Primary stenting in infrarenal aortic occlusive disease

Ulf Nyman, Petr Uher, Mats Lindh, Bengt Lindblad, Krassi Ivancev

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-108
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


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