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Online ISSN 1827-1839
Kotsis T., Scharrer-Palmer R., Kapfer X., Liewald F., Gorich J., Sunder-Plassmann L., Orend K. H.
Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Aim. The conventional approach for the repair of thoracoabdominal aneurysms remains complex and demanding and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Moreover, in cases of reoperation the impact can be dramatic either in survival or in quality of life of the patients, albeit the use of adjuncts. A combined endovascular and surgical approach with retrograde perfusion of visceral and renal vessels has been realized in order to minimize intraoperative and postoperative complications.
Methods. Within an experience of 231 aortic stent-grafts between 1995-2000, 4 of the patients with thoracoabdominal aneurysms were treated with a combined endovascular and surgical approach. Three procedures were electively conducted and 1 on emergency basis. Two women, 59 and 68 years old, and 2 men, 68 and 73 years old (maximum aneurysm’s diameter was 10, 6, 8 and 9 cm, respectively) were operated with the combined method (the first 2 patients had a previous open repair of a thoracoabdominal aneurysm). The surgical approach was executed in all patients without thoracotomy or re-do retroperitoneal exposure. Revascularization of renal, superior mesenteric (and celiac in 2 cases) arteries was accomplished via transperitoneal bypass grafting. Aneurysmal exclusion was performed by stent-graft deployment.
Results. The entire procedure was technically successful in all patients. The 1st patient was discharged 6 weeks after the operation, while the postoperative studies revealed the patency of the vessels and no evidence of leak or secondary rupture of the aneurysm; the patient died 3 months after the repair, due to rupture of an aneurysm of the ascending aorta. In the 2nd patient, 30 months after the operation, spiral-CT scanning revealed distinct shrinkage of the aneurysm, no graft migration or endoleak and patency of all revascularized vessels. The 3rd patient died on the 6th postoperative day due to multiorgan failure after having developed ischemic-related pancreatitis, albeit the successful combined repair. The 4th patient followed an uneventful course. No patient experienced any temporary or permanent neurological deficit.
Conclusion. The combined endovascular and surgical approach is feasible, without cross-clamping of the aorta and with minimized ischemia time for renal and visceral arteries, and seems the appropriate strategy for high risk and previously operated, with a thoracoabdominal trans-diaphragmatic approach, patients.