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Online ISSN 1827-1847
Amabile P., Cohen S., Piquet P.
Department of Vascular Surgery Sainte Marguerite Hospital Marseille, France
Open surgical management of acute rupture of the descending thoracic aorta is associated with high mortality and morbidity. Recently, published reports of decreased mortality associated with endovascular device implantation for the treatment of acute rupture of the descending thoracic aorta have highlighted its potential advantage in emergency situations. The purpose of this short review is to detail published experience with covered stents in this setting to determine the limitations of this technique and clarify its indications.