommon but life-threatening complication of surgery. We report the use of antibiotic-impregnated calcium sulfate beads in a patient with ascending aortic graft infection to provide localized, high-dose therapy to the infected region. Perigraft placement of antibiotic beads provides an alternative method for the treatment of aortic graft infection.

  9. Modified graft-stent vestibuloplasty approach for rehabilitation of loss of sulcus.

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    Balaji, S M; Venkatakrishnan, C J

    2010-06-01

    Skin graft vestibuloplasty has long been popularized in increasing the depth of the vestibule. An unusual case of vestibuloplasty for correction of vestibule depth due to previous surgery is presented. Conventional methods of graft-stent fixation are traumatic, effortful and carry substantial risk. An altered method for rehabilitation of the present case by using graft-vestibuloplasty is described with underlying physiology of the process.

  10. Outcomes of Prosthetic Hemodialysis Grafts after Deployment of Bare Metal versus Covered Stents at the Venous Anastomosis

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    Kim, Charles Y. Tandberg, Daniel J.; Rosenberg, Michael D.; Miller, Michael J.; Suhocki, Paul V.; Smith, Tony P.

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: To compare postintervention patency rates after deployment of bare metal versus covered stents across the venous anastomosis of prosthetic arteriovenous (AV) grafts. Methods: Review of our procedural database over a 6 year period revealed 377 procedures involving stent deployment in an AV access circuit. After applying strict inclusion criteria, our study group consisted of 61 stent deployments in 58 patients (median age 58 years, 25 men, 33 women) across the venous anastomosis of an upper extremity AV graft circuit that had never been previously stented. Both patent and thrombosed AV access circuits were retrospectively analyzed. Within the bare metal stent group, 20 of 32 AV grafts were thrombosed at initial presentation compared to 18 of 29 AV grafts in the covered stent group. Results: Thirty-two bare metal stents and 29 covered stents were deployed across the venous anastomosis. The 3, 6, and 12 months primary access patency rates for bare metal stents were not significantly different than for covered stents: 50, 41, and 22 % compared to 59, 52, and 29 %, respectively (p = 0.21). The secondary patency rates were also not significantly different: 78, 78, and 68 % for bare metal stents compared to 76, 69, and 61 % for covered stents, respectively (p = 0.85). However, covered stents demonstrated a higher primary stent patency rate than bare metal stents: 100, 85, and 70 % compared to 75, 67, and 49 % at 3, 6, and 12 months (p < 0.01). Conclusion: The primary and secondary access patency rates after deployment of bare metal versus covered stents at the venous anastomosis were not significantly different. However, bare metal stents developed in-stent stenoses significantly sooner.

  11. Stent graft repair of subclavian and axillary vascular injuries: The Groote Schuur experience.

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    Naidoo, N G; Navsaria, P; Beningfield, S J; Natha, B; Cloete, N; Gill, H

    2015-10-08

    Trauma-related subclavian and axillary vascular injuries (SAVIs) are generally associated with high morbidity and mortality rates in the surgical literature. There is an emerging trend towards increasing use of stent grafts (covered stents) for repair, with evidence limited to small case series and case reports. To report on the clinical and device-related outcomes of stent graft repair of trauma-related SAVIs at a single institution. A retrospective chart review of all patients with trauma-related SAVIs requiring stent graft repair was performed. Outcome measures included technical success, mortality, amputation rate, device-related complications (early and late), and reintervention rates (early and late). A total of 31 patients was identified between June 2008 and October 2013 (30 males, 1 female). Mean age was 27.9 years (range 19-51). All 31 patients sustained a penetrating injury (93.5% stab, 6.5% gunshot injuries). There were 21 subclavian and 10 axillary artery injuries. Five patients (16%) were HIV-positive. Nine patients (29%) were shocked on presentation. Early results (30 days): There were no periprocedural deaths. Primary technical success was 83.9% (26/31). Five patients required adjunctive interventional or operative procedures. There were no early procedure-related complications, reinterventions or open conversions in this study. Overall, suboptimal results were seen in five patients (one type I endoleak and four type II endoleaks). Follow-up results (>30 days): Nineteen patients (61.3%) were available for follow-up. Mean duration of follow-up was 55.7 weeks (range 4 - 240). Overall stent graft patency was 89.5% (17/19). Four patients (21.1%) had an occluded stent graft. Stent graft salvage was possible in two patients. Three type II endoleaks were seen on follow-up. Late reinterventions were performed in five patients (26.3%). Conversion to an open procedure was not required in any patient. There was one late death and one major amputation of a

  12. Finite Element Modeling of A Novel Self-Expanding Endovascular Stent Method in Treatment of Aortic Aneurysms

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    Arokiaraj, Mark C.; Palacios, Igor F.

    2014-01-01

    A novel large self-expanding endovascular stent was designed with strut thickness of 70 μm × 70 μm width. The method was developed and investigated to identify a novel simpler technique in aortic aneurysm therapy. Stage 1 analysis was performed after deploying it in a virtual aneurysm model of 6 cm wide × 6 cm long fusiform hyper-elastic anisotropic design. At cell width of 9 mm, there was no buckling or migration of the stent at 180 Hg. Radial force of the stents was estimated after parametric variations. In stage 2 analysis, a prototype 300 μm × 150 μm stent with a cell width of 9 mm was chosen, and it was evaluated similarly after embedding in the aortic wall, and also with a tissue overgrowth of 1 mm over the stent. The 300/150 μm stent reduced the peak wall stress by 70% in the aneurysm and 50% reduction in compliance after embedding. Stage 3 analysis was performed to study the efficacy of stents with struts (thickness/width) 70/70, 180/100 and 300/150 μm after embedding and tissue overgrowth. The adjacent wall stresses were very minimal in stents with 180/100 and 70/70 μm struts after embedding. There is potential for a novel stent method in aortic aneurysm therapy.

  13. A 5-year evaluation using the talent endovascular graft for endovascular aneurysm repair in short aortic necks.

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    Jim, Jeffrey; Sanchez, Luis A; Rubin, Brian G; Criado, Frank J; Fajardo, Andres; Geraghty, Patrick J; Sicard, Gregorio A

    2010-10-01

    Although endovascular aneurysm repair has been shown to be an effective way to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), certain anatomic characteristics such as a short aortic neck, limit its applicability. Initially, commercially available devices were approved only for the treatment of AAA with an aortic neck length ≥ 15 mm. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of the recently approved Talent endograft for AAAs with a short aortic neck length (10-15 mm). Data were obtained from the prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter Talent enhanced Low Profile Stent Graft System trial which enrolled patients between February 2002 and April 2003. A total of 154 patients with adequate preoperative imaging were identified for this study. Subgroup analyses were performed for AAA with 10-15 mm aortic neck and those with >15 mm neck. Safety and effectiveness endpoints were evaluated at 30 days, 1 year, and 5 years postprocedure. Patients treated with aortic neck lengths of 10-15 mm (n = 35) and those with >15 mm (n = 102) had similar age, gender, and risk factor profile. Both groups had similar preoperative aneurysm morphology in terms of maximum aneurysm size, degree of neck angulation, or proximal neck diameter. There were no statistically significant differences in freedom from major adverse events and mortality rates at 30 and 365 days. Similarly, there was no difference in the effectiveness endpoints at 12 months. At 5 years, there was no difference in migration rate, endoleaks, or change in aneurysm diameter from baseline. In addition, there is no difference in freedom from aneurysm-related mortality (94% vs. 99%). AAAs with short aortic necks (10-15 mm) and otherwise suitable anatomy for endovascular repair can be safely and effectively treated with the Talent endograft with excellent 1 and 5 year outcomes. Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  14. Endovascular treatment of ruptured abdominal aneurysm into the inferior vena cava in patient after stent graft placement.

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    Juszkat, Robert; Pukacki, Fryderyk; Zarzecka, Anna; Kulesza, Jerzy; Majewski, Wacław

    2009-07-01

    We report the case of a patient who underwent endovascular repair and then reintervention as a result of the presence of a persistent endoleak complicated by an aortocaval fistula. A 76-year-old patient with a history of endovascular treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm 2 years earlier had a palpable abdominal mass, high-output cardiac failure, and renal failure. A computed tomographic scan and angiography revealed bending of the right iliac limb, a type I endoleak, and rupture of the aneurysm into the inferior vena cava with aortocaval fistula formation. An iliac extension was positioned in the right external iliac artery. The procedure was finished successfully. Control angiography showed normal flow within the endoprosthesis, and both iliac arteries were without signs of endoleakage and aortocaval fistula. Ectatic common iliac artery may lead to a late distal attachment site endoleak. The application of a stent graft in cases of secondary aortocaval fistula after stent graft repair is a good option, particularly in emergency cases.

  15. Endovascular Treatment of Ruptured Abdominal Aneurysm into the Inferior Vena Cava in Patient After Stent Graft Placement

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    Juszkat, Robert; Pukacki, Fryderyk; Zarzecka, Anna; Kulesza, Jerzy; Majewski, Waclaw

    2009-07-15

    We report the case of a patient who underwent endovascular repair and then reintervention as a result of the presence of a persistent endoleak complicated by an aortocaval fistula. A 76-year-old patient with a history of endovascular treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm 2 years earlier had a palpable abdominal mass, high-output cardiac failure, and renal failure. A computed tomographic scan and angiography revealed bending of the right iliac limb, a type I endoleak, and rupture of the aneurysm into the inferior vena cava with aortocaval fistula formation. An iliac extension was positioned in the right external iliac artery. The procedure was finished successfully. Control angiography showed normal flow within the endoprosthesis, and both iliac arteries were without signs of endoleakage and aortocaval fistula. Ectatic common iliac artery may lead to a late distal attachment site endoleak. The application of a stent graft in cases of secondary aortocaval fistula after stent graft repair is a good option, particularly in emergency cases.

  16. A new stent graft. With thin walled controlled micropored polymer covering.

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    Nishi, S; Nakayama, Y; Ueda, H; Ishikawa, M; Matsuda, T

    2000-11-30

    The use of stents improves the result after balloon coronary angioplasty. Restenosis due to neointimal hyperplasia and proliferation of smooth muscle cells are, however, a concern. In the present report, we studied the prevention of restenosis to allow endothelial cell migration and growth to proceed through micropores using our developed stent graft with micropored segmented polyurethane (SPU) thin film in a normal beagle model. Our developed stent graft was made from Palmaz stent and micropored SPU thin film. The SPU film was arranged into four different micropore densities around the circumference: no micropores, arrangement 4; micropores of 30mum in diameter with an orderly distance of 250mum; (arrangement 1), 500mum; (arrangement 2) and 125mum (arrangement 3) between the neighboring two pores. Micropores were made using the Excimer laser ablation technique. The Palmaz stent was wrapped with micropored film, sutured, and glued with DMF (dimethyl formamide) under aid of a microscope. These stents were placed in the common carotid arteries of beagles (n = 5). They were sacrificed at 1 month, and a histological study and scanning electron microscopy study were performed for evaluation of endoluminal endothelialization. In 10 arteries applied with stent grafts, there was no severe stenosis although it did occur to some extent. All stented arteries were patent. Endothelial cell migration and growth through micropores were observed histologically on micropored SPU thin film in this model, which did not affect the intraluminal diameter. In most non-porous regions, significant thrombi were found between the SPU film and the neointimal layer. On the other hand, in the porous region, little thrombosis was observed except in the lowest density region. In 125mum of distance between two neighboring pores, the neointimal layer was the thinnest, which was suitable for wide intraluminal space after placement of a stent graft. Endothelial cell migration and growth through

  17. The INNOVATION Trial: four-year safety and effectiveness of the INCRAFT® AAA Stent-Graft System for endovascular repair.

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    Pratesi, Giovanni; Pratesi, Carlo; Chiesa, Roberto; Coppi, Gioacchino; Scheinert, Dierk; Brunkwall, Jan S; van der Meulen, Stefaan; Torsello, Giovanni

    2017-10-01

    This paper reports the 4-year safety and effectiveness of the INCRAFT® AAA Stent-Graft System (Cordis Corp., Milpitas, CA, USA), an ultra-low-profile device for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The INNOVATION Trial is the prospective, first-in-human, multicenter trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the INCRAFT® System. Patients underwent annual clinical and computed tomography angiography examination as part of the study protocol. The INCRAFT® AAA Stent-Graft System is a customizable tri-modular design, with an ultra-low profile (14-Fr) delivery system. Patient were treated under approved protocol, the prescribed clinical and imaging follow-up at annually through 5 years. Results analyzed and adjudicated by a clinical events committee, independent core laboratory, and a data safety and monitoring board. This manuscript reports results through 4 years of follow-up. A total of 60 patients were enrolled in the trial, all of whom were successfully treated. Follow-up rates at 1 and 4 years were 93% (56/60) and 85% (51/60), respectively. All-cause mortality at 4 years was 17.6% and no death was AAA-, device-, or procedure-related. The secondary reintervention rate at 1 year was 4.6%, primarily the result of stent thrombosis. In total, 10 patients required 13 post-procedure interventions within 4-years of follow-up (2 to repair a type I endoleak, 4 to repair a type II endoleak, 1 for stent thrombosis, 1 for renal stenosis, 1 for aneurysm enlargement, 2 for limb migration and 2 for prosthesis stenosis or occlusion). There were 4 cases (10%) of aneurysm enlargement reported at the 4 year follow-up. At 4 years, 38 out of 39 patients were free from type I and III endoleaks. There were no proximal type I or type III endoleaks at 4-year follow-up. Core laboratory evaluation of the postoperative imaging studies indicated absence of endograft migration while a single fracture was demonstrated without any clinical sequelae. The INCRAFT® AAA Stent-Graft

  18. Stent valve implantation in conventional redo aortic valve surgery to prevent patient-prosthesis mismatch.

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    Ferrari, Enrico; Franciosi, Giorgio; Clivio, Sara; Faletra, Francesco; Moccetti, Marco; Moccetti, Tiziano; Pedrazzini, Giovanni; Demertzis, Stefanos

    2017-03-01

    The goal was to show the technical details, feasibility and clinical results of balloon-expandable stent valve implantation in the aortic position during conventional redo open-heart surgery in selected obese patients with a small aortic prosthesis and severe patient-prosthesis mismatch. Two symptomatic overweight patients (body mass index of 31 and 38), each with a small aortic prosthesis (a 4-year-old, 21-mm Hancock II biological valve and a 29-year-old, 23-mm Duromedic mechanical valve), increased transvalvular gradients (59/31 and 74/44 mmHg) and a reduced indexed effective orifice area (0.50 and 0.43 cm 2 /m 2 ) underwent implantation of two 26-mm balloon-expandable Sapien 3 valves during standard on-pump redo valve surgery. Using full re-sternotomy, cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegic arrest, the two balloon-expandable stent valves were implanted under direct view using a standard aortotomy, after prosthesis removal and without annulus enlargement. Aortic cross-clamp times were 162 and 126 min; cardiopulmonary bypass times were 178 and 180 min; total surgical times were 360 and 318 min. At discharge, echocardiograms showed transvalvular peak and mean gradients of 13/9 and 23/13 mmHg and indexed effective orifice areas of 0.64 and 1.08 cm 2 /m 2 . The 3-month echocardiographic follow-up showed transvalvular peak and mean gradients of 18/9 and 19/11 mmHg and indexed effective orifice areas of 0.78 cm 2 /m 2 and 0.84 cm 2 /m 2 , with improved symptoms (New York Heart Association class 1). Implantation of a balloon-expandable stent valve during redo aortic valve surgery is feasible in selected cases and prevents patient-prosthesis mismatch in obese patients without need for aortic annulus enlargement. Moreover, in the case of stent valve degeneration, this approach permits additional valve-in-valve procedures with large stent valves and prevents re-redo surgery.

  19. Stent graft versus balloon angioplasty for failing dialysis access grafts: a long-awaited advance in the treatment of permanent hemodialysis access.

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    Dolmatch, Bart L

    2010-01-01

    Arteriovenous grafts (AVGs) for hemodialysis have a high failure rate, often due to the development of stenosis at the graft-to-vein anastomosis. Angioplasty (PTA) has been used for over two decades to treat AVG stenosis, with good technical success but limited AVG patency. Results of a prospective multi-center randomized trial, comparing stent graft to PTA in AVGs, has demonstrated superior access circuit patency for the stent graft group. Recent publication of this clinical study brings us into an exciting new era of dialysis access management using covered stents to improve durability of catheter-based therapy.

  20. Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Formation Following Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy And Metallic Stent Insertion in a Patient With Esophageal Cancer

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    Hou, Pei-Yu; Teng, Chung-Jen; Chung, Chen-Shuan; Liu, Chao-Yu; Huang, Chun-Chieh; Chang, Miu-Hsiang; Shueng, Pei-Wei; Hsieh, Chen-Hsi

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Aortic pseudoaneurysm formation subsequent to concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) for esophageal cancer patient with esophageal metallic stent insertion is a rare condition. A 52-year-old man with esophageal cancer, cT4N1M0, stage IIIC, was treated with concurrent weekly cisplatin (30 mg/m2) and 5-Fluorouracil (500 mg/m2) as well as radiotherapy (50.4 Gy in 28 fractions) for 6 weeks. An esophageal metallic stent was inserted for dysphagia 1 week after initiation of CCRT. During the treatment regimen, the platelet count dropped to less than 200 × 103 /μL. One month after the completion of CCRT, chest CT revealed the presence of an aortic pseudoaneurysm as well as aortoesophageal fistulas. A thoracic aortic endografting was performed and the patient responded well to surgery. However, the patient died 2 months later due to a nosocomial infection. Multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer comprising cisplatin-based CCRT and esophageal metallic stent placement near a great vessel may increase the risk of pseudoaneurysm formation. PMID:25997064

  1. Endovascular Exclusion of Visceral Artery Aneurysms with Stent-Grafts: Technique and Long-Term Follow-up

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    Rossi, Michele; Rebonato, Alberto Greco, Laura; Citone, Michele; David, Vincenzo

    2008-01-15

    This paper describes four cases of visceral artery aneurysms (VAAs) successfully treated with endovascular stent-grafts and discusses the endovascular approach to VAAs and the long-term results. Four balloon expandable stent-grafts were used to treat three splenic artery aneurysms and one bleeding common hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm. The percutaneous access site and the materials were chosen on the basis of CT angiography findings. In all cases the aneurysms were successfully excluded. In one case a splenic infarction occurred, with nonrelevant clinical findings. At 16- to 24-month follow-up three patients had patent stents and complete exclusion and shrinkage of the aneurysms. One patient died due to pancreatitis and sepsis, 16 days after successful stenting and exclusion of a bleeding pseudoaneurysm. We conclude that endovascular treatment using covered stent-grafts is a valid therapeutic option for VAAs. Multislice CT preoperative study helps in planning stent-graft positioning.

  2. Haemodynamic imaging of thoracic stent-grafts by computational fluid dynamics (CFD): presentation of a patient-specific method combining magnetic resonance imaging and numerical simulations.

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    Midulla, Marco; Moreno, Ramiro; Baali, Adil; Chau, Ming; Negre-Salvayre, Anne; Nicoud, Franck; Pruvo, Jean-Pierre; Haulon, Stephan; Rousseau, Hervé

    2012-10-01

    In the last decade, there was been increasing interest in finding imaging techniques able to provide a functional vascular imaging of the thoracic aorta. The purpose of this paper is to present an imaging method combining magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to obtain a patient-specific haemodynamic analysis of patients treated by thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). MRI was used to obtain boundary conditions. MR angiography (MRA) was followed by cardiac-gated cine sequences which covered the whole thoracic aorta. Phase contrast imaging provided the inlet and outlet profiles. A CFD mesh generator was used to model the arterial morphology, and wall movements were imposed according to the cine imaging. CFD runs were processed using the finite volume (FV) method assuming blood as a homogeneous Newtonian fluid. Twenty patients (14 men; mean age 62.2 years) with different aortic lesions were evaluated. Four-dimensional mapping of velocity and wall shear stress were obtained, depicting different patterns of flow (laminar, turbulent, stenosis-like) and local alterations of parietal stress in-stent and along the native aorta. A computational method using a combined approach with MRI appears feasible and seems promising to provide detailed functional analysis of thoracic aorta after stent-graft implantation. • Functional vascular imaging of the thoracic aorta offers new diagnostic opportunities • CFD can model vascular haemodynamics for clinical aortic problems • Combining CFD with MRI offers patient specific method of aortic analysis • Haemodynamic analysis of stent-grafts could improve clinical management and follow-up.

  3. Stent graft exclusion of a pseudoaneurysm in a Blalock-Taussig shunt.

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    Sanchez-Recalde, Angel; Garzón, Gonzalo; Oliver, José M

    2010-08-01

    This case is the first report of slow-growing pseudoaneurysm after vessel dissection secondary to two stents implantation into classic Blalock Taussig shunt in a patient with pulmonary atresia and ventricular septal defect. Pseudoaneurysm was successfully excluded by a percutaneous approach with self-expandable stent graft deployment from the aorta to the middle of the Blalock Taussig shunt. Nearly 3 years after the procedure, the classic BT is patent, and there were no restenosis or thrombosis in spite of the very long length of the stented segment.

  4. Cephalic Arch Stenosis in Autogenous Haemodialysis Fistulas: Treatment With the Viabahn Stent-Graft

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    Shawyer, Andrew; Fotiadis, Nicos I.; Namagondlu, Girish; Iyer, Arun; Blunden, Mark Raftery, Martin Yaqoob, Magdi

    2013-02-15

    Cephalic arch stenosis (CAS) is an important and common cause of dysfunction in autogenous haemodialysis fistulas that requires multiple reinterventions and aggressive surveillance. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of the Viabahn stent-graft for the management of CAS. Between April 2005 and October 2011, 11 consecutive patients [four men and seven women (mean age 56.7 years)] with CAS and dysfunctional fistulas were treated with insertion of 11 Viabahn stent-grafts. Six stent-grafts were inserted due to residual stenosis after angioplasty and five for fistuloplasty-induced rupture. No patient was lost to follow-up. The technical and clinical success rate was 100 %. Primary access patency rates were 81.8 % [95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.482-0.977] at 6 months and 72.7 % (95 % CI 0.390-0.939) at 12 months. Secondary access patency rates were 90.9 % at 6 months (95 % CI 0.587-0.997). There were no procedure-related complications. Mean follow-up was 543.8 days (range 156-2,282). The use of the Viabahn stent-graft in the management of CAS is technically feasible and, in this small series, showed patency rates that compare favorably with historical data of angioplasty and bare stents.

