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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2016 Giugno;57(3):343-9

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The CERAB technique: tips, tricks and results

Kim TAEYMANS, Peter GOVERDE, Katrien LAUWERS, Paul VERBRUGGEN

Vascular Clinic ZNA, ZNA Stuivenberg Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium


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In this article we wanted to present an overview of the latest study results, in vitro and in vivo, of the Covered Endovascular Reconstruction of the Aortic Bifurcation or CERAB technique and the C-CERAB or Chimney CERAB for the endovascular treatment of either extensive occlusive aortoiliac or iuxtarenal disease with preservation of visceral arteries; in combination with tips and tricks to facilitate recanalization and revascularization. A review was performed of the literature of the last 5 years regarding the endovascular treatment of aortoiliac and iuxtarenal TASC II C& D lesions with covered balloon expandable stents. Furthermore we did a retrospective analysis of our most special techniques to achieve a successful interventional recanalization of these challenging lesions. Both the in vitro and the in vivo studies pointed out that there exists an important benefit of the CERAB configuration with excellent patency rates at one and two years in combination with very low mortality and morbidity, when compared to other techniques. Also the C-CERAB variant seems to be a feasible and safe option; 100% technical success; to deal with iuxtarenal or extensive aortic occlusive disease together with the safeguarding of visceral arteries. The CERAB and C-CERAB techniques may change the treatment algorithm of extensive aortoiliac occlusive disease in the near future and appears to be a safe and feasible alternative with promising results, together with a more anatomical and physiological reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation, being a valid alternative for surgery and/or kissing stents. A few critical issues still need to be solved, such as cost-effectiveness, patient selection, fine-tuning of the technique and defining the optimal medical support.

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