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Chirurgia 2021 February;34(1):48-54

DOI: 10.23736/S0394-9508.20.05102-5

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Use of custom-made scalloped thoracic stent grafts in different hostile aortic anatomies

Joel SOUSA 1, 2 , Ana-Teresa VILARES 3, José TEIXEIRA 1

1 Department of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, S. João Hospital, Porto, Portugal; 2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal; 3 Department of Radiology, S. João Hospital, Porto, Portugal



Although TEVAR is an established treatment option for thoracic aortic disease, the suitability of the proximal and distal landing zones remains one of the main limitations for its use. Complex endovascular and hybrid techniques have been described, and although effective in such scenarios, require significant skills and are prone to complications. Custom-made scalloped stent grafts are easier to plan and deploy, and when feasible, allow the treatment of these lesions with limited endovascular maneuvers, shorter surgical times and less risk of complications. These scallops can be placed either proximally or distally in the endograft, depending on the target vessel to preserve, and are therefore useful in different aortic anatomies unsuitable for conventional endografting. Through this article, the authors presented three cases of thoracic aortic aneurysm, with three different hostile anatomies, successfully treated with custom-made scalloped stent grafts.


KEY WORDS: Pectinidae; Aneurysm; Aortic

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