  5. Stent-Graft Treatment for Bleeding Superior Mesenteric Artery Pseudoaneurysm After Pancreaticoduodenectomy

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    Suzuki, Kojiro Mori, Yoshine; Komada, Tomohiro; Matsushima, Masaya; Ota, Toyohiro; Naganawa, Shinji

    2009-07-15

    We report two cases of intraperitoneal bleeding from superior mesenteric artery (SMA) pseudoaneurysm after pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic head carcinoma. In both cases, a stent-graft was deployed on the main SMA to exclude pseudoaneurysm and to preserve blood flow to the bowel. Bleeding stopped after the procedure. One patient was able to be discharged but died from carcinoma recurrence 4 months later. The other patient died of sepsis and stent-graft infection 5 months later. These patients remained free of intraperitoneal rebleeding during the follow-up period.

  6. Interventional Treatment of LVAD Outflow Graft Stenosis by Introduction of Bare Metal Stents.

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    Wiedemann, Dominik; Schlöglhofer, Thomas; Haberl, Thomas; Riebandt, Julia; Dimitrov, Kamen; Schima, Heinrich; Kastner, Johannes; Matzek, Wolfgang; Laufer, Günther; Zimpfer, Daniel

    2017-02-09

    LVAD outflow graft stenosis is a rare but life-threatening complication of MCS-therapy. Current treatment modalities (pump exchange or systemic thrombolytic therapy) are associated with significant mortality and morbidity.Implantation of bare metal stents within the stenosed outflow graft is an alternative. Herein we describe a series of 3-cases with successful stent placement. This seems to be safe and successful however correct and early diagnosis of outflow stenosis can be challenging. Information provided by the HeartWare HVAD logfiles are extremely helpful for diagnosis.

  7. Percutaneous Endoluminal Stent-Graft Repair of an Old Traumatic Femoral Arteriovenous Fistula

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    Uflacker, Renan; Elliott, Bruce M.

    1996-03-15

    A stent-graft was custom made to close a high-flow traumatic arteriovenous fistula of the left superficial femoral artery, present for 30 years, in a 60-year-old man with congestive heart failure and ischemic ulceration in the left foot. A balloon expandable Palmaz stent (P394; 2.5 mm x 3.9 cm) was covered with a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) graft and was inserted percutaneously through an 11 Fr vascular sheath. Follow-up Doppler ultrasound at 6 months demonstrated occlusion of the arteriovenous fistula, patency of the artery, and luminal integrity of the artery and vein.

  8. Stent graft repair of iatrogenic femoral arteriovenous fistula: a useful therapeutic approach in a hostile groin.

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    De Martino, Randall R; Nolan, Brian W; Powell, Richard J; Walsh, Daniel B; Stone, David H

    2010-01-01

    The incidence of iatrogenic femoral arteriovenous fistulas (IFAVF) has increased in contemporary practice. We herein report the case of a 55-year-old obese woman with significant surgical comorbidities who sustained an IFAVF between the superficial femoral artery (SFA) and the femoral vein. Given her substantial risk factors, she was treated with a SFA stent-graft (iCast 6 x 22 mm) using a contralateral endovascular approach. She remains asymptomatic at 15 months with ongoing resolution of the AVF. This report highlights the utility of stent-graft repair of an IFAVF in high surgical risk patients or in those with ''hostile'' anatomy.

  9. The Results of Self-Expandable Kissing Stents in Aortic Bifurcation.

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    Moon, Jae Young; Hwang, Hong Pil; Kwak, Hyo Sung; Han, Young Min; Yu, Hee Chul

    2015-03-01

    Kissing stent reconstruction is a widely used technique for the management of aortoiliac occlusive disease involving the aortic bifurcation or proximal common iliac arteries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results of self-expandable kissing stents in the aortic bifurcation. We reviewed medical records of the patients treated with a kissing stent retrospectively from January 2007 to December 2012. The primary and secondary patencies were determined with Kaplan-Meier analysis, and Cox regression was used to determine the factors associated with patency. A total of 21 patients were included, and all were male (median age 53±15 years, range 48-78 years). Major symptoms were claudication (n=16, 61.9%), rest pain (n=5, 23.8%) and gangrene (n=5, 23.8%). Tans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus for the Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease (TASC) II classification was A 2 (9.5%), B 5 (23.8%), C 7 (33.3%) and D 8 (38%). The mean follow-up was 40.7 months. Major complication occurred in only one case which consisted of distal limb ischemia by emboli. Six patients developed symptomatic restenosis or occlusion. There was no major amputation, but minor amputation occurred in 3 patients. There were 2 mortalities not associated with the procedure (lung cancer and intracranial hemorrhage). Primary patency was 89.6% at 1 year, 74.7% at 3 years and 64.0% at 5 years. Secondary patency was 94.1% at 1 year, 88.2% at 3 years and 68.6% at 5 years. No risk factors for restenosis or occlusion were identified. Self-expandable kissing stents can be used successfully with comparable patency for endovascular treatment of symptomatic atherosclerotic occlusive lesions in the aortic bifurcation area.

  10. Use of a remotely steerable "robotic" catheter in a branched endovascular aortic graft.

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    Carrell, Tom; Dastur, Neville; Salter, Richard; Taylor, Peter

    2012-01-01

    We report the use of a remotely steerable catheter to treat kinked renal bridging stents 8 months after branched endovascular repair of a type III thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm. Conventional techniques using single, coaxial, and manually steerable sheaths proved too unstable to provide the support required to pass a wire against resistance through the kinked stent. A remotely steerable "robotic" catheter provided sufficient precision and stability to cross the kink and reline it with an additional stent, restoring renal perfusion. This technology can help achieve precise and stable introducer sheath position. Further evaluation is necessary to understand the wider applications.

  11. Long-term Results of Endovascular Stent Graft Placement of Ureteroarterial Fistula

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    Okada, Takuya Yamaguchi, Masato; Muradi, Akhmadu Nomura, Yoshikatsu; Uotani, Kensuke; Idoguchi, Koji; Miyamoto, Naokazu Kawasaki, Ryota; Taniguchi, Takanori; Okita, Yutaka; Sugimoto, Koji

    2013-08-01

    PurposeTo evaluate the safety, efficacy, and long-term results of endovascular stent graft placement for ureteroarterial fistula (UAF).MethodsWe retrospectively analyzed stent graft placement for UAF performed at our institution from 2004 to 2012. Fistula location was assessed by contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) and angiography, and freedom from hematuria recurrence and mortality rates were estimated.ResultsStent graft placement for 11 UAFs was performed (4 men, mean age 72.8 {+-} 11.6 years). Some risk factors were present, including long-term ureteral stenting in 10 (91 %), pelvic surgery in 8 (73 %), and pelvic radiation in 5 (45 %). Contrast-enhanced CT and/or angiography revealed fistula or encasement of the artery in 6 cases (55 %). In the remaining 5 (45 %), angiography revealed no abnormality, and the suspected fistula site was at the crossing area between urinary tract and artery. All procedures were successful. However, one patient died of urosepsis 37 days after the procedure. At a mean follow-up of 548 (range 35-1,386) days, 4 patients (36 %) had recurrent hematuria, and two of them underwent additional treatment with secondary stent graft placement and surgical reconstruction. The hematuria recurrence-free rates at 1 and 2 years were 76.2 and 40.6 %, respectively. The freedom from UAF-related and overall mortality rates at 2 years were 85.7 and 54.9 %, respectively.ConclusionEndovascular stent graft placement for UAF is a safe and effective method to manage acute events. However, the hematuria recurrence rate remains high. A further study of long-term results in larger number of patients is necessary.

  12. Endovascular aneurysm repair with the Ovation TriVascular Stent Graft System utilizing a predominantly percutaneous approach under local anaesthesia.

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    Ioannou, C V; Kontopodis, N; Kehagias, E; Papaioannou, A; Kafetzakis, A; Papadopoulos, G; Pantidis, D; Tsetis, D

    2015-07-01

    To present our experience with the Ovation Abdominal Stent Graft System (TriVascular Inc., Santa Rosa, CA) during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and compare results according to the type of anaesthesia. We conducted a single-centre retrospective study including patients who underwent EVAR using the Ovation endograft between May 2011 and July 2014. Outcome was evaluated regarding pre-, peri- and immediate postoperative and follow-up measures. Overall results are reported, while additional analysis was performed to compare the outcome between groups of patients undertaking either local or regional/general anaesthesia (LA vs RGA). 66 patients were included. Median follow-up was 13 months (range, 1-39 months). Median age was 72 years and median abdominal aortic aneurysm diameter was 58 mm (range, 54-100 mm). Technical success was 63 (95%), while there were 2 (3%) conversions to open surgery. A total percutaneous approach was used in 50/66 (76%) cases. Overall, 9/66 (14%) subjects suffered from any kind of morbidity. Median hospitalization was 3 days (range, 1-16 days). Immediate and midterm mortality rate was 0%. No endoleak Type I, III, IV or stent migration was observed. There were 8 (13%) Type II endoleaks. Overall, additional endovascular procedures were required in 6 (9%), while surgery was performed in 4 (6%) patients. 44 (67%) patients underwent LA and 22 (23%) RGA. Differences between groups were significant for procedural time (85 vs 107 min; p < 0.001), percutaneous access (91% vs 45%; p < 0.001) and systematic complications (2.3% vs 14%; p = 0.05). EVAR with the use of the Ovation endograft shows promising short-term and midterm results regarding safety and effectiveness. Completion of the procedures under LA using a total percutaneous approach seems advantageous and may be used in routine practice. The Ovation Abdominal Stent Graft System is an ultra-low profile stent graft system that allows percutaneous deployment for EVAR and

  13. On the biology of saphenous vein grafts fitted with external synthetic sheaths and stents.

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    Jeremy, Jamie Y; Gadsdon, Pat; Shukla, Nilima; Vijayan, Vikram; Wyatt, Marcella; Newby, Andrew C; Angelini, Gianni D

    2007-02-01

    Autologous saphenous vein is used as a conduit to bypass atherosclerotic lesions in both the coronary artery (coronary artery bypass graft surgery [CABG]) and in femoral arteries (infrainguinal bypass graft surgery [IIBS]). Despite the undoubted success and benefits of the procedures, graft failure occurs in 50% of cases within 10 years after surgery. A principal cause of late vein graft failure is intimal and medial hyperplasia and superimposed atherogenesis. Apart from lipid lowering therapy, no intervention has hitherto proved clinically effective in preventing late vein graft failure which clearly constitutes a major clinical and economic problem that needs to be urgently resolved. However, we have studied the effect of external synthetic stents and sheaths in pig models of vein into artery interposition grafting and found them to have a profound effect on vein graft remodelling and thickening. In this review, therefore, we will summarise the mechanisms underlying vein graft failure and how these stents influence these processes and the possible mechanisms involved as well as the application of these devices in preventing vein graft failure clinically.

  14. Aorfix™ device for abdominal aortic aneurysm with challenging anatomy.

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    Sbarzaglia, P; Grattoni, C; Oshoala, K; Castriota, F; D'Alessandro, G; Cremonesi, A

    2014-02-01

    Anatomical characteristics of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are the most critical factors for successful endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). Of these, severe proximal aortic neck angulation and iliac axis tortuosity increase the complexity of EVAR. Neck angulation seems to have a pivotal potential for fixation failure, a situation that may lead to complications, including endoleak and late rupture. Bench-test studies identified that the relative stiffness of a stent-graft was responsible for its inability to conform to neck angulation, therefore creating leaks through gaps between the stent graft and the neck. Aorfix™ stent graft (Lombard Medical, Didcot, UK) is a flexible stent-graft designed and manufactured with the purpose of overcoming the issue of stent-graft stiffness. Many studies have shown good results in term of procedural success and mid-term type-I endoleak. PYTHAGORAS trial evaluated mainly patients with highly angulated infrarenal neck and showed that high performance of Aorfix™ stent graft did not present any significant difference between neck >60° and <60°. In the series of 27 patients treated at our Institution we had a primary technical success of 96.3% and an assisted primary technical success of 100%. In this review we will analyze the available data in literature regarding Aorfix™ stent graft and will discuss the outcome of the patients treated with Aorfix™ stent graft at our centre.

  15. Management of carotid 'blowout' with endovascular stent grafts.

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    Warren, Frank M; Cohen, James I; Nesbit, Gary M; Barnwell, Stanley L; Wax, Mark K; Andersen, Peter E

    2002-03-01

    Since 1992, endovascular techniques for vascular occlusion and stenting have evolved significantly. Endovascular occlusion of the carotid artery has been used in the management of carotid "blowout." Although it seems logical to expand this application to the use of arterial stents to repair rather than occlude the artery when cerebral cross-circulation is inadequate, concerns remain regarding the placement of a foreign body in a contaminated field. The purpose of the present report is to describe our experience with endovascular stents for control of carotid hemorrhage. Retrospective case review. Retrospective review of three cases of acute or threatened carotid hemorrhage managed with endovascular stent placement. Two patients presented with acute carotid blowout, and one patient with a probable sentinel bleed. All patients previously had been heavily treated with surgery and irradiation: Two had developed pharyngocutaneous fistulas, and one had an open wound filled with tumor that surrounded the carotid artery. All were thought to be at significant risk for stroke if the carotid artery was occluded. In all three patients, stent placement resolved the acute hemorrhage. Mean duration of follow-up was 8.3 months. In two patients, the stent became exposed, ultimately thrombosed or extruded, or both. The third patient had no residual sequelae of stenting but died 3 months later. When an unacceptable risk of cardiovascular accident makes occlusion unwise, acute carotid hemorrhage can be successfully managed with directed placement of endovascular stents, but the long-term sequelae of placing these foreign bodies in a field with ongoing contamination make this a temporizing rather than permanent measure for use while more definitive long-term solutions are pursued.

  16. Mechanical properties of various z-stent designs: an endovascular stent-grafting perspective.

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    Bashar, Abul Hasan Muhammad; Kazui, Teruhisa; Washiyama, Naoki; Terada, Hitoshi; Yamashita, Katsushi; Haque, Mohammad E

    2003-08-01

    To comparatively assess the mechani-cal behavior of various clinically relevant Z-stent designs. A total of 16 Z-stents of original, biliary, spiral, and double-skirted designs (n=4 for each) were constructed using similar specifications for all. Stents were then evaluated for stiffness, snap opening force (SOF), flexibility, and displacement force using a novel tensiometer. Differences among the stents were determined using statistical methods. Stents explanted from dog aorta after a mean follow-up of 13 months were examined under a scanning electron microscope for surface defects. Forces required for about 50% reduction in diameter were 1.88 +/- 0.16 N, 3.81 +/- 0.21 N, 2.76 +/- 0.22 N, and 3.35 +/- 0.19 N for original, biliary, spiral, and skirted designs, respectively. Differences among the four designs were statistically significant at almost all points of measurement (P < 0.0001). Biliary and skirted designs showed higher SOF values in the early measurements. Stents explanted from dog aorta after a mean duration of 13 months showed no obvious corrosion or breakage in the wire struts. Significant differences exist among the various Z-stent designs in terms of their mechanical properties. Understanding them should help to select the appropriate stent for a given lesion. 316L stainless steel shows a favorable long-term tissue interaction.

  17. Endovascular Stent-Graft Placement as Emergency Treatment for Ruptured Iliac Pseudoaneurysm

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    Aytekin, Cueneyt; Boyvat, Fatih; Yildirim, Erkan; Coskun, Mehmet

    2002-08-15

    A 65-year-old woman with advanced mucinous carcinoma of the ovary presented with massive rectal bleeding caused by rupture of an iliac artery pseudoaneurysm into the bowel. Surgery was contraindicated due to the patient's poor clinical condition. We successfully placed an endovascular stent-graft that excluded the pseudoaneurysm. There were no complications, and the patient recovered well.

  18. Percutaneous Treatment of Iliac Aneurysms and Pseudoaneurysms with Cragg Endopro System 1 Stent-Grafts

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    Gasparini, Daniele; Lovaria, Andrea; Saccheri, Silvia; Nicolini, Antonio; Favini, Giorgio; Inglese, Luigi; Giorgetti, Pier Luigi; Basadonna, Pier Tommaso

    1997-09-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and short-term follow-up results of treating iliac aneurysms by the Cragg Endopro System 1 stent-graft. Methods: Nine lesions (two pseudoaneurysms and seven atherosclerotic aneurysms) were treated in eight patients by percutaneous implantation of a total of 10 stent-grafts. The procedure was followed by anticoagulation with heparin for 6 days, then antiplatelet therapy. Follow-up was by color Doppler ultrasound scan at 2 days and 3 months after the procedure for all patients, and by venous digital subtraction angiography and/or angio-CT up to 12 months later for four patients. Results: Initial clinical success rate was 100% and there were two minor complications. In one case the delivery system was faulty resulting in failure to deploy the stent-graft. An additional device had to be used. At 3-12 months all prostheses were patent but one patient (12.5%) had a minimal pergraft leak. Conclusion: Percutaneous stent-grafting with this device is a safe and efficacious treatment of iliac artery aneurysms.

  19. Percutaneous Endovascular Stent-Graft for Iliac Pseudoaneurysm Following Lumbar Discectomy

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    Hong, Seong J.; Oh, Joo H.; Yoon, Yup

    2000-11-15

    In a 24-year-old woman, an iliac pseudoaneurysm following lumbar discectomy was successfully treated by percutaneous placement of a self-expanding stent-graft. A postprocedural angiogram demonstrated complete exclusion of the pseudoaneurysm without leakage of contrast agent.

  20. Long-Term Results after Placement of Aortic Bifurcation Self-Expanding Stents: 10 Year Mortality, Stent Restenosis, and Distal Disease Progression

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    Houston, J. Graeme Bhat, Raj; Ross, Rose; Stonebridge, Peter A.

    2007-02-15

    Purpose. To retrospectively evaluate the 10 year follow-up results in patients who had 'kissing' self-expanding stent aortic bifurcation reconstruction. Methods. Forty-three patients were treated with 'kissing' self-expanding stents for aortoiliac occlusive disease. Early follow-up with clinical and ankle brachial pressure indices (ABPI) was performed at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months and with intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography at 12-24 months; clinical and angiographic follow-up was performed for symptom recurrence up to 10 years after treatment. Retrospective record review was performed to assess mortality, clinical patency, angiographic patency, and secondary assisted patency of both stents and downstream peripheral vessels at 5 and 10 years follow-up. Results. The 2 year primary angiographic and secondary assisted stent patencies were 89% and 93%, respectively. At 10 years follow-up in 40 patients the mortality was 38% (due to myocardial infarction, stroke, chronic renal failure, malignancy, and liver failure). At 5 and 10 years follow-up the primary clinical stent patency was 82% and 68%, and the secondary assisted stent patency 93% and 86%, respectively. At 5 and 10 years, the distal vessel patency was 86% and 72%, and the secondary assisted distal vessel patency treated by surgical or endovascular techniques was 94% and 88%, respectively. At 10 years there was no limb loss. Conclusion. The long-term (10 year) results of aortic bifurcation arterial self-expanding stent placement in patients with arterial occlusive disease show a 10 year primary stent patency rate of 68% but a secondary assisted patency rate of 86%. In addition there is a high overall mortality due to other cardiovascular causes and the rate of distal disease progression and loss of patency is similar to the loss of stent patency rate.

  1. Telescoping Dual Covered Stent Graft Construct for Endovascular Treatment of a Giant Extracranial Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm

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    Ding, Dale; Starke, Robert M.; Moriarty, Maurice; Brew, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Large pseudoaneurysms which compress the parent vessel are challenging lesions to successfully treat with endovascular therapy. We describe the endovascular treatment of a giant extracranial carotid artery (ECCA) pseudoaneurysm resulting in substantial mass effect on the common carotid artery (CCA) bifurcation using a telescoping dual covered stent graft construct. A 56-year-old male was diagnosed with an 8.5 cm × 13 cm pseudoaneurysm arising from the left CCA bifurcation, which was causing luminal narrowing of the CCA and proximal internal carotid artery (ICA). The patient underwent endovascular intervention, during which a balloon-expandable covered stent was deployed within a heparin-bonded covered stent, such that the overall construct spanned from the CCA to the lower cervical ICA. The employment of a telescoping dual covered stent technique can successfully treat appropriately selected patients with large or giant ECCA pseudoaneurysms, with the concomitant goals of excluding the pseudoaneurysm and restoring the luminal caliber of the parent artery. PMID:28163519

  2. Telescoping Dual Covered Stent Graft Construct for Endovascular Treatment of a Giant Extracranial Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm.

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    Ding, Dale; Starke, Robert M; Moriarty, Maurice; Brew, Stefan

    2016-12-01

    Large pseudoaneurysms which compress the parent vessel are challenging lesions to successfully treat with endovascular therapy. We describe the endovascular treatment of a giant extracranial carotid artery (ECCA) pseudoaneurysm resulting in substantial mass effect on the common carotid artery (CCA) bifurcation using a telescoping dual covered stent graft construct. A 56-year-old male was diagnosed with an 8.5 cm × 13 cm pseudoaneurysm arising from the left CCA bifurcation, which was causing luminal narrowing of the CCA and proximal internal carotid artery (ICA). The patient underwent endovascular intervention, during which a balloon-expandable covered stent was deployed within a heparin-bonded covered stent, such that the overall construct spanned from the CCA to the lower cervical ICA. The employment of a telescoping dual covered stent technique can successfully treat appropriately selected patients with large or giant ECCA pseudoaneurysms, with the concomitant goals of excluding the pseudoaneurysm and restoring the luminal caliber of the parent artery.

  3. Gender analysis of the pivotal results of the Medtronic Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System (VALOR) trial.

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    Jackson, Benjamin M; Woo, Edward Y; Bavaria, Joseph E; Fairman, Ronald M

    2011-08-01

    This study evaluated the differences between male and female patients undergoing thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) in a pivotal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved trial. The Evaluation of the Medtronic Vascular Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System for the Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (VALOR) study was a prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter, pivotal trial conducted in the United States. Patients were enrolled between December 2003 and June 2005. Follow-up was conducted at 30 and 365 days. VALOR enrolled 115 men (58.9%; 69.3 ± 11.7 years old), and 80 women (41.1%; 71.6 ± 10.1 years old). Iliac conduits were used more often in women, who had smaller diameter external iliac arteries, than in men (38.8% vs 8.8%, P < .001). Women required more blood transfusions and had a longer hospital length of stay. At 30 days, more major adverse events occurred in women than in men (52.5% vs 33.0%, P = .008), with more vascular access-related and respiratory complications. No gender-based differences were seen in all-cause mortality or in aneurysm-related death. The composite end point of 365-day "successful aneurysm treatment," defined as no aneurysm growth >5 mm at the 365-day follow-up visit compared with the 30-day follow-up visit and absence of any type I endoleak requiring a secondary procedure, favored women over men (98.2% vs 82.4%, P = .004). TEVAR with the Talent device provided similar rates of 365-day mortality and morbidity for men and women. Although female patients had higher rates of periprocedural complications, they also more often had successful aneurysm treatment at the 1-year follow-up. Copyright © 2011 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Superior Mesenteric Artery Stent-graft Placement in a Patient with Pseudoaneurysm Developing from a Pancreatic Pseudocyst

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    Ogino, H.; Banno, T.; Sato, Y.; Hara, M.; Shibamoto, Y.

