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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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ENDOVASCULAR REPAIR OF ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSMS
The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 August;44(4):527-34
Endovascular management of abdominal aortic aneurysms
Bush R. L., Lin P. H., Lumsden A. B.
Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
An estimated 1.5 million people in the United States have abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) with more than 200000 American diagnosed each year. The natural history of AAAs is to expand and rupture, accounting for an estimated 15000 deaths per year. Thus, the major impetus for AAA repair is for prophylaxis against aneurysm-related death. The standard open surgical repair of AAAs is a well-established and durable procedure. However, as with all other major abdominal surgical operations, associated signifìcant morbidity and mortality exist, along with prolonged recovery and various late complications. Furthermore, both mortality and morbidity increase significantly with advanced patient age and associated co-morbid disease states. Endovascular AAA repair using covered stent-grafts offers a significantly less invasive alternative to conventional open-surgical repair. A considerable reduction in hospital stay has been demonstrated, with early return to preoperative levels of activity. Patients previously considered unsuitable for open repair can often receive treatment for aneurysms with endovascular techniques. Current estimates are that more than 1/2 all infrarenal AAAs will be repaired using endovascular approach in the future. Despite the minimally-invasiveness of this new treatment, there are unanswered questions as to the durability and efficacy of devices, which results in concerns about their ability to successfully protect the patient from subsequent rupture. Three devices are commercially available and have been extensively used for implantation in the United States with a 4th device recently receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this review article, endovascular management of AAAs with these devices is described, as are the design and deployment techniques of the currently available endografts.