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Official Journal of the , the International Union of Phlebology and the
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Online ISSN 1827-1839
Saratzis N., Antonitsis P., Melas N., Lazaridis I., Ginis G., Lykopoulos D., Lioupis A., Kiskinis D.
1st Surgical Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, General Hospital Papageorgiou, Thessaloniki, Greece
Aim. The aim of this study is to investigate the safety and efficacy of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair with modular bifurcated Talent stent-graft.
Methods. Between September 2001 and September 2005, 85 patients with infrarenal AAA underwent treatment with Talent stent-graft. There were 83 men and 2 women with a median age of 69.3 years. Anatomy of the abdominal aorta and the iliac arteries was investigated with high resolution contrast CT together with digital subtraction angiography. The majority of patients had comorbid illnesses like arterial hypertension (60%), CAD (38%) and previous CABG (26%). Duration of follow-up period ranged from 1 to 48 months (median 18 months).
Results. Repair was performed with transrenal fixation of the bifurcated Talent stent-graft under regional anesthesia in 80% of all cases. Technical success rate was 97.6%. Aneurysm related mortality was 2.4% due to aneurysm rupture in the postoperative period. Overall mortality rate was 9.4%. Morbidity rate was 16.5%. Immediate conversion to open repair was necessary in 1 patient (1.2%). Endoleak rate was 4.8% at 1 month follow-up period. Secondary intervention was required in 1.2% of patients. Iliac limb occlusion was detected in 1 patient (1.2%).
Conclusion. Talent stent-graft exhibits a high degree of technical success in AAA repair in patients with comorbid conditions with a low perioperative morbidity and mortality rate