    2004-01-15

    Pseudoaneurysm is a relatively rare but serious complication of pancreatitis which is often fatal. We report successful stent-graft placement in the superior mesenteric artery in a 45-year-old man with a pancreatic pseudocyst that grew during therapy for chronic pancreatitis and developed into a pseudoaneurysm. After a stent graft was inserted in the superior mesenteric artery, the pseudoaneurysm disappeared and no further complications developed. Stent-graft placement was considered to be a useful therapy for pseudoaneurysms in the superior mesenteric arterial region.

  5. Effect of technical parameters on transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts utilizing stent grafts

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    Andring, Brice; Kalva, Sanjeeva P; Sutphin, Patrick; Srinivasa, Rajiv; Anene, Alvin; Burrell, Marc; Xi, Yin; Pillai, Anil K

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To assess the effect of technical parameters on outcomes of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) created using a stent graft. METHODS: The medical records of 68 patients who underwent TIPS placement with a stent graft from 2008 to 2014 were reviewed by two radiologists blinded to the patient outcomes. Digital Subtraction Angiographic images with a measuring catheter in two orthogonal planes was used to determine the TIPS stent-to-inferior vena cava distance (SIVCD), hepatic vein to parenchymal tract angle (HVTA), portal vein to parenchymal tract angle (PVTA), and the accessed portal vein. The length and diameter of the TIPS stent and the use of concurrent variceal embolization were recorded by review of the patient’s procedure note. Data on re-intervention within 30 d of TIPS placement, recurrence of symptoms, and survival were collected through the patient’s chart. Cox proportional regression analysis was performed to assess the effect of these technical parameters on primary patency of TIPS, time to recurrence of symptoms, and all-cause mortality. RESULTS: There was no significant association between the SIVCD and primary patency (P = 0.23), time to recurrence of symptoms (P = 0.83), or all-cause mortality (P = 0.18). The 3, 6, and 12-mo primary patency rates for a SIVCD ≥ 1.5 cm were 82.4%, 64.7%, and 50.3% compared to 89.3%, 83.8%, and 60.6% for a SIVCD of < 1.5 cm (P = 0.29). The median time to stenosis for a SIVCD of ≥ 1.5 cm was 19.1 mo vs 15.1 mo for a SIVCD of < 1.5 cm (P = 0.48). There was no significant association between the following factors and primary patency: HVTA (P = 0.99), PVTA (P = 0.65), accessed portal vein (P = 0.35), TIPS stent diameter (P = 0.93), TIPS stent length (P = 0.48), concurrent variceal embolization (P = 0.13) and reinterventions within 30 d (P = 0.24). Furthermore, there was no correlation between these technical parameters and time to recurrence of symptoms or all-cause mortality. Recurrence of

  6. Effect of technical parameters on transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts utilizing stent grafts.

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    Andring, Brice; Kalva, Sanjeeva P; Sutphin, Patrick; Srinivasa, Rajiv; Anene, Alvin; Burrell, Marc; Xi, Yin; Pillai, Anil K

    2015-07-14

    To assess the effect of technical parameters on outcomes of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) created using a stent graft. The medical records of 68 patients who underwent TIPS placement with a stent graft from 2008 to 2014 were reviewed by two radiologists blinded to the patient outcomes. Digital Subtraction Angiographic images with a measuring catheter in two orthogonal planes was used to determine the TIPS stent-to-inferior vena cava distance (SIVCD), hepatic vein to parenchymal tract angle (HVTA), portal vein to parenchymal tract angle (PVTA), and the accessed portal vein. The length and diameter of the TIPS stent and the use of concurrent variceal embolization were recorded by review of the patient's procedure note. Data on re-intervention within 30 d of TIPS placement, recurrence of symptoms, and survival were collected through the patient's chart. Cox proportional regression analysis was performed to assess the effect of these technical parameters on primary patency of TIPS, time to recurrence of symptoms, and all-cause mortality. There was no significant association between the SIVCD and primary patency (P = 0.23), time to recurrence of symptoms (P = 0.83), or all-cause mortality (P = 0.18). The 3, 6, and 12-mo primary patency rates for a SIVCD ≥ 1.5 cm were 82.4%, 64.7%, and 50.3% compared to 89.3%, 83.8%, and 60.6% for a SIVCD of < 1.5 cm (P = 0.29). The median time to stenosis for a SIVCD of ≥ 1.5 cm was 19.1 mo vs 15.1 mo for a SIVCD of < 1.5 cm (P = 0.48). There was no significant association between the following factors and primary patency: HVTA (P = 0.99), PVTA (P = 0.65), accessed portal vein (P = 0.35), TIPS stent diameter (P = 0.93), TIPS stent length (P = 0.48), concurrent variceal embolization (P = 0.13) and reinterventions within 30 d (P = 0.24). Furthermore, there was no correlation between these technical parameters and time to recurrence of symptoms or all-cause mortality. Recurrence of symptoms was associated with

  7. Endovascular Treatment of Blunt Traumatic Abdominal Aortic Occlusion With Kissing Stent Placement

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    Idoguchi, Koji Yamaguchi, Masato; Okada, Takuya; Nomura, Yoshikatsu; Sugimura, Kazuro; Okita, Yutaka; Sugimoto, Koji

    2012-10-15

    Blunt traumatic abdominal aortic dissection is extremely rare and potentially deadly. We present the case of a 62-year-old man involved in a frontal car crash. After emergency undergoing laparotomy for bowel injuries, he was referred to our hospital due to acute ischemia of bilateral lower extremities on day 3 after the trauma. Computed tomography and aortography showed an aortobiiliac dissection with complete occlusion. This injury was successfully treated by endovascular treatment with 'kissing'-technique stent placement, which appears to be a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment.

  8. Bilateral Renal Fornix Rupture Following Intraarterial Contrast Medium Application for Infrarenal Aortic Stent Placement

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    Niggemann, Pascal Brehmer, Bernhard; Schuermann, Karl

    2006-02-15

    A 74-year-old male claudicant who had a significant abdominal aortic stenosis was hydrated before aortic stent placement because of an elevated creatinine level. During the intervention the patient experienced acute abdominal pain with vomiting. No vascular cause was detected. Due to persistant pain, plain radiography and an abdominal CT scan were performed a few hours after the procedure. Images revealed a bilateral renal fornix rupture with a large retroperitoneal fluid collection. The patient was treated conservatively with ureteral double-J placement and percutaneous nephrostomy. The further course was uneventful and the patient was discharged 2 weeks later free of symptoms. Renal fornix rupture is a very rare complication after contrast medium application that can be treated without surgery.

  9. Endovascular Treatment for Infra-inguinal Autologous Saphenous Vein Graft Occlusion Using Self Expanding Nitinol Stents.

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    Yanagiuchi, T; Kimura, M; Shiraishi, J; Sawada, T

    2016-01-01

    For patients with infra-inguinal autologous vein bypass graft occlusion, conventional open surgical repair or endovascular treatment (EVT) for native vessel occlusion have generally been performed. A 73 year old female with non-healing ulcer and gangrene of the left lower leg was diagnosed as having infra-inguinal autologous saphenous vein graft occlusion. In this case, surgical repair such as patch angioplasty, interposition graft, or replacement graft did not seem promising because of repeated previous infection in the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) vascular prosthesis and absence of available autologous vein due to past surgery. Moreover, there was no chance of crossing the native vessel, since the proximal superficial femoral artery (SFA) had already been resected. Thus, EVT was performed for the occluded autologous vein graft, implanting multiple self expanding bare nitinol stents throughout the vein graft achieving complete revascularization, good medium term patency, and dramatically improved wound healing. Endovascular recanalization using multiple bare stents could be an alternative treatment for infra-inguinal autologous vein graft occlusion.

  10. Infective endocarditis complicated by aortic graft infection and osteomyelitis: case report and review of literature

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    Zouein, Elie; Wetz, Robert; Mobarakai, Neville; Hassan, Samer; Tong, Iris

    2012-01-01

    Primary aortic graft infection early after aortic graft insertion is well described in the literature. Here, we present a unique case of late aortic graft infection 5 years after insertion secondary to mitral valve endocarditis, resulting from cellulitis in a patient with severe venous varicosities. A 63-year-old male presented for severe low back pain, constipation, and low-grade fever. An abdominal computed tomography scan with oral and intravenous contrast showed a normal spine and urinary tract. Blood and urine cultures, done at the same time, grew Staphylococcus aureus. A transesophageal echocardiogram confirmed the diagnosis of endocarditis. Subsequently, a gallium scan showed increased uptake in the vertebral bodies, aortic graft, left patella, and left ankle. After 3 months of antibiotic therapy, the patient’s low back pain resolved with normalization of his laboratory values. He remained free of infection at a 2-year follow-up. We reviewed the literature concerning the atypical presentation of infective endocarditis, with a focus on distant metastases at initial presentation, such as osteomyelitis and aortic graft infection, as well as the different treatment modalities. This report describes successful medical treatment with intravenous followed by oral antibiotics for an infected endovascular graft without any surgical intervention. PMID:22866008

  11. ePTFE-Covered Stent-Grafts for Revision of Obstructed Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

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    Cejna, Manfred; Peck-Radosavljevic, Markus; Thurnher, Siegfried; Schoder, Maria; Rand, Thomas; Angermayr, Bernhard; Lammer, Johannes

    2002-10-15

    Purpose: To determine whether transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) revisions with the Hemobahn stent-graft or the Viatorr endoprosthesis increase secondary patency rates. Methods: Between 1998 and June 1999,Hemobahn endoprostheses (W.L. Gore, Flagstaff, AZ, USA) were used for the revision of obstructed TIPS in seven patients, 51-67 years of age(mean 59 years). From June 1999 to 2000, the Viatorr endoprosthesis(W.L. Gore, Flagstaff, AZ, USA) was used for revision of obstructed TIPS in nine patients, 33-64 years of age (mean 49 years). Follow-up included duplex ultrasound, clinical assessment and venousportography. Results: The technical success rate of TIPS revision with the Hemobahn stent-graft was 100%. The pressure gradient decreased from a mean of 20 mmHg to 10 mmHg. The mean follow-up was 407 days (range 81-868 days). In two patients TIPS occlusion occurred at 62 and 529 days after stent-graft placement, respectively; in another two patients outflow tract stenosis occurred at 275 and 393 days,respectively. The technical success rate of TIPS revision with the Viatorr endoprosthesis was also 100%. The pressure gradient decreased from a mean of 27 mmHg to 11 mmHg. At a mean follow-up of 201 days(range 9-426 days), all Viatorr endoprostheses are still patent without in-graft stenosis, but angioplasty was required in two patients to treat a portosystemic pressure gradient > 15 mmHg. Four of the nine patients in the Viatorr group suffered from new encephalopathy after TIPS revision. Conclusion: The Viatorrendoprosthesis yielded optimal results with 100% in-graft patency rates at follow-up but had a high incidence of new encephalopathy,whereas the use of Hemobahn stent-graft for TIPS revision did not appear to improve the secondary patency rates in our series.

  12. ALD mediated heparin grafting on nitinol for self-expanded carotid stents.

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    Wang, Fei; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Xiumian; Leng, Bing; Guo, Xin; Zhang, Tao

    2016-07-01

    Carotid-artery atherosclerosis is a common cause of ischemic stroke. Carotid-artery stenting (CAS) is one of the most effective treatments. However, In-stent restenosis (ISR) and re-endothelialization delay are two major issues of intravascular stent which affect clinical safety and reduce effects. In this study, atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology was applied to deposit a layer (10nm) of Al2O3 on Nitinol surface as an intermediate functional layer. The alumina covered surface was then modified with a coupling agent 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS) and heparin sequentially in order to improve the hemocompatibility of Nitinol stents. The successful graft of APS and heparin onto Nitinol was proven by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the predicted improvement in the biocompatibilities of modified Nitinol was confirmed by water contact angle measurement, protein adsorption, platelet adhesion, and plasma recalcification time determination. The results of hemolysis assay, cell proliferation and cytotoxicity tests revealed that the grafting of heparin on NiTi kept the original positive performance of nitinol material. The results indicate that ALD technology is of great potential for the manufacture of medical devices, especially for surface modifications and functionalization. ALD technology can help with modifications of inert metallic surfaces and therefore benefit implantable medical devices, especially intravascular stents.

  13. Quantification of abdominal aortic deformation after EVAR

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    Demirci, Stefanie; Manstad-Hulaas, Frode; Navab, Nassir

    2009-02-01

    Quantification of abdominal aortic deformation is an important requirement for the evaluation of endovascular stenting procedures and the further refinement of stent graft design. During endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) treatment, the aortic shape is subject to severe deformation that is imposed by medical instruments such as guide wires, catheters, and, the stent graft. This deformation can affect the flow characteristics and morphology of the aorta which have been shown to be elicitors for stent graft failures and be reason for reappearance of aneurysms. We present a method for quantifying the deformation of an aneurysmatic aorta imposed by an inserted stent graft device. The outline of the procedure includes initial rigid alignment of the two abdominal scans, segmentation of abdominal vessel trees, and automatic reduction of their centerline structures to one specified region of interest around the aorta. This is accomplished by preprocessing and remodeling of the pre- and postoperative aortic shapes before performing a non-rigid registration. We further narrow the resulting displacement fields to only include local non-rigid deformation and therefore, eliminate all remaining global rigid transformations. Finally, deformations for specified locations can be calculated from the resulting displacement fields. In order to evaluate our method, experiments for the extraction of aortic deformation fields are conducted on 15 patient datasets from endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) treatment. A visual assessment of the registration results and evaluation of the usage of deformation quantification were performed by two vascular surgeons and one interventional radiologist who are all experts in EVAR procedures.

  14. Endovascular Treatment of Complex Aortic Disease with Parallel-Graft Endovascular Aneurysm Repair. Retrospective Analysis of a Single Center Experience and Midterm Results.

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    Roberto, Adovasio; Stefano, Chiarandini; Cristiano, Calvagna; Mario, D'Oria; Francesca, Zamolo; Damiano, Pipitone Marco; Giada, Sgorlon

    2017-09-21

    We sought to evaluate the midterm results of parallel-graft-endovascular aneurysm repair (pg-EVAR) for complex aortic anatomy in high-risk candidates for open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurism (AAA). Clinical and radiographic information on 35 patients treated by pg-EVAR between March 2010 and December 2015 was retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. All patients presented with symptomatic aneurysms and were treated within 3 days of clinical presentation. Primary endpoints included primary chimney-graft patency, overall survival, and freedom from all reintervention. Overall, 55 chimney grafts were placed into 47 renal arteries and 8 superior mesenteric arteries in 35 patients. An Endurant stent-graft was used as the main body component in all cases. At 36 months, primary chimney graft patency was 88%, overall survival of patients was 71% and the rate of freedom from all reintervention was 78%. Considering our mid-term results pg-EVAR seems to be a safe and effective treatment for patients with complex anatomies and at poor risk for open repair. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. Iatrogenic subtle acute aortic dissection during coronary angioplasty for in-stent restenosis. Value of intravascular ultrasound for diagnosis and management.

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    Alfonso, Fernando; Alvarez, Lucia; Almeria, Carlos

    2004-09-01

    A patient with a subtle, iatrogenic, type A aortic dissection following a coronary angioplasty is described. Intravascular ultrasound was useful to confirm the diagnosis of the confined aortic dissection and also to guide adequate stent coverage of its coronary entry door. Both transesophageal echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging failed to detect any significant aortic wall abnormality.

  16. Surgery for acute aortic dissection using the Chinese CRONUS stented elephant trunk technique: experience with 252 patients.

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    Wu, Hong-bing; Zhang, Hao; Wang, Zhi-wei; Hu, Rui; Li, Luo-cheng; Zhang, Min; Hu, Xiao-ping

    2014-11-01

    The elephant trunk method was introduced to treat aortic disease. There are a variety of modified elephant trunk methods, including the stented elephant trunk. We retrospectively reviewed our experience and evaluated the effectiveness of surgical treatment for acute aortic dissection using the Chinese CRONUS stented elephant trunk technique. From August 2005 to December 2012, 252 patients with acute aortic dissection underwent surgical treatment using the Chinese CRONUS stented elephant trunk technique at the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University. We review the characteristics of the patients, the surgical method, and the prognosis. Furthermore, we modified the stented elephant trunk technique to simplify the surgical procedure using stented elephant trunk fenestration in 81 patients. The procedure was technically successful in all patients. The mean duration of cardiopulmonary bypass, myocardial ischemia, and circulatory arrest was 158±34 minutes, 98±24 minutes, and 27±9 minutes, respectively. The mean stay in the intensive care unit was 74±11 hours. The in-hospital mortality rate was 3.2% (8/252). A 92.2% (225/244) follow-up rate was achieved. Five patients died during follow-up. The diameter of the descending aorta significantly decreased in 173 patients (78.6%), did not change 39 patients (17.7%), and dilated in 8 patients (3.7%). In surgery for acute aortic dissection, the Chinese CRONUS stented elephant trunk technique had a low prevalence of morbidity and mortality in our patients. The satisfactory effects demonstrated that the technique is safe and effective in closing the residual false lumen of the descending aorta. Stented elephant trunk fenestration could further simplify the surgical procedure with minimal invasion. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Atomic layer deposition enhanced grafting of phosphorylcholine on stainless steel for intravascular stents.

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    Zhong, Qi; Yan, Jin; Qian, Xu; Zhang, Tao; Zhang, Zhuo; Li, Aidong

    2014-09-01

    In-stent restenosis (ISR) and re-endothelialization delay are two major issues of intravascular stent in terms of clinical safety and effects. Construction of mimetic cell membrane surface on stents using phosphorylcholine have been regarded as one of the most powerful strategies to resolve these two issues and improve the performance of stents. In this study, atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology, which is widely used in semiconductor industry, was utilized to fabricate ultra-thin layer (10nm) of alumina (Al2O3) on 316L stainless steel (SS), then the alumina covered surface was modified with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS) and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) sequentially in order to produce phosphorylcholine mimetic cell membrane surface. The pristine and modified surfaces were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscope and water contact angle measurement. Furthermore, the abilities of protein adsorption, platelet adhesion and cell proliferation on the surfaces were investigated. It was found that alumina layer can significantly enhance the surface grafting of APS and MPC on SS; and in turn efficiently inhibit protein adsorption and platelet adhesion, and promote the attachment and proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) on the surfaces. In association with the fact that the deposition of alumina layer is also beneficial to the improvement of adhesion and integrity of drug-carrying polymer coating on drug eluting stents, we expect that ALD technology can largely assist in the modifications on inert metallic surfaces and benefit implantable medical devices, especially intravascular stents.

  18. Utility of Covered Stents for Revision of Aging Failing Synthetic Hemodialysis Grafts: A Report of Three Cases

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    Silas, Anne M. Bettmann, Michael A.

    2003-11-15

    Three aging failing hemodialysis polytetrafluoroethylene bypass shunts, average age 44 months, previously percutaneously revised with balloon angioplasty, presented with pseudoaneurysms and recurrent thrombosis. All were treated with percutaneous covered stent placement within their affected limbs. One graft was ligated 1 month after treatment for infected overlying skin ulcer, though this graft was subsequently surgically revised with interposition graft and the covered stent portion remains functional at 19 month follow-up. The 18- and 13- month follow- up of the remaining 2 patients shows that the covered stents remained patent and they are functional and being successfully and routinely punctured for dialysis. In this elderly population, the use of covered stents may prolong the functional life of failing hemodialysis bypass grafts, reducing the number of percutaneous and surgical interventions and further sparing other vascular access sites.

  19. Stent Grafts Provided Superior Primary Patency for Central Venous Stenosis Treatment in Comparison with Angioplasty and Bare Metal Stent: A Retrospective Single Center Study on 70 Hemodialysis Patients.

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    Quaretti, Pietro; Galli, Franco; Moramarco, Lorenzo Paolo; Corti, Riccardo; Leati, Giovanni; Fiorina, Ilaria; Tinelli, Carmine; Montagna, Giovanni; Maestri, Marcello

    2016-05-01

    To compare patency in dialysis patients following different endovascular treatment of symptomatic central venous stenosis. A 10-year retrospective evaluation in 70 patients (32 men) dialyzing through vascular access (33, 47%) and tunneled catheters (37, 53%) was made. Three cohorts were compared: angioplasty alone (22), bare metal stent (28), and stent graft (20). Patencies were described with Kaplan-Meier method, and Cox uni- and multivariate models were analyzed to find factors associated. All patients had a favorable anatomical and clinical outcome. Restenosis occurred in 22 (31%) of 70 patients requiring 41 additional interventions; 34 of 70 patients died (median follow-up 19.4 months). Primary patency at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months was 100%, 100%, 100%, and 84% for stent graft versus 90%, 79%, 58%, and 43% for angioplasty (P = .014) versus 84%, 80%, 75%, and 46% for bare-metal stent (P = .062). The overall comparison was more favorable for stent graft (P = .020) when the sites of lesions were matched. Patencies for angioplasty and bare-metal stents were equivalent (P = .141). A lower risk of restenosis (hazard rate [HR] 0.20, confidence interval [CI] 0.06-0.7) and fewer reinterventions (P < .01) were associated with stent graft, whereas age (HR 1.04, CI 1.001-1.08) and cardiovascular disease (HR 2.26, CI 1.06-4.84) influenced the overall survival. No difference in assisted primary patency was found. Stent graft seems to improve primary patency for central venous stenosis and requires fewer reinterventions in a dialysis population with a high prevalence of long-term catheters. © The Author(s) 2016.

  20. Massive Bleeding from Guidewire Perforation of an External Iliac Artery: Treatment with Hand-made Stent-Graft Placement

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    Mehta, Vimal Pandit, Bhagya Narayan; Mehra, Pratishtha; Nigam, Arima; Vyas, Aniruddha; Yusuf, Jamal; Mukhopadhyay, Saibal; Trehan, Vijay

    2016-01-15

    We report life-threatening bleeding from an external iliac artery perforation following guidewire manipulation in a patient with atherosclerotic iliac artery disease. This complication was successfully managed by indigenous hand-made stent-graft made from two peripheral stents in the catheterization laboratory.

  1. Benefit of endovascular stenting for aortic coarctation on systemic hypertension in adults.

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    Hamid, Tahir; Motwani, Manish; Schneider, Heiko; Dua, Jaspal Singh; Hoschtitzky, Andreas; Clarke, Bernard; Mahadevan, Vaikom S

    2015-12-01

    Endovascular stenting is a recognised treatment strategy for aortic coarctation (CoA) in adults. We assessed systemic hypertension control and the need for antihypertensive therapy after CoA stenting in adults. Data were collected prospectively on 54 patients (36 men; mean age: 34 ± 16 years) who underwent endovascular stenting for CoA over a 7-year period. Five patients were excluded as they did not attend follow-up appointments. Patients underwent clinical examination, including right arm systolic blood pressure (SBP) and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring at baseline, 6-12 weeks and 9-12 months. There was a significant fall in mean peak-to-peak systolic gradient (PG) across the CoA after stenting (26 ± 11 mmHg vs. 5 ± 4 mmHg; P<0.01). There were successive reductions in right arm SBP and ambulatory SBP at baseline, 6-12 weeks and 9-12 months post-procedure (right arm: 155 ± 18 mmHg vs. 137 ± 17 mmHg vs. 142 ± 16 mmHg, respectively; all P-values <0.01; ambulatory: 142 ± 14 mmHg vs. 132 ± 16 mmHg vs. 131 ± 15 mmHg, respectively; all P-values <0.01). Twenty-four patients had severe CoA (PG >25 mmHg before stenting); baseline SBP was significantly higher in severe versus non-severe patients (160 mmHg vs. 148 mmHg; P=0.02). The absolute reduction in PG after stenting was significantly higher in the severe group (31 ± 7 mmHg vs. 14 ± 5 mmHg; P<0.0001), but there was no significant difference in SBP between groups at 6-12 weeks (141 mmHg vs. 135 mmHg; P=0.21) or 9-12 months (139 mmHg vs. 139 mmHg; P=0.96). Endovascular stenting of CoA results in a significant reduction in SBP at 6-12 weeks, which is sustained at 9-12 months, with similar outcomes in severe and non-severe CoA groups. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Avoidable costs of stenting for aortic coarctation in the United Kingdom: an economic model.

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    Salcher, Maximilian; Mcguire, Alistair; Muthurangu, Vivek; Kelm, Marcus; Kuehne, Titus; Naci, Huseyin

    2017-04-10

    Undesirable outcomes in health care are associated with patient harm and substantial excess costs. Coarctation of the aorta (CoA), one of the most common congenital heart diseases, can be repaired with stenting but requires monitoring and subsequent interventions to detect and treat disease recurrence and aortic wall injuries. Avoidable costs associated with stenting in patients with CoA are unknown. We developed an economic model to calculate potentially avoidable costs in stenting treatment of CoA in the United Kingdom over 5 years. We calculated baseline costs for the intervention and potentially avoidable complications and follow-up interventions and compared these to the costs in hypothetical scenarios with improved treatment effectiveness and complication rates. Baseline costs were £16 688 ($25 182) per patient. Avoidable costs ranged from £137 ($207) per patient in a scenario assuming a 10% reduction in aortic wall injuries and reinterventions at follow-up, to £1627 ($2455) in a Best-case scenario with 100% treatment success and no complications. Overall costs in the Best-case scenario were 90.2% of overall costs at Baseline. Reintervention rate at follow-up was identified as most influential lever for overall costs. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis showed a considerable degree of uncertainty for avoidable costs with widely overlapping 95% confidence intervals. Significant improvements in the treatment effectiveness and reductions in complication rates are required to realize discernible cost savings. Up to 10% of total baseline costs could be avoided in the best-case scenario. This highlights the need to pursue patient-specific treatment approaches which promise optimal outcomes.

  3. Rapid prototyping of compliant human aortic roots for assessment of valved stents.

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    Kalejs, Martins; von Segesser, Ludwig Karl

    2009-02-01

    Adequate in-vitro training in valved stents deployment as well as testing of the latter devices requires compliant real-size models of the human aortic root. The casting methods utilized up to now are multi-step, time consuming and complicated. We pursued a goal of building a flexible 3D model in a single-step procedure. We created a precise 3D CAD model of a human aortic root using previously published anatomical and geometrical data and printed it using a novel rapid prototyping system developed by the Fab@Home project. As a material for 3D fabrication we used common house-hold silicone and afterwards dip-coated several models with dispersion silicone one or two times. To assess the production precision we compared the size of the final product with the CAD model. Compliance of the models was measured and compared with native porcine aortic root. Total fabrication time was 3 h and 20 min. Dip-coating one or two times with dispersion silicone if applied took one or two extra days, respectively. The error in dimensions of non-coated aortic root model compared to the CAD design was <3.0% along X, Y-axes and 4.1% along Z-axis. Compliance of a non-coated model as judged by the changes of radius values in the radial direction by 16.39% is significantly different (P<0.001) from native aortic tissue--23.54% at the pressure of 80-100 mmHg. Rapid prototyping of compliant, life-size anatomical models with the Fab@Home 3D printer is feasible--it is very quick compared to previous casting methods.

  4. Changes in the Distribution of Hepatic Arterial Blood Flow Following TIPS with Uncovered Stent and Stent-Graft: An Experimental Study

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    Keussen, Inger; Song, Ho-Young; Bajc, Marika; Cwikiel, Wojciech

    2002-08-15

    Purpose: To evaluate changes in distribution of hepatic arterial blood flow in the liver following insertion of an uncovered stent and subsequently a stent-graft in the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) channel.Methods: The experiments were performed in eight healthy pigs under general anesthesia. In a pilot study in one pig, scintigraphic evaluation of arterial perfusion to the liver was done before and after inflation of a balloon in the right hepatic vein. In the other pigs, outflow from the right liver vein was checked repeatedly by contrast injection through a percutaneously inserted catheter. The arterial perfusion through the liver was examined by scintigraphy, following selective injection of macro-aggregate of 99Tcm-labeled human serum albumin 99Tcm-HSA) into the hepatic artery. This examination was done before and after creation of a TIPS with an uncovered stent and subsequently after insertion of a covered stent-graft into the cranial portion of the shunt channel. Results: In the pilot study changes in the arterial perfusion to the liver were easily detectable by scintigraphy. One pig died during the procedure and another pig was excluded due to dislodgement of the hepatic artery catheter. The inserted covered stent obstructed venous outflow from part of the right liver lobe. The 99Tcm-HSA activity in this part remained unchanged after TIPS creation with an uncovered stent. A reduction in activity was seen after insertion of a stent-graft (p0.06).Conclusion: The distribution of the hepaticarterial blood flow is affected by creation of a TIPS with a stent-graft, in the experimental pig model.

  5. Newly Developed Stent Graft with Micropored and Heparin Impregnated SPU Film. Long-Term Follow-up Study in Vivo.

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    Nishi, S; Nakayama, Y; Ueda, H; Ishikawa, M; Matsuda, T

    2001-12-22

    The use of stents has improved results after balloon carotid angioplasty. Some materials have been reported for covering the metal surface of the stent to reduce the rate of subacute thrombosis and restenosis. We have already developed a new stent graft with thin-walled controlled micropored polymer covering, and in a previous study we confirmed tissue ingrowth via the micropores at one month in a beagle model. The progress of cell migration was controlled by micropore density using a constant micropore diameter (30mum diameter, 125mum inter-pore distance). In the present study, we applied our newly developed stent graft impregnated with heparin for implantation in the rabbit carotid artery, and carried out an angiographic and histological investigation. Our stent graft was made from a Palmaz-Schatz stent and a micropored segmental polyurethane (SPU) thin film with a heparin coating. Micropores 30mum in diameter and 125mum apart were created on the thin SPU film using an excimer laser ablation technique. The surface of the micropored film was then impregnated with photosensitive gelatin that incorporated the heparin. The metal stent was rolled up and fixed to this modified SPU film under microscopic observations. These stent grafts were deployed in the common carotid arteries (CCAs) of rabbits (37 carotid arteries, 20 rabbits). The animals were sacrificed one, two and three months later, and a histological study and scanning electron microscopy study were performed for evaluation of endoluminal endothelialization and intimal thickening at the late stage. CCAs treated with stent grafts of micropored film showed poor-patency and intimal hyperplasia compared with those treated with a simple bare stent or a heparin-impregnated stent. In terms of intimal hyperplasia and patency, the heparin-impregnated stent was superior to the bare stent. Intimal hyperplasia was prevented by control of tissue ingrowth through the micropores. The antithrombogenicity of the impregnated

  6. Improving Hemostasis during Replacement of the Ascending Aorta and Aortic Valve with a Composite Graft

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    Pratali, Stefano; Milano, Aldo; Codecasa, Riccardo; De Carlo, Marco; Borzoni, Giancarlo; Bortolotti, Uberto

    2000-01-01

    The use of a composite graft is an established treatment for patients with aortic valve disease and ascending aortic aneurysms. Since bleeding from suture lines is a potential complication of this procedure, we modified the technique and evaluated the effect on hemostasis. From January 1994 through December 1998, 35 patients underwent composite aortic graft replacement for chronic aortic disease. In the first 16 patients (Group 1), we used the standard open technique, with excision of the aortic aneurysm and anastomosis of aortic buttons containing the coronary ostia to the vascular graft. In the next 19 patients (Group 2), we modified the technique by placing an additional suture at the proximal graft anastomosis and harvesting large coronary buttons that were then attached to the graft by an “endo-button” buttress method. There were no operative deaths; the actuarial survival rate at 36 months was 92% ± 5%. Between groups 1 and 2, a significant difference was found in postoperative bleeding (1,052 ± 433 mL vs 806 ± 257 mL, respectively; p = 0.02) and in number of blood transfusions required (2.1 ± 2.0 units vs 0.4 ± 0.7 units, respectively; p = 0.002). Multivariate analysis showed that the surgical technique used in Group 1 was the only independent risk factor for postoperative bleeding of 1,000 mL or more (p = 0.01) and for transfusion requirements of 3 or more units of blood (p = 0.004). Composite aortic valve and root replacement can be accomplished with excellent results. Technical modifications may reduce bleeding complications and related morbidity significantly. PMID:11093407

  7. Treatment of TIPS Stenosis with ePTFE Graft-Covered Stents

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    DiSalle, Robert S.; Dolmatch, Bart L.

    1998-03-15

    Midshunt stenosis and recurrent variceal bleeding occurred in 2 patients after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS). Repeat angioplasty was performed in both cases but recurrent stenosis again led to hemorrhage. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) graft-covered stents were expanded in each of the TIPS at the midshunt, reducing the portosystemic gradient for both patients. Variceal bleeding ceased, and follow-up studies showed no evidence of recurrent stenosis in either case.

  8. Alterations of blood flow pattern after triple stent endovascular treatment of saccular abdominal aortic aneurysm: a porcine model.

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    Oliveira, Jahir Richard DE; Aquino, Maurício DE Amorim; Barros, Svetlana; Pitta, Guilherme Benjamin Brandão; Pereira, Adamastor Humberto

    2016-01-01

    to determine the blood flow pattern changes after endovascular treatment of saccular abdominal aortic aneurysm with triple stent. we conducted a hemodynamic study of seven Landrace and Large White pigs with saccular aneurysms of the infrarenal abdominal aorta artificially produced according to the technique described. The animals were subjected to triple stenting for endovascular aneurysm. We evaluated the pattern of blood flow by duplex scan before and after stent implantation. We used the non-paired Mann-Whitney test for statistical analysis. there was a significant decrease in the average systolic velocity, from 127.4cm/s in the pre-stent period to 69.81cm/s in the post-stent phase. There was also change in the flow pattern from turbulent in the aneurysmal sac to laminate intra-stent. there were changes in the blood flow pattern of saccular abdominal aortic aneurysm after endovascular treatment with triple stent. determinar as alterações do padrão do fluxo sanguíneo após tratamento endovascular do aneurisma sacular de aorta abdominal com triplo stent. estudo hemodinâmico de sete suínos das raças Landrace e Large White portadores de aneurismas saculares de aorta abdominal infrarrenal artificialmente produzidos segundo técnica descrita. Os animais foram submetidos a implante de triplo stent para correção endovascular do aneurisma e reavaliados por duplex scan quanto ao padrão do fluxo sanguíneo antes e após o implante dos stents. A análise estatística foi realizada com o teste Mann-Whitney não pareado. verificou-se uma queda significativa da velocidade sistólica média de 127,4cm/s na fase pré-stent para 69,81cm/s na fase pós-stent. Houve ainda mudança no padrão do fluxo de turbilhonar no saco aneurismático para laminar intrastent. o estudo demonstrou alterações do padrão do fluxo sanguíneo do aneurisma sacular de aorta abdominal após tratamento endovascular com triplo stent.

  9. Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Associated with a Heparin-Bonded Stent Graft.

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    Blas, Joseph-Vincent V; Carsten, Christopher G; Gray, Bruce H

    2016-05-01

    We describe a case of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) in association with heparin-bonded stent grafts. A 61-year-old man with claudication secondary to a left superficial femoral artery (SFA) occlusion was treated with 2 heparin-bonded polytetrafluorethylene (hep-PTFE) grafts. Despite the use of antiplatelet medication, he presented with thrombosed hep-PTFE grafts 1 week after initial treatment. An additional hep-PTFE graft was placed at the SFA origin because of migration of the first graft. He was discharged on anticoagulation; however, he presented again 2 weeks later with recurrent SFA thrombosis and a platelet count of 60,000, raising suspicion for HIT. All exogenous forms of heparin were discontinued, and he was started on an alternative anticoagulant. The patient returned again 5 days after being discharged with recurrent symptoms of acute limb ischemia. He underwent a left femoropopliteal artery bypass with autogenous conduit and removal of the grafts. He has since had an uneventful recovery. We believe HIT should be considered as a potential cause of hep-PTFE graft thrombosis. Diagnosis and management of these patients is complex and may require explantation of the graft.

  10. Techniques for aortic arch endovascular repair.

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    Hongku, Kiattisak; Dias, Nuno; Sonesson, Bjorn; Resch, Timothy

    2016-06-01

    This article reviews endovascular strategies for aortic arch repair. Open repair remains the gold standard particularly for good risk patients. Endovascular treatment potentially offers a less invasive repair. Principles, technical considerations, devices and outcomes of each technique are discussed and summarized. Hybrid repair combines less invasive revascularization options, instead of arch replacement while extending stent-graft into the arch. Outcomes vary with regard to extent of repair and aortic arch pathologies treated. Results of arch chimney and other parallel graft techniques perhaps make it a less preferable choice for elective cases. However, they are very appealing options for urgent or bailout situations. Fenestrated stent-grafting is subjected to many technical challenges in aortic arch due to difficulties in stent-graft orientation and fenestration positioning. In situ fenestration techniques emerge to avoid these problems, but durability of stent-grafts after fenestration and ischemic consequences of temporary carotid arteries coverage raises some concern total arch repair using this technique. Arch branched graft is a new technology. Early outcomes did not meet the expectation; however the results have been improving after its learning curve period. Refining stent-graft technologies and implantation techniques positively impact outcomes of endovascular approaches.

  11. Do collagen-impregnated knitted Dacron grafts reduce the need for transfusion in infrarenal aortic reconstruction?

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    Barral, X; Gay, J L; Favre, J P; Gournier, J P

    1995-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the benefits of collagen-impregnated Dacron grafts in patients undergoing infrarenal aortic reconstruction. We therefore prospectively compared two consecutive series of patients undergoing infrarenal aortic reconstruction with Dacron grafts between January 1991 and December 1992. The first group (group A) included 83 high-density knitted prosthetic grafts (Dialine I), whereas the second included 82 grafts of the same type but impregnated with collagen (Dialine II). The two groups were comparable with regard to age, sex, and operative risk factors. They were also comparable in terms of the proportion of patients with occlusive disease or aneurysms, that is, there were 39 and 36 patients with occlusive disease and 44 and 46 patients with aneurysms in groups A and B, respectively. The type of bypass was similar in both groups with 17 and 19 tubular grafts and 66 and 63 bifurcated grafts being inserted in groups A and B, respectively. Thirteen parameters were studied and compared within each group including (1) number of infected grafts, (2) number of postoperative occlusions, (3) maximum postoperative temperature, (4) number of positive postoperative blood cultures, (5) number of postoperative deaths, (6) intraoperative and (7) postoperative quantities of blood transfused, (8) difference between pre- and postoperative hemoglobin concentrations, (9) difference between pre- and postoperative fibrinogen levels, (10) difference between pre- and postoperative platelet counts, (11) duration of aortic clamping, (12) date of return of intestinal function, and (13) mean duration of pre- and postoperative hospital stays.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  12. Covered Stent-Graft Treatment of Traumatic Internal Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysms: A Review

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    Maras, Dimitrios; Lioupis, Christos Magoufis, George; Tsamopoulos, Nikolaos; Moulakakis, Konstantinos; Andrikopoulos, Vasilios

    2006-12-15

    Objective. To review the literature concerning the management with placement of covered stent-grafts of traumatic pseudoaneurysms of the extracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) resulting from penetrating craniocervical injuries or skull base fractures. Method. We have reviewed, from the Medline database, all the published cases in the English literature since 1990 and we have added a new case. Results. We identified 20 patients with traumatic extracranial ICA pseudoaneurysms due to penetrating craniocervical injuries or skull base fractures who had been treated with covered stent-graft implantation. Many discrepancies have been ascertained regarding the anticoagulation therapy. In 3 patients the ICA was totally occluded in the follow-up period, giving an overall occlusion rate 15%. No serious complication was reported as a result of the endovascular procedure. Conclusion. Preliminary results suggest that placement of stent-grafts is a safe and effective method of treating ICA traumatic pseudoaneurysms resulting from penetrating craniocervical injuries or skull base fractures. The immediate results are satisfactory when the procedure takes place with appropriate anticoagulation therapy. The periprocedural morbidity and mortality and the early patency are also acceptable. A surveillance program with appropriate interventions to manage restenosis may improve the long-term patency.

  13. Primary Infrarenal Aortic Stenting With or Without Iliac Stenting for Isolated and Aortoiliac Stenoses: Single-Centre Experience With Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Tapping, C. R.; Ahmed, M.; Scott, P. M.; Lakshminarayan, R.; Robinson, G. J.; Ettles, D. F.; Shrivastava, V.

    2013-02-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the technical success, complications, long-term clinical outcome, and patency after primary infrarenal aortic stenting for aortic and aortoiliac stenosis. Between January 1999 and January 2006, 22 consecutive patients underwent endovascular treatment because of infrarenal aortic stenosis with and without common iliac stenosis (10 men; mean age 64 {+-} 14 years). Eleven (11 of 22) patients had an isolated aortic stenosis, whereas 11 of 22 had aortic stenosis that extended into the common iliac arteries (CIAs). Thirteen patients were Rutherford classification type 3, and 9 patients were type 4. Statistical analysis included paired Student t test and Kaplan-Meier life table analysis; p < 0.05 was considered significant. Technical and initial clinical success was achieved in all patients. There were three (14 %) procedure-related complications, which included two access-point pseudoaneurysms and one non-flow-limiting left external iliac dissection. Patients were followed-up for a mean period of 88 months (range 60-132). Mean preprocedure ankle brachial pressure indexes (ABPI) were 0.60 {+-} -0.15 (right) and 0.61 {+-} -0.16 (left). After the procedure they were 0.86 {+-} -0.07 (right) and 0.90 {+-} -0.09 (left). The increase in ABPI was significant (p < 0.05), and this continued throughout follow-up. Four (18 %) patients had recurrence of symptoms during follow-up. These occurred at 36, 48, 48, and 50 months after the original procedure. All four patients were successfully treated with repeat angioplasty procedures. There was a significant difference in primary patency between isolated aortic stenosis (100 %) and aortoiliac stenosis (60 %) (p = 0.031). Cumulative follow-up was 1920 months yielding a reintervention rate of 0.025/events/year. Primary stenting of infrarenal stenosis is safe and successful with a low reintervention rate. It should be considered as first-line treatment for patients with infrarenal aortic stenotic

  14. A novel suture technique for distal aorta-graft anastomosis in aortic aneurysm repair surgery: diagonal basting stitch.

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    Cagli, Kerim; Cicek, Omer Faruk; Lafci, Gokhan

    2015-01-01

    We describe a novel suture technique of distal anastomosis between the graft and the aorta in ascending aortic aneurysm repair surgery. In this technique, the aortic graft is positioned inside the distal aortic lumen with an overlapping segment and circumferential or back wall part only diagonal basting stitches are performed without use of Teflon pledgets, strips, or bioadhesives. This new technique establishes a secure anastomosis line, shortens anastomosis time, and avoids the use of foreign materials.

  15. Use of PTFE Stent Grafts for Hemodialysis-related Central Venous Occlusions: Intermediate-Term Results

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    Kundu, Sanjoy Modabber, Milad; You, John M.; Tam, Paul; Nagai, Gordon; Ting, Robert

    2011-10-15

    Purpose: To assess the safety and effectiveness of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) encapsulated nitinol stents (Bard Peripheral Vascular, Tempe, AZ) for treatment of hemodialysis-related central venous occlusions. Materials and Methods: Study design was a single-center nonrandomized retrospective cohort of patients from May 2004 to August 2009 for a total of 64 months. There were 14 patients (mean age 60 years, range 50-83 years; 13 male, 1 female). All patients had autogenous fistulas. All 14 patients had central venous occlusions and presented with clinical symptoms of the following: extremity swelling (14%, 2 of 14), extremity and face swelling (72%, 10 of 14), and face swelling/edema (14%, 2 of 14). There was evidence of access dysfunction with decreased access flow in 36% (5 of 14) patients. There were prior interventions or previous line placement at the site of the central venous lesion in all 14 patients. Results were assessed by recurrence of clinical symptoms and function of the access circuit (National Kidney Foundation recommended criteria). Results: Sixteen consecutive straight stent grafts were implanted in 14 patients. Average treated lesion length was 5.0 cm (range, 0.9-7 cm). All 14 patients had complete central venous occlusion (100% stenosis). The central venous occlusions were located as follows: right subclavian and brachiocephalic vein (21%, 3 of 14), right brachiocephalic vein (36%, 5 of 14), left brachiocephalic vein (36%, 5 of 14), and bilateral brachiocephalic vein (7%, 1 of 14). A total of 16 PTFE stent grafts were placed. Ten- or 12-mm-diameter PTFE stent grafts were placed. The average stent length was 6.1 cm (range, 4-8 cm). Technical (deployment), anatomic (<30% residual stenosis), clinical (resolution of symptoms), and hemodynamic (resolution of access dysfunction) success were 100%. At 3, 6, and 9 months, primary patency of the treated area and access circuit were 100% (14 of 14). Conclusions: This PTFE encapsulated stent graft

  16. Mycotic Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Secondary to Septic Embolism of a Thoracic Aorta Graft Infection.

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    Blanco Amil, Carla Lorena; Vidal Rey, Jorge; López Arquillo, Irene; Pérez Rodríguez, María Teresa; Encisa de Sá, José Manuel

    2016-05-01

    Mycotic aneurysms account for 1% of abdominal aortic aneurysms. There are very few cases published that describe the formation of mycotic aneurysms after septic embolism due to graft infection. We present the first case to our knowledge to be described in the literature of a mycotic aneurysm caused by septic embolism derived from a thoracic aorta graft infection, treated with conventional surgery leading to a successful outcome and evolution.

