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CURRENT ISSUETHE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY

A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery

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Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 0021-9509

Online ISSN 1827-191X

 

The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2015 August;56(4):587-97

ENDOVASCULAR THERAPY OF PERIPHERAL ANEURYSMS: ELECTIVE AND URGENT TREATMENT 

Endovascular treatment of popliteal aneurysm

de Donato G., Setacci F., Galzerano G., Borrelli M. P., Mascolo V., Mazzitelli G., Ruzzi U., Setacci C.

Unit of Vascular Surgery, Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

Although traditional surgical repair by aneurysm exclusion and bypass is still considered the gold standard in the treatment of popliteal artery aneurysms (PAAs), the endovascular repair (ER) has been gaining great interest in the last decades. ER offers several advantages over open bypass, including lower morbidity and mortality, and faster functional recovery, but some concerns about migration, occlusion, or fracture remain when a stent graft is deployed across a joint that undergo constant flexion. This review summarizes the current evidence on ER for PAAs. Level I evidence is still very limited, while the majority of published data come from retrospective studies. Moreover the heterogeneity of PAA morphology seems to play a major role in the outcomes after popliteal endografts placement, so that many anatomical criteria should be taken into account to determine which patient is best treated endovascularly. In conclusion, while it is unlike that endovascular treatment may displace open surgical bypass in the near future, it indeed does provide a feasible option for selected patients with high surgical risk and good anatomical features.

language: English


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