Observations on the Failure of Stent-Grafts in the Aortic Arch.

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INTRODUCTION: The results of endovascular stent-grafts in the abdominal aorta and descending thoracic aorta have been encouraging. Expanding the use of thoracic stent-grafts in to the aortic arch has been associated with increasing numbers of complications. Recently isolated cases of stent-graft collapse have been reported.

METHODS: This was a multi-centre European case series. Data was collected retrospectively on seven patients from five experienced endovascular centres with thoracic stent-graft collapse.

RESULTS: Of the seven patients four were treated for traumatic aortic rupture. Six were male, median age 33 (range 17-54) years. During the ensuing 2 months all patients suffered stent-graft collapse. This was symptomatic in 3 patients and the rest were identified on CT. Endovascular management was possible in 6/7 patients using either a balloon expandable stent (n=6) or further stent-graft (n=1). Two patients had persistent type I endoleak despite treatment. Two of the 7 patients died, both of which presented with symptomatic thoracic stent-graft occlusion. Both deaths were a direct result of stent-graft collapse.

CONCLUSIONS: Thoracic stent-graft collapse may be asymptomatic underscoring the importance of stent-graft surveillance. Endovascular management of collapse is possible in most cases using a large balloon expandable stent. Symptomatic collapse is associated with high morbidity and mortality.


  • R J Hinchliffe
  • A Krasznai
  • L Schultzekool
  • J D Blankensteijn
  • M Falkenberg
  • L Lonn
  • K Hausegger
  • M de Blas
  • J M Egana
  • Björn Sonesson
  • Krassi Ivancev
Research areas and keywords

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  • Surgery


  • thoracic aorta, thoracic aneurysm, endovascular stent-graft, traumatic aortic rupture, aortic transection
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-6
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200), Medical Radiology Unit (013241410)

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