  17. Simultaneous carotid endarterectomy, coronary artery bypass grafting and abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery.

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    Bashar, Abul Hasan Muhammad; Kazui, Teruhisa; Washiyama, Naoki; Yamashita, Katsushi; Terada, Hitoshi

    2002-06-01

    A case with a disease triad of an ulcerative lesion in the left internal carotid artery (LICA), severe coronary insufficiency, and an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is presented in whom we performed simultaneous carotid endarterectomy (CEA), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and Y-graft replacement of the AAA. The operative technique is detailed and justification of the simultaneous approach in such patients is discussed.

  18. Embolisation of a Proximal Type I Endoleak Post-Nellix Aortic Aneurysm Repair Complicated by Reflux of Onyx into the Nellix Endograft Limb

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    Ameli-Renani, S. Das, R. Weller, A. Chung, R. Morgan, R. A.

    2015-06-15

    We report the first case of intervention for a proximal type 1 endoleak following Nellix endovascular aneurysm sealing repair of an aortic aneurysm. This was complicated by migration of Onyx into one of the Nellix graft limbs causing significant stenosis. Subsequent placement of a covered stent to affix the Onyx between the stent and the wall of the Nellix endograft successfully restored stent patency.

  19. Transcatheter double stent implantation for treatment of middle aortic coarctation syndrome.

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    McMahon, Colin J; Lambert, Imelda; Walsh, Kevin P

    2013-10-01

    A 13-year-old boy presented with severe systemic hypertension. His upper limb blood pressure measured 190/100 mm Hg and lower limb blood pressure measured 98/64 mm Hg. The brachial pulses were bounding and femoral pulses were not palpable. Echocardiography and magnetic resonance angiography confirmed middle aortic syndrome. There was severe diffuse thoraco-abdominal coarctation with continuous Doppler run-off. Cardiac catheterization was undertaken and using a retrograde approach two Advanta V12 stents were implanted in the complex thoraco-abdominal coarctation. The gradient across the coarctation was reduced from 80 to 40 mm Hg gradient with a significant improvement in the luminal diameter of the aorta. His upper limb blood pressure reduced to 142/78 mm Hg six weeks later.

  20. Relief of Mesenteric Ischemia by Z-Stent Placement into the Superior Mesenteric Artery Compressed by the False Lumen of an Aortic Dissection

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    Yamakado, Koichiro; Takeda, Kan; Nomura, Yoshiyuki; Kato, Noriyuki; Hirano, Tadanori; Matsumura, Kaname; Nakagawa, Tsuyoshi; Yuasa, Hiroshi; Yada, Isao

    1998-01-15

    In a 58-year-old man acute aortic dissection compromised the origin of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA), resulting in mesenteric ischemia. After failed balloon angioplasty a Gianturco Z-stent was placed. The stenosis improved immediately, followed by resolution of the clinical signs of mesenteric ischemia. SMA flow was well preserved 1 year after stenting.

  1. Analysis of indium-111 platelet kinetics and imaging in patients with aortic grafts and abdominal aortic aneurysms

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    Hanson, S.R.; Kotze, H.F.; Pieters, H.; Heyns, A.D. )

    1990-11-01

    To quantitatively characterize processes of platelet thrombus formation in vivo, the kinetics and incorporation into thrombus of autologous In-111-labeled platelets were compared in six patients with aortic aneurysms and in seven patients with prosthetic aortic grafts. Although platelet survival was comparably shortened in both patient groups (mean, 5.8 days), the maximum radioactivity as determined by gamma camera imaging was higher in the aneurysms than in the grafts (3.3% +/- 1.6% vs. 1.6% +/- 1.1%, p = 0.05). Maximum In-111 uptake was also attained more quickly in the aneurysm patients (2.3 +/- 0.8 days vs. 3.5 +/- 1.3 days; p = 0.07). The experimental platelet kinetic and imaging data were subsequently evaluated by compartmental analysis to estimate both normal and disease-related components of platelet destruction. This analysis indicated that deposited platelet radioactivity had a longer residence time on grafts (2.9 +/- 1.7 days vs. 1.4 +/- 0.9 days, p = 0.07) but accumulated at a faster rate in aneurysms (5.0% +/- 3.4% per day vs. 1.4% +/- 0.9% per day, p = 0.02). As determined by imaging, only a proportion of increased platelet destruction was specifically due to the aneurysms (55% +/- 38%) or grafts (17% +/- 11%, p = 0.03). This result indicates additional components of platelet destruction unrelated to graft and aneurysm thrombus formation which, in some graft patients, may reflect a greater severity of vascular disease or other mechanisms causing a preferential shortening of platelet survival. Thus, the analytical approach described may be a useful one for discriminating components of in vivo platelet utilization including platelet removal due to normal hemostatic and senescent mechanisms, localized thrombus formation, and more generalized vascular disease.

  2. Combined aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting for a calcified ascending aorta.

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    Baba, Hironori; Umesue, Masayoshi; Matsui, Kanzi

    2012-04-01

    Although a severely calcified ascending aorta is encountered infrequently, it presents formidable problems during cardiac surgery. We describe a case of severe aortic valve stenosis and coronary artery disease combined with a severely calcified ascending aorta. The patient was an 80-year-old man with a calcified ascending aorta. He successfully underwent an aortic valve replacement and a single coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) using a saphenous vein graft with the proximal end connected on a Dacron patch, which was used for aortoplasty of the calcified plate along the aortotomy. These procedures were performed under moderate hypothermia with aortic clamping. This patch aortoplasty can be a useful alternative in cases that require aortotomy and proximal anastomoses of a CABG on a calcified ascending aorta.

  3. Automatic vessel extraction and abdominal aortic stent planning in multislice CT

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    Subramanyan, Krishna; Smith, Dava; Varma, Jay; Chandra, Shalabh

    2002-05-01

    The abdominal aorta is the most common site for an aneurysm, which may lead to hemorrhage and death, to develop. The aim of this study was to develop a semi-automated method to de-lineate the vessels and detect the center-line of these vessels to make measurements necessary for stent design from multi-detector computed tomograms. We developed a robust method of tracking the aortic vessel tree with branches from a user selected seed point along the vessel path using scale space approaches, central transformation measures, vessel direction findings, iterative corrections and a priori information in determining the vessel branches. Fifteen patients were scanned with contrast on Mx8000 CT scanner (Philips Medical Systems), with a 3.2 mm thickness, 1.5 mm slice spacing, and a stack of 512x512x320 volume data sets were reconstructed. The algorithm required an initial user input to locate the vessel seen in axial CT slice. Next, the automated image processing took approximately two minutes to compute the centerline and borders of the aortic vessel tree. The results between the manually and automatically generated vessel diameters were compared and statistics were computed. We observed our algorithm was consistent (less than 0.01 S.D) and similar (less than 0.1 S.D) to manual results.

  4. Acute Effects of Liver Vein Occlusion by Stent-Graft Placed in Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Channel: An Experimental Study

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    Keussen, Inger Bergqvist, Lennart; Rissler, Pehr; Cwikiel, Wojciech

    2006-02-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of hepatic vein occlusion by stent-graft used in transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). The experiments were performed in six healthy pigs under general anesthesia. Following percutaneous transhepatic implantation of a port-a-cath in the right hepatic vein, TIPS was created with a stent-graft (Viatorr; W L Gore, Flagstaff, AZ, USA). The outflow from the hepatic vein, blocked by the stent-graft was documented by injection of contrast medium and repeated injections of {sup 99}Tc{sup m}-labeled human serum albumin through the port-a-cath. After 2 weeks, the outflow was re-evaluated, the pigs were sacrificed, and histopathologic examination of the liver was performed. Occlusion of the hepatic vein by a stent-graft had a short and temporary effect on the outflow. Histopathological examination from the affected liver segment showed no divergent pattern. Stent-grafts used in TIPS block the outflow from the liver vein, but do not have a prolonged circulatory effect and do not affect the liver parenchyma.

  5. Effect of a Flared Renal Stent on the Performance of Fenestrated Stent-Grafts at Rest and Exercise Conditions

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    Kandail, Harkamaljot; Hamady, Mohamad; Xu, Xiao Yun

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To quantify the hemodynamic impact of a flared renal stent on the performance of fenestrated stent-grafts (FSGs) by analyzing flow patterns and wall shear stress–derived parameters in flared and nonflared FSGs in different physiologic scenarios. Methods: Hypothetical models of FSGs were created with and without flaring of the proximal portion of the renal stent. Flared FSGs with different dilation angles and protrusion lengths were examined, as well as a nonplanar flared FSG to account for lumbar curvature. Laminar and pulsatile blood flow was simulated by numerically solving Navier-Stokes equations. A physiologically realistic flow rate waveform was prescribed at the inlet, while downstream vasculature was modeled using a lumped parameter 3-element windkessel model. No slip boundary conditions were imposed at the FSG walls, which were assumed to be rigid. While resting simulations were performed on all the FSGs, exercise simulations were also performed on a flared FSG to quantify the effect of flaring in different physiologic scenarios. Results: For cycle-averaged inflow of 2.94 L/min (rest) and 4.63 L/min (exercise), 27% of blood flow was channeled into each renal branch at rest and 21% under exercise for all the flared FSGs examined. Although the renal flow waveform was not affected by flaring, flow within the flared FSGs was disturbed. This flow disturbance led to high endothelial cell activation potential (ECAP) values at the renal ostia for all the flared geometries. Reducing the dilation angle or protrusion length and exercise lowered the ECAP values for flared FSGs. Conclusion: Flaring of renal stents has a negligible effect on the time dependence of renal flow rate waveforms and can maintain sufficient renal perfusion at rest and exercise. Local flow patterns are, however, strongly dependent on renal flaring, which creates a local flow disturbance and may increase the thrombogenicity at the renal ostia. Smaller dilation angles, shorter

  6. Dilation of woven and knitted aortic prosthetic grafts: CT scan evaluation.

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    Alimi, Y; Juhan, C; Morati, N; Girard, N; Cohen, S

    1994-05-01

    Because there are few reports in the literature concerning short- and medium-term outcome of woven and knitted aortic prosthetic grafts, we conducted CT evaluations in 58 asymptomatic patients (53 males and five females with a mean age of 63.5 years) undergoing infrarenal aortic reconstruction between June 1988 and June 1991. Joined CT slices after contrast enhancement, centered on the proximal anastomoses, prosthetic bodies, and prosthetic limbs, were obtained in the early (mean 19 days) and late (mean 19 months, range 6 to 40 months) postoperative periods. In end-to-side aortoprosthetic anastomoses (n = 28), early and late CT examinations revealed that the anteroposterior diameter increased 1.9% (p = NS) and 8.8% (p < 0.0001) for woven and knitted grafts, respectively. In end-to-end aortoprosthetic anastomoses, the diameter of the prosthetic body on early CT scans increased 12.6% (p < 0.0001) and 28% (p < 0.0001) for woven and knitted prosthetic grafts, respectively, as compared with diameter values provided by the manufacturer. Dilation continued to progress 2.2% (p < 0.04) for woven and 6.2% (p < 0.0002) for knitted prosthetic grafts on late CT scans. The mean diameter of the prosthetic graft limbs (n = 96) increased 22.3% (p < 0.0001) and 34.6% (p < 0.0001) for woven and knitted prosthetic grafts, respectively, on early CT scans as compared with manufacturers' values. Secondary increases were 3.2% (p < 0.002) and 7.7% (p < 0.007) for woven and knitted prosthetic grafts, respectively. These data show that dilation of aortic prostheses occurs early in most cases, most likely soon after declamping of the graft, as shown by recent intraoperative measurements.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  7. Endovascular management of a thoracic aortic disruption following failure of deployment of a parachute.

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    Kpodonu, Jacques; Wheatley, Grayson H; Ramaiah, Venkatesh G; Diethrich, Edward B

    2007-12-01

    Traumatic thoracic aortic disruption is a life-threatening lesion associated with a high surgical mortality. Endovascular stent graft repair is a minimal invasive approach that does not require a thoracotomy, aortic cross clamping and cardiopulmonary bypass. We report the use of an endoluminal graft to treat a 58-year-old male, who sustained multiple injuries including thoracic aortic disruption in a sky-diving accident due to failure of deployment of his parachute.

  8. Detecting Aortic Graft Complications: A Spectrum of Computed Tomography Findings.

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    Nicola, Refky; Shaqdan, Khalid W; Aran, Shima; Singh, Ajay K; Abujudeh, Hani H

    2016-01-01

    Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is a successful technique as well as an excellent alternative to the surgical management of abdominal aortic aneurysms. EVAR has improved the mortality and morbidity of many patients who would have otherwise suffered greatly from the consequences of abdominal aortic aneurysms. However, EVAR is not without complications. Some complications require lifelong surveillance, whereas others may necessitate immediate surgical intervention. We discuss the various modalities available for the surveillance as well as the common complications that can be seen on computed tomography. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Results of the Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft in Challenging Aortic Branch Revascularization during Complex Aneurysm Repair.

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    Tsilimparis, Nikolaos; Larena-Avellaneda, Axel; Krause, Benjamin; Wipper, Sabine; Diener, Holger; Kölbel, Tilo; Debus, E Sebastian

    2015-10-01

    Prolonged organ ischemia during complex aortic surgery is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. A novel hybrid graft (Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft) as composite of expanded polytetrafluorethylene vascular prosthesis that has a section reinforced with nitinol was investigated for feasibility and effectiveness during aortic repair. Retrospective analysis of all consecutive patients treated with the hybrid vascular graft (HVG). Indication for graft implantation was surgeon's preference for branch revascularization in challenging aortic repair. Within 26 months, 25 Gore HVGs and 17 conventional grafts were implanted in 12 patients (age, 73 years; range, 33-79 years, 8 men). Eleven patients were treated for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and one for aortoiliac aneurysm (elective = 6, urgent = 6). Nine visceral debranching procedures, 2 Crawford procedures, and 1 repair of an internal iliac aneurysm were performed. The distribution of HVG use was left renal artery = 10, right renal artery = 9, superior mesenteric artery = 4, celiac trunk = 1, and internal iliac artery = 1. Time to restore visceral blood flow during visceral debranching was 7 ± 4 min for the Gore HVG vs. 12 ± 6 min for conventional grafts (P < 0.01).Technical success was achieved in all cases. At 12 months of median follow-up, cumulative patency of the HVGs was 96%. The Gore HVG offers a new, simplified, and time-sparing technique for visceral anastomoses during complex aneurysm repair. However, long-term results are still lacking and need to be awaited. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Endovascular Repair for Type A Aortic Dissection After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement With a Medtronic CoreValve.

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    Berfield, Kathleen K S; Sweet, Matthew P; McCabe, James M; Reisman, Mark; Mackensen, G Burkhard; Mokadam, Nahush A; Dean, Larry S; Smith, Jason W

    2015-10-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is being used with increasing frequency in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are otherwise deemed to be at high surgical risk. Aortic dissection is a rare complication of transcatheter aortic valve replacement and poses a unique management dilemma. We describe the treatment of an acute Stanford type A aortic dissection after transcatheter aortic valve replacement with a modified thoracic endovascular stent graft in a 95-year-old woman. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. The PROTAGORAS study to evaluate the performance of the Endurant stent graft for patients with pararenal pathologic processes treated by the chimney/snorkel endovascular technique.

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    Donas, Konstantinos P; Torsello, Giovanni B; Piccoli, Gianluca; Pitoulias, Georgios A; Torsello, Giovanni Federico; Bisdas, Theodosios; Austermann, Martin; Gasparini, Daniele

    2016-01-01

    The chimney/snorkel endovascular aortic repair (ch-EVAR) is gaining ever-greater acceptance in the treatment of pararenal pathologic processes. However, the published experience includes mainly short-term clinical results with combinations of several abdominal devices and types of chimney grafts. The aim of this study was the midterm evaluation of the Endurant stent graft (Medtronic, Santa Rosa, Calif) as a standard abdominal device for ch-EVAR. Between January 2009 and January 2013, prospectively collected data of high-risk patients with pararenal pathologic processes who underwent ch-EVAR with placement of the Endurant abdominal device were analyzed. The chimney graft intended for use was a balloon-expandable covered stent. Main outcome measures were aneurysm sac regression and chimney graft patency. A total of 187 snorkel/chimney grafts were successfully placed in 128 patients (mean age, 76.6 years). The technical success was 100%. The mean preoperative proximal neck length and aneurysm size were 4.7 mm and 64.8 mm (range, 48-135 mm), respectively. The postoperative new neck length after use of chimney grafts was 18.7 ± 6.3 mm. The mean aneurysm sac decreased significantly (60.8 mm; 95% confidence interval, 2.036-7.084; P = .001) after a mean radiologic follow up of 24.6 ± 17.4 months. Thirty-day mortality and midterm mortality were 0.8% and 17.2%, respectively. Two patients (1.6%) with single chimneys presented with late new onset of type Ia endoleak and underwent additional tube and multiple chimney placement. Primary chimney graft patency was 95.7%. Freedom from chimney graft-related reinterventions was 93.1%. Standard use of the Endurant abdominal device for ch-EVAR in >120 patients is associated with high technical success, significant aneurysm sac regression, and low incidence of secondary procedures after 2-year radiologic follow-up. These results will give significant impetus to device selection, facilitating the standardization of technique. Copyright

  12. Stent-grafts in the management of hemorrhagic complications related to hemostatic closure devices: report of two cases.

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    Giansante Abud, Daniel; Mounayer, Charbel; Saint-Maurice, Jean Pierre; Rezende, Marco Túlio Salles; Houdart, Emmanuel; Moret, Jacques

    2007-01-01

    We report 2 cases of hemorrhagic complications related to use of the Angio-Seal hemostatic closure device that were successfully managed with stent-grafts. Two patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage were referred to our departments for endovascular treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms. The treatment was performed through a femoral access; the sheaths were removed immediately after the procedures, and the punctures sites closed by Angio-Seals. Both patients presented clinical signs of hypovolemic shock after treatment. The diagnosis of active bleeding through the puncture site was made by emergency digital subtraction angiography. The lesions were managed with stent-grafts. The use of stent-grafts proved to be efficient in the management of these life-threatening hemorrhagic complications following the use of the Angio-Seal hemostatic closure device.

  13. Ruptured Mycotic Common Femoral Artery Pseudoaneurysm: Fatal Pulmonary Embolism after Emergency Stent-Grafting in a Drug Abuser

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    Kalogirou, Thomas E.; Giagtzidis, Ioakeim T.; Papazoglou, Konstantinos O.

    2014-01-01

    The rupture of a mycotic femoral artery pseudoaneurysm in an intravenous drug abuser is a limb- and life-threatening condition that necessitates emergency intervention. Emergency stent-grafting appears to be a viable, minimally invasive alternative, or a bridge, to subsequent open surgery. Caution is required in cases of suspected concomitant deep vein thrombosis in order to minimize the possibility of massive pulmonary embolism during stent-grafting, perhaps by omitting stent-graft postdilation or by inserting an inferior vena cava filter first. We describe the emergency endovascular management, in a 60-year-old male intravenous drug abuser, of a ruptured mycotic femoral artery pseudoaneurysm, which was complicated by a fatal pulmonary embolism. PMID:25593530

  14. Stent-Grafts in the Management of Hemorrhagic Complications Related to Hemostatic Closure Devices: Report of Two Cases

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    Giansante Abud, Daniel; Mounayer, Charbel; Saint-Maurice, Jean Pierre; Salles Rezende, Marco Tulio; Houdart, Emmanuel; Moret, Jacques

    2007-02-15

    We report 2 cases of hemorrhagic complications related to use of the Angio-Seal hemostatic closure device that were successfully managed with stent-grafts. Two patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage were referred to our departments for endovascular treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms. The treatment was performed through a femoral access; the sheaths were removed immediately after the procedures, and the punctures sites closed by Angio-Seals. Both patients presented clinical signs of hypovolemic shock after treatment. The diagnosis of active bleeding through the puncture site was made by emergency digital subtraction angiography. The lesions were managed with stent-grafts. The use of stent-grafts proved to be efficient in the management of these life-threatening hemorrhagic complications following the use of the Angio-Seal hemostatic closure device.

  15. Square Stent: A New Self-Expandable Endoluminal Device and Its Applications

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    Pavcnik, Dusan; Uchida, Barry; Timmermans, Hans; Keller, Frederick S.; Roesch, Josef

    2001-07-15

    The square stent is a new, simply constructed, self-expanding device that has recently been described. Compared with other stents, the square stent has a minimal amount of metal and thus requires a smaller-diameter catheter for introduction. Despite the small amount of metal present, the square stent has adequate expansile force. We have been evaluating the square stent for various interventional applications. In addition to the basic square stent, combinations of square stents and coverings for square stents were developed and evaluated to expand its uses and indications. One of the coverings tested is a new biomaterial: small intestinal submucosa (SIS). This paper will discuss the various applications of the square stent, which include a retrievable inferior vena cava filter, vascular occluder, graft adapter, and venous and aortic valves. In addition, we will review the important properties of SIS as a covering for the square stent.

  16. Left subclavian artery revascularization as part of thoracic stent grafting.

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    Saouti, Nabil; Hindori, Vikash; Morshuis, William J; Heijmen, Robin H

    2015-01-01

    Intentional covering of the left subclavian artery (LSA) as part of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) can cause (posterior) strokes or left arm malperfusion. LSA revascularization can be done as prophylaxis against, or as treatment of, these complications. We report our experience with the surgical technique, indications and the results of LSA revascularization. Between 2000 and 2013, 51 patients of 444 patients who were treated by TEVAR, had LSA revascularization. All elective patients had a preoperative work-up with magnetic resonance angiography to evaluate the circle of Willis. In all, surgical access was through a left supraclavicular incision only. The majority (90%) had prophylactic LSA revascularization because of incomplete circle of Willis and or dominant left vertebral artery (LVA) (n=29), patent left internal mammary artery (n=1), prevention spinal cord ischaemia (SCI) (n=2), prevention left arm ischaemia due to small LVA (n=2) and LVA origin in arch (n=1). Fourteen percent had secondary revascularization, either immediate because of malperfusion of the left arm (n=2) or late after TEVAR because of persisting left arm claudication (n=5). In 12 patients, the following early complications were observed: re-exploration for bleeding, n=1; left recurrent nerve paralysis, n=2; left phrenic nerve paralysis, n=1; left sympathetic chain neuropraxia, resulting in Horner's syndrome, n=3; Chyle duct lesions, resulting in persistent Chyle leakage, n=3. Neither strokes nor SCI was observed. One patient experienced occlusion of the bypass at 6 months. The present study shows that the procedure of LSA revascularization as part of TEVAR is safe with low morbidity consisting of mainly (transient) nerve palsy. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  17. Successful outcome of emergency coronary artery bypass grafting and retrieval of entrapped stent, angioplasty balloon, and guidewire.

