Endograft Repair of Complicated Acute Type B Aortic Dissections

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Objectives: This study aims to assess patient outcomes and aortic remodelling following coverage of the proximal entry tear with an endograft in complicated acute type B aortic dissections (caTBADs). Material and methods: All patients with caTBAD treated with a thoracic endograft in three high-volume vascular centres were retrospectively studied. Inclusion criteria were branch-vessel malperfusion, impending or overt aortic rupture, maximal aortic diameter >= 40 mm and persistent pain or uncontrolled hypertension despite maximum pharmacological treatment. Postoperative aortic remodelling was evaluated using computed tomography angiography (CTA). on a three-dimensional (3D) imaging workstation. Results: A total of 52 patients (71% male, median age 65 years) were included in the study. Median inclusion criteria per patient were 2 (range 1-4). Branch-vessel malperfusion was diagnosed in 42% and impending aortic rupture in 33% of 52 patients. Median follow-up was 25 months (range 2-109 months). The 30-day mortality rate was 9.6% (5/52); patient survival according to the Kaplan-Meier method was 90.4% at 12 months and 87.6% at 24 months. Secondary interventions were performed in seven patients a median of 3 days after the initial procedure (range 2-865). Imaging follow-up at 12 months was performed in 36 patients (69%): 75% presented stable or shrinking (>5 mm) maximal aortic diameters and 86% had a completely thrombosed false lumen (vs. 5% before initial procedure) at thoracic level. Conclusion: Endograft treatment of complicated caTBAD is associated with favourable early outcomes and possibly promotes aortic remodelling in the majority of patients. (C) 2013 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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  • Surgery


  • Aortic dissection, Acute, Endograft
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-474
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch