Renal arteries covered by aortic stents: clinical experience from endovascular grafting of aortic aneurysms

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OBJECTIVES: During the endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), effective anchoring of the stent-graft is difficult in the presence of a short infrarenal aneurysm neck. The aim of this study was to investigate renal artery patency and renal function after deployment of graft anchoring stents across the renal arteries. DESIGN: Retrospective open study. PATIENTS: Twenty-five renal arteries, in 18 patients treated by endovascular exclusion of an AAA, were intentionally covered with the Gianturco Z-stent to ensure stent graft attachment. METHODS: Renal artery patency was assessed by repeated spiral computed tomography (CT) scans and angiography. Creatinine levels, blood pressure and antihypertensive medication were recorded. Follow-up was a median 6 months (2-9). RESULTS: All 25 stent-covered renal arteries remained patent. CT showed a small infarct in one kidney. Creatinine was 108 mumol/l (89-133) before intervention and 98 mumol/l (87-127) at follow-up. Blood pressure was 150/80 mmHg on both occasions. Antihypertensive therapy was intensified in one patient whose creatinine level remained stable and whose separate renin sampling was normal. CONCLUSIONS: Covering the renal arteries with the Gianturco Z-stent does not seem to affect renal function within 6 months. Further follow-up is needed before suprarenal stent deployment can be advocated.


  • Martin Malina
  • J Brunkwall
  • Krassi Ivancev
  • Mats Lindh
  • Bengt Lindblad
  • B Risberg
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Surgery


  • Aneurysm treatment, Endovascular, Stent-graft, Renal function
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997
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), Unit for Clinical Vascular Disease Research (013242410)