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    Karthik, Shishir; Silverton, Paul; Blaxill, Jonathan A; O'Regan, David J

    2005-03-01

    A 42-year-old man presented with worsening of angina after a recent angioplasty and stenting. Repeat angiography revealed further untreated lesions in the left anterior descending coronary artery. The patient underwent re-angioplasty and stenting. After stent deployment, the guidewire and balloon got entrapped in the left anterior descending coronary artery, which was associated with hypotension and ischemic changes of the anterolateral wall on electrocardiogram. The patient was stabilized with the insertion of an intraaortic balloon pump, and he underwent emergency coronary artery bypass grafting and removal of the entrapped equipment. He had an uneventful postoperative recovery.

  18. Non-invasive and invasive predictors of paravalvular regurgitation post CoreValve® stent prosthesis implantation in aortic valves.

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    Anger, Thomas; Bauer, Verena; Plachtzik, Claudia; Geisler, Tobias; Gawaz, Meinrad; Oberhoff, Martin; Höher, Martin

    2014-06-01

    The long-term success of CoreValve® stent prosthesis (Medtronic) implantation for severe aortic valve stenosis is limited by postprocedural paravalvular regurgitation (PVR). We have retrospectively investigated preinterventional cardiac 256-slice computed tomography (CT) scans and aortography to define predictors for mild, moderate, or severe PVR, in a blinded fashion. We investigated 100 consecutive patients with a mean aortic valve area (AVA) of 0.69 cm(2) and a mean age of 79.4 years. PVR was defined by echocardiography as mild (63), moderate (18), or severe (19). We found no differences according to AVA, left ventricular function, deployed stent size, calcification rate of the aortic valve, and stent position. Anatomically, the annular size and the angle between the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) and the ascending aorta demonstrated significant (P < 0.05) differences in the severity of the PVR: an LVOT: ascending aorta angle >12.6°, annulus area >8.9 cm(2) , and annulus diameter difference >3.9 mm. The multivariate analysis demonstrated that deviation angle, difference of aortic annulus (longitudinal-orthogonal), and CoreValve size were independent predictors of PVR. Our data demonstrate the feasibility of cardiac CT to evaluate predictors of PVR post-CoreValve placement. We support the aortic annulus (the area as well as the diameter differences) and the deviation of the linear slope from LVOT to ascending aorta as predictors of severe paravalvular regurgitations poststent implantation. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Endovascular Repair of Arterial Iliac Vessel Wall Lesions with a Self-Expandable Nitinol Stent Graft System

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    Mensel, Birger; Kühn, Jens-Peter; Hoene, Andreas; Hosten, Norbert; Puls, Ralf

    2014-01-01

    Objective To assess the therapeutic outcome after endovascular repair of iliac arterial lesions (IALs) using a self-expandable Nitinol stent graft system. Methods Between July 2006 and March 2013, 16 patients (13 males, mean age: 68 years) with a self-expandable Nitinol stent graft. A total of 19 lesions were treated: nine true aneurysms, two anastomotic aneurysms, two dissections, one arteriovenous fistula, two type 1B endoleaks after endovascular aneurysm repair, one pseudoaneurysm, and two perforations after angioplasty. Pre-, intra-, and postinterventional imaging studies and the medical records were analyzed for technical and clinical success and postinterventional complications. Results The primary technical and clinical success rate was 81.3% (13/16 patients) and 75.0% (12/16), respectively. Two patients had technical failure due to persistent type 1A endoleak and another patient due to acute stent graft thrombosis. One patient showed severe stent graft kinking on the first postinterventional day. In two patients, a second intervention was performed. The secondary technical and clinical success rate was 87.5% (14/16) and 93.8% (15/16). The minor complication rate was 6.3% (patient with painful hematoma at the access site). The major complication rate was 6.3% (patient with ipsilateral deep vein thrombosis). During median follow-up of 22.4 months, an infection of the aneurysm sac in one patient and a stent graft thrombosis in another patient were observed. Conclusion Endovascular repair of various IALs with a self-expandable Nitinol stent graft is safe and effective. PMID:25119346

  20. The development of an in vitro test method for predicting the abrasion resistance of textile and metal components of endovascular stent grafts.

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    Yao, Tong; Choules, Brian D; Rust, Jon P; King, Martin W

    2014-04-01

    Implantable endovascular stent grafts have become a frequent option for the treatment of abdominal and thoracic aneurysms. Given that such devices are permanent implants, the question of long-term biostability needs to be addressed. This article describes the development of an in vitro stent graft abrasion test method between the graft fabric and metal stent of an endovascular device. Three endpoints were established to determine the abrasion resistance between the fabric and stent surfaces after a predetermined number of abrasion cycles. During initial testing, two types of graft fabric materials, multifilament woven polyester fabric and monofilament woven polyester fabric, and two types of stent materials, laser cut nitinol stents and regular nitinol stent wire, were evaluated under dry and wet conditions. The results have shown that this test method is viable for testing the relative abrasion resistance of the components of endovascular stent grafts. The abrasion resistance of both fabrics was lower in a wet environment compared to being tested dry. Additionally, the multifilament polyester fabric had better abrasion resistance than the monofilament polyester fabric. The laser cut nitinol stent was more aggressive in creating holes and breaking yarns, while the regular nitinol stent wire caused a greater loss in fabric strength.

  1. Early Stent Graft Perforation after Endovascular Repair for Pseudoaneurysm That Was Associated with Clavicle Nonunion

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    Touma, Masanao; Ohno, Nobuhisa; Yoshikawa, Eiji; Yoshizawa, Kousuke; Fujiwara, Keiichi

    2015-01-01

    We report the case of a 62-year-old man who experienced a left axillary artery pseudoaneurysm that was secondary to nonunion of a 30-year-old left midshaft clavicle fracture. He initially underwent endovascular repair using a self-expanding nitinol stent graft, which was perforated at postoperative day 5. Therefore, we performed open repair with concomitant clavicle resection, and no complications were observed during an approximately 6-year follow-up. We recommend performing clavicle resection with vascular repair to prevent recurrence in similar cases. PMID:26421082

  2. Late type III endoleak from fabric tears of a zenith stent graft: report of a case.

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    Banno, Hiroshi; Morimae, Hirofumi; Ihara, Tsutomu; Kobayashi, Masayoshi; Yamamoto, Kiyohito; Komori, Kimihiro

    2012-12-01

    We report a case of late type III B endoleak from a fabric tear in the main body of a Zenith bifurcated stent-graft approximately 19 months after implantation. A follow-up computed tomography (CT) scan showed gradual growth in the size of the aneurysm, but no apparent endoleak was recognized. However, the CT scan had demonstrated a mosaic pattern in the aneurysm sac, which could indicate an endoleak from a fabric tear. The defect was repaired by implantation of body extensions, but the patient died 5 h after the procedure.

  3. A model of stress-induced geometrical remodeling of vessel segments adjacent to stents and artery/graft anastomoses.

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    Rachev, A; Manoach, E; Berry, J; Moore, J E

    2000-10-07

    The mismatch between the elastic properties and initial geometry of a host artery and an implanted stent or graft cause significant stress concentration at the zones close to junctions. This may contribute to the often observed intimal hyperplasia, resulting in late lumen loss and eventual restenosis. This study proposes a mathematical model for stress-induced thickening of the arterial wall at the zones close to an implanted stent or graft. The host artery was considered initially as a cylindrical shell with constant thickness that was clamped to the stent or graft, which was assumed to be non-deformable in the circumferential direction. It was assumed that the abnormal circumferential and axial stresses due to the bending of the arterial wall cause wall thickening that tends to restore the stress state close to that existing far from the junction. The linear equations of a cylindrical shell with variable thickness were coupled to an evolution equation for the wall thickness. These equations were solved numerically and a parametric study was performed using finite difference method and explicit time step. The results show that the remodeling process is self-limiting and leads to local thickening that gradually decreases with distance from the edge of the stent/graft. Model predictions were tested against morphological findings existing in the literature. Recommendations on stent designs that reduce stress concentrations are discussed. Copyright 2000 Academic Press.

  4. Long-term results after aortic root replacement using self-assembled valve composite grafts in patients with small aortic annulus

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    Urbanski, Paul P.; Dinstak, Witold; Rents, Wilko; Heinz, Nicolas; Diegeler, Anno

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES The study was aimed to evaluate operative and long-term results after complete root replacement using self-assembled valve composite grafts in patients with a small aortic annulus. METHODS Among 547 consecutive patients who received the Bentall procedure between 2000 and 2012, a total of 29 patients (61 ± 10; range 42–79 years) had an annulus of ≤20 mm (mean 19.0 ± 0.9). Patients with a native aortic valve (22) suffered from stenosis, insufficiency or mixed defect in 10, 10 and 2 cases, respectively. Among the remaining 7 patients with an artificial aortic valve, there were 3 symptomatic prosthesis–patient mismatches, 3 valve prosthesis deteriorations (1 structural and 2 none-structural) and 1 paravalvular leak. Indication for aortic root replacement was true or false aneurysm, porcelain aorta and intraoperative aortic wall injury in 17, 6 and 6 patients, respectively. RESULTS The composite graft for complete aortic root replacement was assembled using a mechanical (26) or biological (3) valve prosthesis placed inside a vascular graft with a median size of 24 (range 22–26) mm. The margin of the tube beneath the valve was anastomosed to the aortic annulus, and coronary ostia were implanted in the usual manner. The mean transvalvular gradient at discharge was 10.8 ± 3.9 mmHg and remained virtually unchanged at the follow-up completed for all patients. Early mortality was 0. During the mean follow-up of 95.8 ± 43.7 months, 2 patients died (54 and 146 months after surgery) due to pulmonary embolism and myocardial infarction, respectively. CONCLUSIONS In patients with a small aortic annulus who need complete aortic root replacement, an oversizing of the valve can be easily achieved using modified, self-assembled composite grafts. Offering excellent haemodynamic characteristics, these grafts lead to prevention of prosthesis–patient mismatch and result in very good and durable functional and clinical results. PMID:24179177

  5. Iliocaval Fistula Presenting with Paradoxical Pulmonary Embolism Combined with High-Output Heart Failure Successfully Treated by Endovascular Stent-Graft Repair: Case Report

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    Na, Soo Jin; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Park, Sun-Chul; Shin, Woo-Seung; Chun, Ho-Jong; Lee, Jong-Min

    2014-01-01

    A 51-yr-old man presented exertional dyspnea as a consequence of iliocaval fistula combined with paradoxical pulmonary embolism and high-output heart failure. Endovascular stent-graft repair was performed to cover iliocaval fistula and restore the heart function. After the procedure, dyspnea was improved and procedure related complication was not seen. A 6-month follow-up computed tomography showed regression of pulmonary thromboembolism and well-positioned stent-graft without graft migration, aortacaval communication or endoleak. Stent graft implantation should be considered an alternative of open repair surgery for treament of abdominal arteriovenous fisula, especially in patient with high risk for surgery. PMID:24550662

  6. Brief report: biomarkers of aortic vascular prosthetic graft infection in a porcine model with Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Langerhuus, S N; Tønnesen, E K; Jensen, K H; Damgaard, B M; Heegaard, P M H; Halekoh, U; Lauridsen, C

    2010-11-01

    Aortic vascular prosthetic graft infection (AVPGI) with Staphylococcus aureus is a feared post-operative complication. This study was conducted to evaluate the clinical signs and potential biomarkers of infection in a porcine AVPGI model. The biomarkers evaluated were: C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, white blood cells (WBC), major histocompatibility complex II (MHC II) density, lymphocyte CD4:CD8 ratio and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in vitro responsiveness. Sixteen pigs were included in the study, and randomly assigned into four groups (n = 4): "SHAM" pigs had their infra-renal aorta exposed by laparotomy; "CLEAN" pigs had an aortic graft inserted; "LOW" and "HIGH" pigs had an aortic graft inserted and, subsequently, S. aureus were inoculated on the graft material (5 × 10(4) colony-forming units [CFU] and 1 × 10(6) CFU, respectively). Biomarkers were evaluated prior to surgery and on day 2, 5, 7, and 14 post-operatively in blood samples. Of all biomarkers evaluated, CRP was superior for diagnosing S. aureus AVPGI in pigs, with a sensitivity of 0.86 and a specificity of 0.75.

  7. Late leakage from four-branch prosthetic graft after total aortic arch repair.

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    Hiraoka, Arudo; Chikazawa, Genta; Sakaguchi, Taichi; Yoshitaka, Hidenori

    2016-01-01

    We present two cases with late graft leakage of unknown aetiology after open total aortic arch repair (TAR). Case 1: a 73-year-old woman underwent TAR for arch aneurysm with 24-mm four-branch graft. She had a previous history of pacemaker implantation for sick sinus syndrome and warfarin therapy for atrial fibrillation. Follow-up computed tomography (CT) revealed increased low-density area around the graft 4 years after surgery and blood leakage was shown in delayed-phase CT. Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) was performed to cover the haematic leakage, and shrinkage of the lesion was achieved 1 month after TEVAR. Case 2: a 72-year-old man with diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia was admitted to our institute for treatment of aortic arch aneurysm. TAR was successfully performed; however, leakage from the prosthetic graft was noticed by expert radiologists in follow-up delayed-phase CT scan 6 years after surgery. The leakage was resolved 1 month after TEVAR. Although the cause of late leakage was not determined, the slowly expanding haematoma proved to be treatable by additional TEVAR. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  8. Renal flow studies after abdominal aortic aneurysmectomy and axillo-bifemoral bypass graft: case report

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    LaManna, M.M.; Yussen, P.S.

    1988-03-01

    Vascular disorders affecting the kidneys are either acquired or congenital. Included in this category are common multiplicity of renal arteries, the rare arteriovenous malformation, stresses due to fibromuscular disease or atherosclerosis including abdominal aortic aneurysms, arterial thrombosis, venous thrombosis, and infarction. In contrast to the group of cystic and neoplastic kidneys where scintigraphic or pathologic are not diagnostic, scintigraphic or pathologic anatomy in vascular disease is often diagnostic by nuclear medicine techniques. The authors present an interesting case of evaluation of acute renal failure in a patient abdominal aortic aneurysmectomy and axillo-bifemoral bypass graft.

  9. Minimally invasive video-assisted graft replacement of a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm.

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    Woo, Y Joseph; Childers, Henry

    2003-01-01

    Standard surgical therapy of descending thoracic aortic aneurysms entails obligate extensive operative exposure that is associated with significant postoperative pain and morbidity. A 70-year-old patient with multiple significant comorbidities including severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (force expiratory volume at 1 second, 0.66 L) presented with a highly symptomatic, eccentric, descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. The patient underwent successful minimally invasive video-assisted graft repair of this aneurysm. This report represents the first known clinical application of this operative approach.

  10. Surface grafting of blood compatible zwitterionic poly(ethylene glycol) on diamond-like carbon-coated stent.

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    Lee, Bong Soo; Shin, Hong-Sub; Park, Kwideok; Han, Dong Keun

    2011-03-01

    Blood compatibility is the most important aspect for blood-contacting medical devices including cardiovascular stents. In this study, the surface of nickel-titanium (TiNi) stent was coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC) and then subsequently grafted by using zwitterion (N(+) and SO(3) (-))-linked poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). We hypothesize that this coupling of zwitterion and PEG may significantly improve blood compatibility of DLC-coated TiNi stent. The surface modified TiNi stents, including PEG-grafted stent (DLC-PEG) and zwitterionic PEG-grafted one (DLC-PEG-N-S) were the main focus on the tests of surface characteristics and blood compatibility. The zwitterionic PEG derivatives were obtained from a series of chemical reactions at room temperature. The results exhibited that as compared to the DLC-PEG, the hydrophilicity was much better with DLC-PEG-N-S and significantly increased atomic percentage of oxygen and nitrogen proved the entity of zwitterions on the surface of DLC-PEG-N-S. Meanwhile, the adsorption of blood proteins such as, human serum albumin (HSA) and fibrinogen was found considerably down-regulated in DLC-PEG-N-S, due mainly to the protein-repellent effect of PEG and zwitterion. Microscopic observation also revealed that as compared with the other substrates without zwitterion, the degree of platelet adhesion was the lowest with DLC-PEG-N-S. In addition, DLC-PEG-N-S retained an extended blood coagulation time as measured by activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT). The present results suggested that surface grafting of zwitterionic PEG derivatives could substantially enhance the blood compatibility of TiNi-DLC stent. In conclusion, anti-fouling properties of PEG and zwitterions are expected to be very useful in advancing overall stent performance.

  11. Reversal of end-stage renal disease after aortic dissection using renal artery stent: a case report

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    Weiss, Andrew S; Ludkowski, Michael; Parikh, Chirag R

    2004-01-01

    Background Medical management is the conventional treatment for Stanford Type B aortic dissections as surgery is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The advent of endovascular interventional techniques has revived interest in treating end-organ complications of Type B aortic dissection. We describe a patient who benefited from endovascular repair of renal artery stenosis caused by a dissection flap, which resulted in reversal of his end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Case presentation A 69 y/o male with a Type B aortic dissection diagnosed two months earlier was found to have a serum creatinine of 15.2 mg/dL (1343.7 μmol/L) on routine visit to his primary care physician. An MRA demonstrated a rightward spiraling aortic dissection flap involving the origins of the celiac artery, superior mesenteric artery, and both renal arteries. The right renal artery arose from the false lumen with lack of blood flow to the right kidney. The left renal artery arose from the true lumen, but an intimal dissection flap appeared to be causing an intermittent stenosis of the left renal artery with compromised blood flow to the left kidney. Endovascular reconstruction with of the left renal artery with stent placement was performed. Hemodialysis was successfully discontinued six weeks after stent placement. Conclusion Percutaneous intervention provides a promising alternative for patients with Type B aortic dissections when medical treatment will not improve the likelihood of meaningful recovery and surgery entails too great a risk. Nephrologists should therefore be aggressive in the workup of ischemic renal failure associated with aortic dissection as percutaneous intervention may reverse the effects of renal failure in this population. PMID:15125782

  12. Direct numerical simulation of a 2D-stented aortic heart valve at physiological flow rates.

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    Dimakopoulos, Y; Bogaerds, A C B; Anderson, P D; Hulsen, M A; Baaijens, F P T

    2012-01-01

    We study the nonlinear interaction of an aortic heart valve, composed of hyperelastic corrugated leaflets of finite density attached to a stented vessel under physiological flow conditions. In our numerical simulations, we use a 2D idealised representation of this arrangement. Blood flow is caused by a time-varying pressure gradient that mimics that of the aortic valve and corresponds to a peak Reynolds number equal to 4050. Here, we fully account for the shear-thinning behaviour of the blood and large deformations and contact between the leaflets by solving the momentum and mass balances for blood and leaflets. The mixed finite element/Galerkin method along with linear discontinuous Lagrange multipliers for coupling the fluid and elastic domains is adopted. Moreover, a series of challenging numerical issues such as the finite length of the computational domain and the conditions that should be imposed on its inflow/outflow boundaries, the accurate time integration of the parabolic and hyperbolic momentum equations, the contact between the leaflets and the non-conforming mesh refinement in part of the domain are successfully resolved. Calculations for the velocity and the shear stress fields of the blood reveal that boundary layers appear on both sides of a leaflet. The one along the ventricular side transfers blood with high momentum from the core region of the vessel to the annulus or the sinusoidal expansion, causing the continuous development of flow instabilities. At peak systole, vortices are convected in the flow direction along the annulus of the vessel, whereas during the closure stage of the valve, an extremely large vortex develops in each half of the flow domain.

  13. Extra-anatomic autologous reconstruction with hepatic-iliac artery bypass graft for aortic endograft infection.

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    Buora, Adelaide; Floriani, Marco; Gabrielli, Livio

    2015-01-01

    We present a new intra-abdominal extra-anatomic bypass graft for a 64-year-old man treated with an abdominal aortic endograft and with signs of endograft infection. We performed surgical removal of the endograft and intra-abdominal extra-anatomic reconstruction of a hepatic-to-right external iliac artery bypass with autologous superficial femoral vein and a crossover graft between the right and left external iliac artery with the great saphenous vein. The later occlusion of the saphenous vein graft led us to perform a femoral-femoral prosthetic crossover. At 42 months from the intervention, the patient was in good health, and duplex scanning confirmed the patency of all grafts. Copyright © 2015 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Preclinical testing for aortic endovascular grafts: results of a Food and Drug Administration workshop.

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    Abel, Dorothy B; Beebe, Hugh G; Dedashtian, Mark M; Morton, Michael C; Moynahan, Megan; Smith, Loius J; Weinberg, Steven L

    2002-05-01

    Since their introduction into clinical trials in the United States, endovascular aortic grafts have shown various types of problems. Although details of design and construction vary between different endovascular grafts and failure modes have had a variety of causes and clinical effects, the inability of preclinical testing to predict these failures remains common to all endovascular grafts. The need to improve preclinical testing in an attempt to reduce clinical device failures resulted in a Food and Drug Administration-sponsored workshop on endovascular graft preclinical testing held in Rockville, Md, from July 31 to August 1, 2001. FORMAT: The workshop was not designed as a consensus conference. Instead, it provided a forum for bringing stakeholders together to define problems and identify areas of agreement and disagreement. The workshop had 34 invited participants who represented device manufacturers, the medical community, the Food and Drug Administration, and testing facilities, and international attendance was more than 120 people. Discussion centered on: 1, defining the physiologic, anatomic, and morphologic characteristics of abdominal aortic aneurysms before and after endovascular graft treatment; 2, identifying the types of failures that have been observed clinically; and 3, determining which characteristics should be considered during preclinical modeling to better predict clinical performance. Attendees agreed to the need to better define and address anatomic characteristics and changes in the aneurysm after endograft treatment to optimize preclinical testing. Much discussion and little agreement occurred on the importance of flow-related forces on graft performance or the need or ability to define and model physiologic compliance during durability testing. The discussion and conclusions are summarized in this paper and are provided in detail at: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/meetings/073101workshop.html. The workshop raised awareness of significant

  15. Current status of endoluminal grafting for exclusion of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The beauty and the beast.

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    Diethrich, E B

    1998-01-01

    The exclusion of abdominal aortic aneurysms with endoluminal grafts has generated a great deal of interest since the early 1990s, and many centers are currently evaluating the procedure and comparing it to classic surgical exclusion. Although endoluminal grafting procedures show promise, development and clinical testing of devices is a time-consuming process that is influenced greatly by the regulatory climate in the country where the clinical trials take place. Nevertheless, a number of devices are currently under study, and the advantages of 2nd- and 3rd-generation technology are reflected in reduced rates of complications such as endoleaks and thrombosis. Further study will be required to perfect these devices and observe their long-term success in the exclusion of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Images PMID:9566057

  16. In vivo geometry of the kissing stent and covered endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation configurations in aortoiliac occlusive disease.

