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  ENDOVASCULAR REPAIR OF ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSMS 

The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 August;44(4):543-7

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in high-risk and elderly patients

Geraghty P. J., Sicard G. A.

Section of Vascular Surgery Department of Surgery Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO, USA


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Elective open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a proven surgical therapy with acceptable rates of perioperative mortality. Open AAA repair in elderly and high-risk patients, however, carries a significantly greater risk of surgical mortality and perioperative complications. Given the steady increase of life expectancy in developed nations, assessment of surgical outcomes and clarification of the role of emerging therapies in the aging population are of significant interest to the vascular surgeon. Selection of treatment options for these patients must be based on an individual approach, and assessment of outcomes must include more subtle parameters, such as quality of life, in addition to operative survival. Recent studies assessing the applicability of endoluminal graft repair in the elderly demonstrate that this avenue of treatment may offer substantial benefit to selected patients. We review the historical data regarding operative aneurysm repair in the high-risk and elderly population, and examine the impact of endoluminal therapy of AAAs in these challenging patients.

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