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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 April;44(2):259-62
Endovascular exclusion of iatrogenic femoral artery pseudoaneurysm with the WallgraftTM Endoprosthesis
Stella N., Pellicciotti A., Udini M.
Department of Vascular Surgery “E. Morelli” Hospital, Sondalo (SO), Italy
Development of femoral artery pseudoaneurysm represents a continuing problem after percutaneous peripheral interventional procedures as well as coronary angioplasty. We report a case of symptomatic, expanding femoral artery pseudoaneurysm in a 60-year-old man who underwent percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and stenting for acute myocardial infarction. A self-expanding Wallgraft™– Endoprosthesis (Boston Scientific, USA) was delivered under fluoroscopic guidance via contralateral percutaneous femoral approach to the site, resulting in immediate complete exclusion of the pseudoaneurysms. Follow-up color duplex scanning confirmed false aneurysm exclusion 1 year postprocedure. Endovascular treatment of iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm appears to be an attractive alternative to surgical repair in critically ill patients, with a high degree of technical success, low morbidity and short hospital stay.