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    Groot Jebbink, Erik; Ter Mors, Thijs G; Slump, Cornelis H; Geelkerken, Robert H; Holewijn, Suzanne; Reijnen, Michel Mpj

    2017-01-01

    Objectives Various configurations of kissing stent (KS) configurations exist and patency rates vary. In response the covered endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation configuration was designed to minimize mismatch and improve outcome. The aim of the current study is to compare geometrical mismatch of kissing stent with the covered endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation configuration in vivo. Methods Post-operative computed tomographic data and patient demographics from 11 covered endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation and 11 matched kissing stent patients were included. A free hand region of interest and ellipse fitting method were applied to determine mismatch areas and volumes. Conformation of the stents to the vessel wall was expressed using the D-ratio. Results Patients were mostly treated for Rutherford category 2 and 3 (64%) with a lesion classification of TASC C and D in 82%. Radial mismatch area and volume for the covered endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation group was significantly lower compared to the kissing stent configuration ( P < 0.05). The D-ratio did not significantly differ between groups. Measurements were performed with good intra-class correlation. There were no significant differences in the post-procedural aortoiliac anatomy. Conclusions The present study shows that radial mismatch exists in vivo and that large differences in mismatch exist, in favour of the covered endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation configuration. Future research should determine if the decreased radial mismatch results in improved local flow profiles and subsequent clinical outcome.

  17. Treatment of symptomatic coral reef aorta with an uncovered stent graft.

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    Bosanquet, D C; Wood, A; Williams, I M

    2015-10-01

    Coral reef aorta is a rare condition characterised by extreme calcific growths affecting the juxta and suprarenal aorta. It can cause symptoms due to visceral ischaemia, lower limb hypoperfusion, and distal embolisation. We present a case of a 61-year-old man with unresponsive hypertension, who was found to have an occluded right renal artery, and an extensive coral reef aorta with a marked pressure gradient across the lesion. Renal hypoperfusion secondary to aortic coral reef aorta was thought to be the cause for his hypertension. Endovascular placement of a balloon expandable uncovered stent resolved his hypertension within one month, with no adverse effects noted at subsequent follow-up. Endovascular treatment of coral reef aorta is technically possible and avoids a major vascular procedure.

  18. Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach for Prosthetic Vascular Graft Infection in the Thoracic Aortic Area

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    Watanabe, Yoshinori

    2015-01-01

    Prosthetic vascular graft infection in the thoracic aortic area is a rare but serious complication. Adequate management of the complication is essential to increase the chance of success of open surgery. While surgical site infection is suggested as the root cause of the complication, it is also related to decreased host tolerance, especially as found in elderly patients. The handling of prosthetic vascular graft infection has been widely discussed to date. This paper mainly provides a summary of literature reports published within the past 5 years to discuss issues related to multidisciplinary treatment approaches, including surgical site infection, timing of onset, diagnostic methods, causative pathogens, auxiliary diagnostic methods, antibiotic treatment, anti-infective structures of vascular prostheses, surgical treatment, treatment strategy against infectious aortic aneurysms, future surgical treatment, postoperative systemic therapy, and antimicrobial stewardship. A thorough understanding of these issues will enable us to prevent prosthetic vascular graft infection in the thoracic aortic area as far as possible. In the event of its occurrence, the early introduction of appropriate treatment is expected to cure the disease without worsening of the underlying pathological condition. PMID:26356686

  19. Impending rupture of saphenous vein graft aneurysm with floating fractured bare metal stent treated by coil embolization and covered stent implantation.

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    Kodama, Atsuko; Kurita, Tairo; Kato, Osamu; Suzuki, Takahiko

    2016-11-01

    Aneurysmal degeneration of a saphenous vein graft (SVG) is a rare, but potentially fatal complication of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. In this case report, a patient that had undergone prior CABG surgery and bare metal stent (BMS) implantation at the site of a stenotic SVG lesion presented at our hospital with chest pain, and an SVG aneurysm was detected at the previous BMS implantation site. In addition, the implanted BMS was fractured and floating in the SVG aneurysm. The SVG aneurysm was successfully occluded by percutaneous intervention, using a combination of distal covered stent deployment at the site of the anastomosis between the native coronary artery and the SVG and proximal coil embolization of the aneurysm.

  20. Superior Mesenteric Artery Pseudoaneurysm Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Management by Endovascular Stent-Graft Placement and Transluminal Thrombin Injection

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    Wallace, Michael J. Choi, Eugene; McRae, Stephen; Madoff, David C.; Ahrar, Kamran; Pisters, Peter

    2007-06-15

    Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) pseudoaneurysm formation is a rare and potentially fatal postoperative complication. Herein we present a case of a large post-pancreaticoduodenectomy SMA pseudoaneurysm that required thrombin injection after initial stent-graft deployment to accomplish complete pseudoaneurysm occlusion.

  1. Combined Endovascular Repair of a Celiac Trunk Aneurysm Using Celiac-Splenic Stent Graft and Hepatic Artery Embolization

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    Carrafiello, Giampaolo; Rivolta, Nicola; Fontana, Federico; Piffaretti, Gabriele; Mariscalco, Giovanni; Bracchi, Elena; Ferrario, Massimo

    2010-04-15

    Celiac trunk aneurysms are rare and usually asymptomatic lesions. However, treatment is generally warranted to avoid catastrophic rupture. We report a case of a 70-year-old man who sought care for a celiac trunk aneurysm close to the hepatosplenic bifurcation managed endovascularly by using a combined treatment of celiac-splenic stent-graft implantation and hepatic artery embolization.

  2. Immediate and Long-Term Results of Drug-Eluting Stents in Mammary Artery Grafts.

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    Lozano, Iñigo; Serrador, Ana; Lopez-Palop, Ramon; Lasa, Garikoitz; Moreu, Jose; Pinar, Eduardo; de Prado, Armando Perez; Alfonso, Fernando; Jimenez Navarro, Manuel; Quero, Monica Fernandez; Pineda, Javier; Martin Moreiras, Javier; Garcia San Roman, Koldobika; Lopez Minguez, Jose R; Suarez Cuervo, Alfonso; Gutierrez, Antonio; Hernandez, Felipe; Baz, Jose A; Benedicto, Amparo; Rumoroso, Jose R; Gomez-Hospital, Joan A; Serra, Vicens; de la Torre, Jose M; Ruiz-Quevedo, Valeriano; Botas, Javier; Fernandez, Jose A; Sanchez-Recalde, Angel

    2015-12-01

    Percutaneous intervention of a coronary graft is the treatment of choice when the graft fails. The objective is to report the long-term results of drug-eluting stents (DES) in mammary artery grafts (MAG). Patients who had been treated with DES for MAG in 27 centers were selected. The baseline and procedural clinical data were included prospectively, and the follow-up was performed with the patients, families, and medical records. Two hundred and sixty-eight patients were included: age 65.5 ± 10.1 years, diabetes 47.8%, ejection fraction 55.5 ± 14.9%. stable angina 28.4%, unstable angina 38.1%, non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction 21.6%, ST-elevation myocardial infarction 5.3%, and heart failure 6.7%; 1.19 ± 0.59 stents/patient were implanted measuring 18.8 ± 8.8 mm in length and 2.68 ± 0.35 mm in diameter. Rapamycin was used in 78 cases (29.1%), paclitaxel in 77 (28.7%), everolimus in 70 (26.1%), zotarolimus in 34 (12.7%), and biolimus in 9 (3.4%). All cases were successful except for 1 in which the patient died 30 minutes after the procedure. There were no other inhospital events. After a follow-up of 41 months (Q25: 23.7 to Q75: 57.8), 24 patients (9%) died of heart-related causes and 20 (7.5%) of noncardiac causes. Repeat revascularization was necessary in 31 cases, and in 1 additional patient, there was total occlusion, which was not treated. These 32 patients represented 11.9% of the total. In conclusion, the implantation of DES in MAG shows very high procedural success and also low long-term event rates. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Embolic capture with updated intra-aortic filter during coronary artery bypass grafting and transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation: first-in-human experience.

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    Ye, Jian; Webb, John G

    2014-12-01

    We report our first-in-human clinical experience in the use of the new version of the EMBOL-X intra-aortic filter (Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Irvine, Calif) to capture embolic material during transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation and cardiac surgery. Five patients were enrolled into the first-in-human clinical assessment of the new version of the EMBOL-X intra-aortic filter. Three patients underwent coronary artery bypass grafting, and 2 patients underwent transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation. During coronary artery bypass grafting, the filter was deployed before clamping of the aorta and removal of the aortic clamp. In contrast, the filter was deployed before aortic puncture for transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation and kept in the aorta throughout the entire procedure. The filter introducer sheath and filter were easily placed and removed without difficulty. There were no complications related to the use of the filter. Postoperative examination of the retrieved filters revealed the presence of multiple microemboli in the filters from all 5 cases. Histologic study revealed various kinds of tissue and thrombus. This first-in-human clinical experience has demonstrated the safety and feasibility of using the new version of the EMBOL-X intra-aortic filter during either cardiac surgery or transaortic transcatheter aortic valve implantation. We believe that the combination of the transaortic approach without aortic arch manipulation and the use of the EMBOL-X filter with a high capture rate is a promising strategy to reduce the incidence of embolic complications during transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting versus stenting for patients with proximal left anterior descending coronary artery disease.

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    Shirai, Kazuyuki; Lansky, Alexandra J; Mehran, Roxana; Dangas, George D; Costantini, Costantino O; Fahy, Martin; Slack, Steven; Mintz, Gary S; Stone, Gregg W; Leon, Martin B

    2004-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of stenting and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MIDCAB) in patients with proximal left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery disease. The Patency, Outcome, Economics of Minimally invasive direct coronary bypass (POEM) study demonstrated that MIDCAB had similar safety and long-term efficacy for LAD revascularization compared with conventional coronary artery bypass grafting. Although LAD stenting is superior to conventional balloon angioplasty, whether it is comparable to MIDCAB is not known. We identified a matched population of 429 consecutive patients with 1-vessel disease who underwent elective proximal LAD stenting and compared their clinical outcomes with those of the 152 patients in the MIDCAB group of the POEM study. The in-hospital event rate was similar in both groups, except for a shorter length of hospital stay with LAD stenting compared with MIDCAB (2.68 vs 4.07 days, p <0.0001). At 6-month follow-up, the incidence of death and Q-wave myocardial infarction or that of cerebrovascular accident was not significantly different between these 2 groups. However, target vessel revascularization was significantly higher with LAD stenting than MIDCAB (13.3% vs 6.6%, p = 0.045). In the subgroup of patients without diabetes, all clinical events were similar in both groups, and the benefit of a shorter hospital stay associated with stenting was maintained. Compared with MIDCAB, LAD stenting is associated with higher repeat revascularization rates but offers the advantage of shorter hospitalization. For nondiabetics with proximal LAD disease, stenting may be the revascularization strategy of choice.

  5. Endovascular treatment of distal thoracic aortic transection associated with severe thoracolumbar spinal fracture.

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    Chock, Megan M; Aho, Johnathon; Naik, Nimesh; Clarke, Michelle; Heller, Stephanie; Oderich, Gustavo S

    2015-10-01

    Endovascular repair has become the first line of treatment in most patients with blunt aortic injury. The most common mechanism is deceleration injury affecting the aortic isthmus distal to the origin of the left subclavian artery. Injuries of the distal thoracic aorta are uncommon. We report the case of a 25-year-old male patient who presented with paraplegia and distal thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm associated with severe thoracolumbar vertebral fracture and displacement after a motocross accident. Endovascular repair was performed using total percutaneous technique and conformable C-TAG thoracic stent-graft (WL Gore, Flagstaff, AZ). Following stent-graft placement and angiographic confirmation of absence of endoleak, thoracolumbar spinal fixation was performed in the same operative procedure. This case illustrates a multispecialty approach to complex aortic and vertebral injury and the high conformability of newer thoracic stent-grafts to adapt to tortuous anatomy. © The Author(s) 2014.

  6. Intravascular US-guided direct intrahepatic portocaval shunt with an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stent-graft.

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    Hoppe, Hanno; Wang, Stephen L; Petersen, Bryan D

    2008-01-01

    To retrospectively evaluate the midterm patency rate of the nitinol (Viatorr, W.L. Gore and Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz) stent-graft for direct intrahepatic portacaval shunt (DIPS) creation. Institutional Review Board approval for this retrospective HIPAA-compliant study was obtained with waiver of informed consent. DIPS was created in 18 men and one woman (median age, 54 years; range, 45-65 years) by using nitinol polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered stent-grafts. The primary indications were intractable ascites (n = 14), acute variceal bleeding (n = 3), and hydrothorax (n = 2). Follow-up included Doppler ultrasonography at 1, 6, and 12 months and venography with manometry at 6-month intervals after the procedure. Shunt patency and cumulative survival were evaluated by using the Kaplan-Meier method and survival curves were plotted. Differences in mean portosystemic gradients (PSGs) were evaluated by using the Student t test. Multiple regression analysis for survival and DIPS patency were performed for the following parameters: Child-Pugh class, model of end-stage liver disease score, pre- and post-DIPS PSGs, pre-DIPS liver function tests, and pre-DIPS creatinine levels. DIPS creation was successful in all patients. Effective portal decompression and free antegrade shunt flow was achieved in all patients. Intraperitoneal bleeding occurred in one patient during the procedure and was controlled during the same procedure by placing a second nitinol stent-graft. The primary patency rate was 100% at all times during the follow-up period (range, 2 days to 30 months; mean, 256 days; median, 160 days). Flow restrictors were deployed in two (11%) of 19 patients. The 1-year mortality rate was 37% (seven of 19). Patency after DIPS creation with the nitinol PTFE-covered stent-graft was superior to that after TIPS with the nitinol stent-graft. RSNA, 2008

  7. Trifurcated graft replacement of the aortic arch: state of the art.

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    Tang, Gilbert H L; Kai, Masashi; Malekan, Ramin; Lansman, Steven L; Spielvogel, David

    2015-02-01

    To review the contemporary practice in total arch replacement (TAR) by using the trifurcated graft technique. The evolution of the trifurcated graft technique in total arch replacement is described. Axillary artery perfusion with antegrade cerebral perfusion (ACP) is routinely performed, with systemic deep hypothermia based on the anticipated interval of lower body ischemia. Cerebral oxygen saturation is monitored and bilateral ACP (BACP) is performed if the adequacy of collateral circulation is questioned. Potential advantages and disadvantages of unilateral ACP (UACP) vs BACP are discussed. The advantage of the trifurcated graft technique in TAR is that it facilitates the creation of an "elephant trunk" in the proximal arch, making the operation technically easier and avoiding the risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury. The technique is also versatile in a variety of aortic arch anatomies and pathologies, while enabling continuous ACP without hypothermic circulatory arrest for cerebral protection. UACP during TAR is acceptable for shorter intervals (<30-40 minutes) if combined with moderate hypothermia. BACP should be considered for prolonged ACP interval or if left cerebral oxygenation is inadequate during UACP. The trifurcated graft technique is a versatile method in TAR that can be applied to a diverse range of aortic anatomies, pathologies and hybrid arch procedures, with concomitant or staged endovascular options. UACP or BACP and lower body ischemia can be performed without adding significant complexity to the procedure, while conferring maximal cerebral, spinal, and lower body protection. Copyright © 2015 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Endovascular treatment for traumatic thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm: a case report

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    2013-01-01

    Cases of an endovascular treatment for traumatic aortic injury are extremely rare. A prompt diagnosis of traumatic thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm through a 3-dimensional computed tomographic angiography of aorta and emergency repair are mandatory to rescue the life-threatening condition. An endovascular treatment is a trend for traumatic aortic injury because of lower invasivity, morbidity and mortality. We reported a rare case of traumatic aortic injury with thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm definitively diagnosed by the reconstructional computed tomographic angiography of aorta and successfully treated with endovascular stent-graft. PMID:23452982

  9. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Internal Iliac Artery Branched Endovascular Stent Grafts.

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    Naji, Faysal; Srivatsav, Varun; Qadura, Mohammed; Harlock, John; Andrinopoulos, Tara; Iyer, Vikram; Rapanos, Theodore

    2017-07-06

    The aim of this study is to describe our institutional experience using iliac branch grafts (IBGs) in aortoiliac aneurysm repair. From October 2009 to April 2016, 41 consecutive patients (all men), mean age 71.7 years (range 55-87), underwent IBG implantation. Abdominal aortic aneurysm with common iliac artery involvement (n = 21) or bilateral common iliac artery aneurysms (n = 20) were indications. Computed tomography was used to evaluate patency and postoperative endoleaks within 1 month of implantation and after 1 year. A total of 42 IBGs were deployed in 41 patients successfully. One hundred percent of grafts implanted were patent at 1 month and at annual follow-up. There was 1 mortality at 30 days, due to acute renal failure. Sixteen type II and 1 type Ib endoleaks were found, for which 3 reinterventions were performed and the remainder treated conservatively. Five patients had complications which required reintervention. IBG placement has excellent short-term outcomes and potential to limit buttock claudication in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms involving the iliac arteries. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Anatomic study of juxta renal aneurysms: impact on fenestrated stent-grafts.

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    Azzaoui, Richard; Sobocinski, Jonathan; Maurel, Blandine; D'Elia, Piervito; Perrot, Céline; Bianchini, Aurélia; Guillou, Matthieu; Haulon, Stéphan

    2011-04-01

    Fenestrated stent-grafts allow for treatment of patients with juxtarenal aneurysms (JRA) when they present with contraindications for conventional treatment. The fenestrated module is a custom-made module, specially designed to fit a specific patient, using computed tomographic scan measurements, which entails manufacturing delay and high cost. The aim of our study was to evaluate the possibility to reproduce the interrenal aorta anatomy to design a standard fenestrated module that would fit the maximum number of patients with JRA. On a three-dimensional working station, we analyzed 289 preoperative computed tomographic scan results of patients with JRA and who were treated with fenestrated stent-grafts comprising two fenestrations for the renal arteries and a scallop for the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). On curvilinear reconstructions, we successively measured the interrenal aorta diameter, its orientation, as well as the height of each renal ostium, taking the ostium center of the SMA as a reference mark. Later, a statistical analysis of these measures distribution was performed so as to design a fenestrated module that would fit the maximum number of patients. The center of the left renal artery presented with a median orientation of 82.5° (range, 37.5-150) and a median distance of 9 mm (range, 0-30), in relation to the SMA ostium. The ostium center of the right renal artery presented with a median orientation of 285° (range, 240-337.5) and a median distance of 8 mm (range, 3-30), in relation to the SMA ostium. By positioning the current renal fenestrations (6-mm wide), on the basis of the calculated median positions, in our series, only 20% of the patients could be treated with a standard fenestrated module. Should the diameter of these fenestrations be increased by 10 mm, it would then be possible to treat 50% of our patients. The anatomy of the interrenal aorta and its branches is quite reproducible to design standard fenestrated stent-grafts that could

  11. First Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Aortic Stenting and Cava Filter Placement Using a Polyetheretherketone-Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Compatible Guidewire in Swine: Proof of Concept

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    Kos, Sebastian; Huegli, Rolf; Hofmann, Eugen; Quick, Harald H.; Kuehl, Hilmar; Aker, Stephanie; Kaiser, Gernot M.; Borm, Paul J. A.; Jacob, Augustinus L.; Bilecen, Deniz

    2009-05-15

    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate feasibility of percutaneous transluminal aortic stenting and cava filter placement under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance exclusively using a polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-based MRI-compatible guidewire. Percutaneous transluminal aortic stenting and cava filter placement were performed in 3 domestic swine. Procedures were performed under MRI-guidance in an open-bore 1.5-T scanner. The applied 0.035-inch guidewire has a PEEK core reinforced by fibres, floppy tip, hydrophilic coating, and paramagnetic markings for passive visualization. Through an 11F sheath, the guidewire was advanced into the abdominal (swine 1) or thoracic aorta (swine 2), and the stents were deployed. The guidewire was advanced into the inferior vena cava (swine 3), and the cava filter was deployed. Postmortem autopsy was performed. Procedural success, guidewire visibility, pushability, and stent support were qualitatively assessed by consensus. Procedure times were documented. Guidewire guidance into the abdominal and thoracic aortas and the inferior vena cava was successful. Stent deployments were successful in the abdominal (swine 1) and thoracic (swine 2) segments of the descending aorta. Cava filter positioning and deployment was successful. Autopsy documented good stent and filter positioning. Guidewire visibility through applied markers was rated acceptable for aortic stenting and good for venous filter placement. Steerability, pushability, and device support were good. The PEEK-based guidewire allows either percutaneous MRI-guided aortic stenting in the thoracic and abdominal segments of the descending aorta and filter placement in the inferior vena cava with acceptable to good device visibility and offers good steerability, pushability, and device support.

  12. First magnetic resonance imaging-guided aortic stenting and cava filter placement using a polyetheretherketone-based magnetic resonance imaging-compatible guidewire in swine: proof of concept.

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    Kos, Sebastian; Huegli, Rolf; Hofmann, Eugen; Quick, Harald H; Kuehl, Hilmar; Aker, Stephanie; Kaiser, Gernot M; Borm, Paul J A; Jacob, Augustinus L; Bilecen, Deniz

    2009-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate feasibility of percutaneous transluminal aortic stenting and cava filter placement under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance exclusively using a polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-based MRI-compatible guidewire. Percutaneous transluminal aortic stenting and cava filter placement were performed in 3 domestic swine. Procedures were performed under MRI-guidance in an open-bore 1.5-T scanner. The applied 0.035-inch guidewire has a PEEK core reinforced by fibres, floppy tip, hydrophilic coating, and paramagnetic markings for passive visualization. Through an 11F sheath, the guidewire was advanced into the abdominal (swine 1) or thoracic aorta (swine 2), and the stents were deployed. The guidewire was advanced into the inferior vena cava (swine 3), and the cava filter was deployed. Postmortem autopsy was performed. Procedural success, guidewire visibility, pushability, and stent support were qualitatively assessed by consensus. Procedure times were documented. Guidewire guidance into the abdominal and thoracic aortas and the inferior vena cava was successful. Stent deployments were successful in the abdominal (swine 1) and thoracic (swine 2) segments of the descending aorta. Cava filter positioning and deployment was successful. Autopsy documented good stent and filter positioning. Guidewire visibility through applied markers was rated acceptable for aortic stenting and good for venous filter placement. Steerability, pushability, and device support were good. The PEEK-based guidewire allows either percutaneous MRI-guided aortic stenting in the thoracic and abdominal segments of the descending aorta and filter placement in the inferior vena cava with acceptable to good device visibility and offers good steerability, pushability, and device support.

