Endovascular repair for thoracic aortic disease: tertiary single-center experience in northwestern Greece (Journal article)

Matsagas, M. I./ Papakostas, J. C./ Katsouras, C. S./ Arnaoutoglou, E./ Lagos, N./ Xanthopoulos, D./ Drossos, G. E./ Michalis, L. K.

The purpose of this article is to report the initial experience with endovascular repair of thoracic aortic disease in a single tertiary vascular unit in northwestern Greece. Between 2003 and 2005, 16 patients were treated with endovascular techniques for various pathologies of the descending thoracic aorta. Twelve patients were treated electively and four emergently. Operative and follow-up data for a mean time of 18.4 months were retrospectively collected and analyzed. Primary technical success was obtained in 14 (87.5%) cases. No early or late deaths occurred, and there was no major operation-related complication. No paraplegia was observed in our patients. Stent graft-related complications occurred in 18.75% (one type 2 and two type 3 endoleaks), but they all had a favorable outcome. No further problems have been reported in any of our patients. Endovascular stent graft repair for diseases of the thoracic aorta seems to be a promising alternative to open surgery, especially for high-risk patients. Long-term results are needed to confirm the early benefit of this treatment option with regard to morbidity and mortality rates. The potential of this technique to be applicable even in relatively small, tertiary vascular centers might be of great benefit to patients.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Adolescent,Adult,Aged,*Angioplasty,Aorta, Thoracic/radiography/*surgery,Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic/radiography/*surgery,Aortography,Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation,Female,Follow-Up Studies,Greece,Humans,Male,Middle Aged,Retrospective Studies,Stents,Tomography, X-Ray Computed,Treatment Outcome
URI: https://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/21958
ISSN: 1708-5381
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17026912
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