  13. Femorofemoral grafts for lower limb ischemia caused by intra-aortic balloon pump.

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    Friedell, M L; Alpert, J; Parsonnet, V; Brief, D K; Brener, B J; Goldenkranz, R J; Nozick, J

    1987-01-01

    From January 1975 to December 1985, 1454 patients had an intra-aortic balloon inserted for cardiac assistance. Eighty balloon-dependent patients had severe limb ischemia and required a femorofemoral graft (FFG) (5% of the total group of patients). Twenty-nine of the 80 patients with grafts (or 36%) left the hospital and 28 were followed up for an average of 40 months to determine late complications associated with the crossover grafts. All grafts remained patent. The 28 patients were classified into five groups according to the degree and type of lower limb ischemia. Group I consisted of 13 asymptomatic patients (46%); group II had four (14%) patients with mild claudication caused by preexisting peripheral arteriosclerosis; group III comprised four patients (14%) without preexisting disease but claudication subsequent to the FFG; group IV had five patients with irreversible ischemic sequelae before grafting ending in amputation, foot drop, or persistent paresthesia; and group V consisted of two patients with graft infection (7%). The perioperative mortality rate of the balloon-dependent patients with an FFG (64%) reflects the gravity of the cardiac condition. Placement of an FFG to relieve limb ischemia in these patients is followed by few immediate or late complications in the survivors and any persistent limb changes were related to the prolonged ischemia present before revascularization. Our data suggest that in balloon-dependent patients with limb-threatening ischemia, aggressive use of the FFG is limb-saving, durable, and allows continuation of balloon support.

  14. Aortic valve replacement and concomitant right coronary artery bypass grafting performed via a right minithoracotomy approach.

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    Mihos, Christos G; Santana, Orlando; Pineda, Andres M; La Pietra, Angelo; Lamelas, Joseph

    2014-01-01

    We present our experience of concomitant right coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and aortic valve replacement performed via a right minithoracotomy in patients with coronary lesions not amenable to percutaneous intervention. A total of 17 patients underwent concomitant aortic valve replacement and right CABG between April 2008 and July 2013. A 5- to 6-cm minithoracotomy incision was made over the right second or third intercostal space, and the costochondral cartilage was transected. A saphenous vein bypass to the right coronary artery was then performed, initiating the anastomosis from the toe of the graft. Subsequently, the aortic valve was replaced using standard techniques. There were 6 men and 11 women. The median European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation II score mortality risk was 5% [interquartile range (IQR), 2%-8%]. The mean (SD) age was 77 (10) years, the left ventricular ejection fraction was 59% (8%), and the New York Heart Association functional class was 2.4 (0.8). One patient had a history of CABG. The mean (SD) cardiopulmonary bypass time was 168 (57) minutes, and the aortic cross-clamp time was 133 (36) minutes. Three patients underwent concomitant mitral valve surgery (replacement, 2; repair, 1). The median intensive care unit and hospital lengths of stay were 47 hours (IQR, 24-90) and 9 days (IQR, 5-13), respectively. There was one reoperation for bleeding, and there was one postoperative stroke. All patients were alive at a mean (SD) follow-up of 2 (1.1) years. Aortic valve replacement with concomitant CABG performed via a right minithoracotomy approach is feasible.

  15. Self-Expandable Stent for Repairing Coarctation of the Left-Circumferential Aortic Arch with Right-sided Descending Aorta and Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery with Kommerell's Aneurysm.

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    Khajali, Zahra; Sanati, Hamid Reza; Pouraliakbar, Hamidreza; Mohebbi, Bahram; Aeinfar, Kamran; Zolfaghari, Reza

    2017-01-01

    Endovascular treatment offers a great advantage in the management of main arteries stenoses. However, simultaneous presence of a group of anomalies may complicate the situation. Here we present a case of 21-year-old man with aortic coarctation. Radiographic imaging and angiography demonstrated aortic coarctation of the left-circumferential aortic arch, right-sided descending aorta, and Kommerell's diverticulum at the origin of right subclavian artery. These anomalies have rarely been reported to concurrently exist in the same case and the treatment is challenging. Percutaneous treatment for repair of aortic coarctation was successfully performed with deployment of self-expanding nitinol stents. Follow-up demonstrated the correction of blood pressure and improvement of the symptoms. It appears that deployment of self-expandable nitinol stents present a viable option for the management of coarcted aorta in patients having all or some of these anomalies together.

  16. Bronchobiliary Fistula Treated by Self-expanding ePTFE-Covered Nitinol Stent-Graft

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    Gandini, Roberto; Konda, Daniel Tisone, Giuseppe; Pipitone, Vincenzo; Anselmo, Alessandro; Simonetti, Giovanni

    2005-12-15

    A 71-year-old man, who had undergone right hepatectomy extended to the caudate lobe with terminolateral Roux-en-Y left hepatojejunostomy for a Klatskin tumor, developed bilioptysis 3 weeks postoperatively due to bronchobiliary fistula. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography revealed a non-dilated biliary system with contrast medium extravasation to the right subphrenic space through a resected anomalous right posterior segmental duct. After initial unsuccessful internal-external biliary drainage, the fistula was sealed with a VIATORR covered self-expanding nitinol stent-graft placed with its distal uncovered region in the hepatojejunal anastomosis and the proximal ePTFE-lined region in the left hepatic duct. A 10-month follow-up revealed no recurrence of bilioptysis and confirmed the complete exclusion of the bronchobiliary fistula.

  17. Successful Covering of a Hepatic Artery Aneurysm with a Coronary Stent Graft

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    Sakai, Hidetsugu; Urasawa, Kazushi; Oyama, Naotsugu; Kitabatake, Akira

    2004-09-15

    In a 54-year-old woman with liver cirrhosis who underwent orthotopic liver transplantation, the postoperative course was complicated by aneurysm formation in the hepatic artery. Abdominal ultrasonography showed a daily increase in the size of the aneurysm in spite of careful management including strict rest and continuous intravenous infusion of antihypertensive agents. Since the patient's poor systemic status was a major obstruction to operative resection, transcatheter therapy was thought more preferable. We evaluated the lesion with intravascular ultrasonography as an adjunct to angiography and a dissection with a flap was well visualized. The aneurysm was covered with a commercially available stent-graft, designed for treatment of the coronary artery. This is a rare case in which a Jostent was implanted into the hepatic artery after liver transplantation.

  18. Are TIPS Stent-Grafts a Contraindication for Future Liver Transplantation?

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    Maleux, Geert; Pirenne, Jacques; Vaninbroukx, Johan; Aerts, Raymond; Nevens, Frederik

    2004-03-15

    Our purpose was to assess the feasibility of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) in patients priorly having undergone transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) with an expanded tetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE)-covered endoprosthesis. In 48 patients an e- PTFE-covered endoprosthesis was inserted to treat severe complications of portal hypertension. In 36 patients the endoprosthesis was inserted during TIPS creation (de novo TIPS); in the other 12 patients the endoprosthesis was placed to repermeabilize the previously created, but occluded bare stent (revision TIPS). Eight of them (5 de novo and 3 revision cases) later underwent an OLT. The hospital records of these patients were reviewed from initial admission, through TIPS, the pre-OLT period, and OLT to current postoperative status. Five de novo and 3 revision cases underwent OLT 4-279 days (mean delay: 80.8 days) after TIPS procedure. All OLT's were performed under veno-venous bypass surgery. De visu surgical inspection confirmed correct positioning of the fully patent stent graft, starting in the portal vein and ending at the junction of the hepatic vein to the inferior caval vein. No surgical difficulty was observed during proximal or distal clamping or during resection of the diseased liver. Correctly positioned e-PTFE-covered nitinol endoprostheses do not interfere with a later OLT and may not be considered as a contraindication in patients who need a TIPS as a bridge to OLT.

  19. Increasing Incidence of Midterm and Long-Term Complications After Endovascular Graft Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Note of Caution Based on a 9-Year Experience

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    Ohki, Takao; Veith, Frank J.; Shaw, Palma; Lipsitz, Evan; Suggs, William D.; Wain, Reese A.; Bade, Maseer; Mehta, Manish; Cayne, Neal; Cynamon, Jacob; Valldares, Jennifer; McKay, Jamie

    2001-01-01

    Objective To analyze the late complications after endovascular graft repair of elective abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) at the authors’ institution since November 1992. Summary Background Data Recently, the use of endovascular grafts for the treatment of AAAs has increased dramatically. However, there is little midterm or long-term proof of their efficacy. Methods During the past 9 years, 239 endovascular graft repairs were performed for nonruptured AAAs, many (86%) in high-risk patients or in those with complex anatomy. The grafts used were Montefiore (n = 97), Ancure/EVT (n = 14), Vanguard (n = 16), Talent (n = 47), Excluder (n = 20), AneuRx (n = 29), and Zenith (n = 16). All but the AneuRx and Ancure repairs were performed as part of a U.S. phase 1 or phase 2 clinical trial under a Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption. Procedural outcomes and follow-up results were prospectively recorded. Results The major complication and death rates within 30 days of endovascular graft repair were 17.6% and 8.5%, respectively. The technical success rate with complete AAA exclusion was 88.7%. During follow-up to 75 months (mean ± standard deviation, 15.7 ± 6.3 months), 53 patients (22%) died of unrelated causes. Two AAAs treated with endovascular grafts ruptured and were surgically repaired, with one death. Other late complications included type 1 endoleak (n = 7), aortoduodenal fistula (n = 2), graft thrombosis/stenosis (n = 7), limb separation or fabric tear with a subsequent type 3 endoleak (n = 1), and a persistent type 2 endoleak (n = 13). Secondary intervention or surgery was required in 23 patients (10%). These included deployment of a second graft (n = 4), open AAA repair (n = 5), coil embolization (n = 6), extraanatomic bypass (n = 4), and stent placement (n = 3). Conclusion With longer follow-up, complications occurred with increasing frequency. Although most could be managed with some form of endovascular reintervention, some

  20. Retrograde aorto-mesenteric by-pass grafting as treatment option of recurrent chronic mesenteric ischemia after thrombosed superior mesenteric artery stenting. Report of a case.

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    Nano, G; Dalainas, I; Bianchi, P; Stegher, S; Casana, R; Malacrida, G; Tealdi, D G

    2006-12-01

    We report a case of early stent failure in a patient with chronic mesenteric ischemia and its treatment with a retrograde aorto-mesenteric by-pass. The patient was initially treated with angioplasty and stenting. Seven months after the procedure complete thrombosis of the stent was achieved. A retrograde aorto-mesenteric by-pass was performed. After two years the patient remains asymptomatic and color Duplex scan confirm the patency of the graft.

  1. Combined Open and Endovascular Repair for Aortic Arch Pathology

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    Kang, Woong Chol; Ahn, Tae Hoon; Lee, Kyung Hoon; Moon, Chan Il; Han, Seung Hwan; Park, Chul-Hyun; Park, Kook-Yang; Kang, Jin Mo; Kim, Jung Ho

    2010-01-01

    Background and Objectives We describe our experience with combined open and endovascular repair in patients who have aortic arch pathology. Subjects and Methods This study is a retrospective analysis of 7 patients who underwent combined open and endovascular repair for aortic arch pathology. Medical records and radiographic information were reviewed. Results A total of 7 consecutive patients (5 men, 71.4%) underwent thoracic stent graft implantation. The mean age was 59.9±16.7 years. The indication for endovascular repair was aneurysmal degeneration in 5 patients, and rupture or impending rupture in 2 patients. In all 7 cases, supra-aortic transposition of the great vessels was performed successfully. Stent graft implantation was achieved in all cases. Surgical exposure of the access vessel was necessary in 2 patients. A total of 9 stent grafts were implanted (3 stent grafts in one patient). The Seal thoracic and the Valiant endovascular stent graft were implanted in 6 patients and 1 patient, respectively. There were no post-procedure deaths or neurologic complications. In 2 patients, bleeding and injury of access vessel were noted after the procedure. Postoperative endoleak was noted in 1 patient. One patient died at 10 months after the procedure due to a newly developed ascending aortic dissection. No patients required secondary intervention during the follow-up period. The aortic diameter decreased in 4 patients. In 3 patients, including 1 patient with endoleak, there was no change in aortic diameter. Conclusion Our experience suggests that combined open and endovascular repair for aortic arch pathology is safe and effective, with few complications. PMID:20830254

  2. Thalidomide attenuates graft arteriosclerosis of aortic transplant in a rat model.

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    Zhang, Y; Yang, M; Yang, Y; Zheng, S L; Cai, Y; Xia, P; Chen, W W; Chen, B C; Yang, Y R

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effects of thalidomide on graft arteriosclerosis. Male Lewis rats received abdominal aorta grafts from male Brown-Norway rats. The animals were divided into 4 groups: no treatment controls, a low-dose group that received thalidomide (50 mg/kg per day), a middle dose group that received thalidomide (100 mg/kg per day), and a high-dose group that received thalidomide (200 mg/kg per day) by daily intragastric administration. Rats were humanely killed at 60 days after surgery. The grafted aortas were analyzed by histology, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot analysis. The serum was analyzed by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The neointimal thickness of the thalidomide treated aortas was significantly thinner compared with that of no treatment aortas (P < .05). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor, and intracellular adhesian molecule (ICAM-1) protein expression in the treatment group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P < .05). Moreover, thalidomide significantly inhibited the production of VEGF and ICAM-1 in serum (P < .05). Our data suggested that thalidomide can attenuate graft arteriosclerosis so as to protect aortic grafts. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Usefulness of endovascular stent-graft for combination with a strict aort coarctation and patent ductus arteriosus for an adult patient: a case report

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    2009-01-01

    We reported a 21-year-old patient with strict descending aorta coarctation and small post-ductal patent ductus arteriosus, complicated with abortion and hypertension. The patient was successfully treated by endovascular stent-graft with a single cardiac catheterization. Endovascular stent-graft is an easy, safe, and reliable intervention for the treatment of strict descending aorta coarctation and small post-ductal patent ductus arteriosus. PMID:20181210

  4. Successful Coronary Stent Retrieval from the Saphenous Vein Graft to Right Coronary Artery

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    Aydin, Mustafa; Sayin, Muhammet Rasit

    2009-01-01

    Stent dislodgement and migration is a rare but serious complication of stent usage. For extraction of unexpanded stents different techniques have been described previously. We describe a case which used small baloon catheter for retrieval of a stent from the SVG-RCA. PMID:19902010

  5. Chimney stent technique for treatment of severe abdominal aortic atherosclerotic stenosis.

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    Ritter, Jens C; Ghosh, Jonathan; Butterfield, John S; McCollum, Charles N; Ashleigh, Raymond

    2011-03-01

    Application of the "chimney" stent technique is described in a case of complex multilevel atherosclerotic disease involving the juxtarenal aorta. A patient with significant comorbidities was unsuitable for major open reconstructive surgery. He was treated with a combined procedure consisting of chimney stent placement in the juxtarenal aorta, iliac "kissing" stent placement, and right-sided common femoral artery (CFA) replacement. This case shows that the chimney stent technique can be a feasible alternative to leaving a safety wire in the renal arteries and observation during primary angioplasty in complex atherosclerotic lesions of the abdominal aorta.

  6. The interactions between bloodstream and vascular structure on aortic dissecting aneurysmal model: A numerical study

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    Chen, Zeng-Sheng; Fan, Zhan-Ming; Zhang, Xi-Wen

    2013-06-01

    Stent-graft implantation is an important means of clinical treatment for aortic dissecting aneurysm (ADA). However, researches on fluid dynamics effects of stent were rare. Computer simulation was used to investigate the interactions between bloodstream and vascular structure in a stented ADA, which endures the periodic pulse velocity and pressure. We obtained and analyzed the flow velocity distribution, the wall displacement and wall stress in the ADA. By comparing the different results between a non-stented and a stented ADA, we found that the insertion of a vascular graft can make the location of maximum stress and displacement move from the aneurysm lumen wall to the artery wall, accompanied with a greatly decrease in value. These results imply that the placement of a stent-graft of any kind to occlude ADA will result in a decreased chance of rupture.

  7. A new dextran-graft-polybutylmethacrylate copolymer coated on 316L metallic stents enhances endothelial cell coverage.

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    Derkaoui, S M; Labbé, A; Chevallier, P; Holvoet, S; Roques, C; Avramoglou, T; Mantovani, D; Letourneur, D

    2012-09-01

    Amphiphilic copolymers based on the copolymerization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties offer versatility in various biomedical material applications. Here, a new biocompatible copolymer of dextran-graft-polybutylmethacrylate is synthesized for the coating of metallic endovascular stents. Coating of metallic surfaces is performed and analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy before and after deformation corresponding to stent deployment by a balloon catheter. In the conditions described here, the resulting coating is smooth and uniform with neither cracks nor detachment after stent expansion. Interestingly, surfaces coated with the copolymer greatly improve in vitro adhesion and growth of endothelial cells. This copolymer provides new opportunities for implanted biomaterials.

  8. Use of expanded polytetrafluoroethylen (ePTFE) stent graft in autogenic AV fistula with false aneurysm in lower extremity.

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    Sieroń, Dominik; Wiggermann, Philipp; Knap, Daniel; Wawrzynek, Wojciech; Stroszczynski, Christian

    2012-04-01

    A 28-year-old German-Caucasian man arrived with deep vein thrombosis DVT, pain, oedema and rubor of right lower limb and drug abuse. The US Doppler imaging showed an autogenic AV fistula and false aneurysm of the right superficial femoral artery and femoral vein. The CT imaging showed additional closing of the left external iliac artery and common femoral artery, and of the distal and middle parts of the superficial femoral artery. The patient was treated within the angiography suite using a 8/25 mm (8 mm diameter/25 mm length) peripheral graft with expanded polytetrafluoroethylen ePTFE stent. After stent deployment, the dilatation was performed using 8/20 mm (8 mm diameter/20 mm length) balloons. After intervention, the digital subtraction angiography showed a good stent position with complete exclusion of false aneurysm and AV fistula. The outcome of US Doppler imaging also confirmed successful intervention.

  9. Postoperative analysis of the mechanical interaction between stent and host tissue in patients after transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

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    Hopf, Raoul; Sündermann, Simon H; Born, Silvia; Ruiz, Carlos E; Van Mieghem, Nicolas M; de Jaegere, Peter P; Maisano, Francesco; Falk, Volkmar; Mazza, Edoardo

    2017-02-28

    The analysis is based on a finite element procedure to extract the contact forces between an implanted Nitinol stent and the surrounding host tissue using postoperative CT images. The methodology was applied for patients (N=46) which have undergone a TAVI procedure with the Medtronic CoreValve Revalving System (MCRS) to obtain corresponding deformation and force maps. The postoperative CT data were recorded for each patient in both systolic and diastolic phase of the heart cycle. Scalar parameters were defined, which map deformed geometry and contact force field to mechanically relevant quantities: radial dilatation, radial shape distortion, non-convex points, mean force, a force deviation measure and a pressure equivalent. The latter demonstrates that in the area of the aortic root, the added circumferential loading is of the same order as the baseline average blood pressure, thus leading to a doubling of the local mechanical load. Generally the force distribution along the stent is non-homogeneous. A comparison of systolic and diastolic data revealed slightly higher contact forces during the diastole, indicating that the stent has to carry more load in this phase. The geometrical and mechanical parameters were compared for two types of clinical complication: para-valvular leakage (PVL) and permanent pacemaker requirement (PPM). It was found that an increase in mean force can be associated with both complications; significantly for PVL and as a trend for PPM.

  10. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Occlusion Complicated with Biliary Fistula Successfully Treated with a Stent Graft: A Case Report.

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    Kim, Eunyoung; Lee, Sung Won; Kim, Woo Hyeon; Bae, Si Hyun; Han, Nam Ik; Oh, Jung Suk; Chun, Ho Jong; Lee, Hae Giu

    2016-01-01

    A 43-year-old man with liver cirrhosis received transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) for the treatment of recurrent variceal bleeding and F3 esophageal varices. During routine follow up liver ultrasound examination, six months after the implantation, TIPS occlusion was suspected and TIPS revision was performed. During the revision, moderate to severe stenosis at the hepatic venous segment of the tract and a total occlusion at the parenchymal segment of TIPS tract near the portal vein with biliary-TIPS fistula were identified with a clear visualization of the common bile duct. After the successful TIPS revision with the placement of an additional stent-graft, the biliary fistula and common bile duct were no more delineated. We herein report a rare case with an obvious visualization of biliary-TIPS fistula associated with obstruction of TIPS shunt on the tractogram and recanalization with an additional stent-graft.

  11. Treatment of a TIPS-Biliary Fistula by Stent-Graft in a 9-Year-Old Boy

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    Boyvat, Fatih; Cekirge, Saruhan; Balkanci, Ferhun; Besim, Aytekin

    1999-01-15

    We report a 9-year-old male cirrhotic patient with acute occlusion of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) due to a biliary-to-TIPS fistula which occurred 9 hr after the TIPS procedure. Immediate TIPS revision was performed and the fistula was treated by placement of an endoluminal stent-graft. At 12-month follow-up color Doppler examination demonstrated a patent shunt.

  12. Stent-Graft Placement for Femoral Artery Pseudoaneurysm in a Patient with Idiopathic Multiple Arterial Aneurysmal Disease

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    Koo, Bon Kwon; Choi, Donghoon; Kwon, Kihwan; Jang, Yangsoo; Shim, Won-Heum; Cho, Seung-Yun; Lee, Do Yun

    2002-12-15

    A 34-year-old man presenting with a left inguinal mass was diagnosed as having idiopathic multiple aneurysmal disease and pseudoaneurysm of a left superficial femoral artery. A stent-graft was successfully deployed percutaneously at the left superficial femoral artery pseudoaneurysm. Less invasive treatment should be used to avoid vascular complications in patients with idiopathic multiple aneurysmal disease, especially in those who have a progressive course or a history of prior complications after surgical repair.

  13. The first clinical experience with a peripheral, self-expanding nitinol stent in the treatment of saphenous vein graft disease: angiographic evidence of late expansion.

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    Bokhari, Syed W; Vahdat, Omid; Winters, Rex J

    2003-07-01

    The ideal intervention for degenerated saphenous vein grafts (SVG) is still controversial. We report the first use of a peripheral, self-expanding nitinol stent in the treatment of a patient with symptomatic SVG disease. The procedure was well tolerated, without any short- or long-term complications. Quantitative coronary analysis of a 3-month follow-up angiogram revealed a continued expansion of the nitinol stent. Larger scale trials are warranted to evaluate whether the self-expanding nitinol stents can be used alone or in adjunct to other modalities for the treatment of SVG disease. The case report is followed by a literature review of SVG stenting.