- Rifampin-soaked endografts for treating prosthetic graf y work? I have no conflicts of interest. Open surgery for mycotic aneurysms is not perfect. We know it's logical, but it has a morbidity mortality of at least 40% in the abdomen and higher in the chest.
Sick, old, infected patients do poorly with major open operations so endografts sound logical. However, the theoretical reasons not to use them is putting a prosthetic endograft in an infected aorta immediately gets infected. Not removing infected tissue creates
an abcess in the aorta outside the endgraft and of course you have to replace the aorta in aorto-enteric fistulas. So, case in point, saccular aneurysm treated with a TEVAR and two weeks later as fever and abdominal pain.
You start out like this, you put an EVAR inside you get an abcess. Ended up with an open ilio-celiac open thoraco with left heart bypass. Had to sew two arches together. But what about cases where you can't
or you shouldn't do open? For example, 44 year old IV drug user, recurrent staph aureus endocarditis, bacteremia, had a previous aorto-bifem which was occluded, iliac stents, many many laparotomies ending in short bowel syndrome and an ileostomy.
CT scan and a positive tag white cell scan shows this. It's two centimeters, it's okay, treat it with antibiotics. Unfortunately, 10 days later it looks like this, so open repair. So, we tried for hours to get into the abdomen. The abdomen was frozen and, ultimately,
we ended up going to endografts so I added rifampin to it, did an aorta union and a fem fem and it looked like this and I said well, we'll see what happens. She's going to die. Amazingly, at a year the sac had totally shrunk. I remind you she was on continuous treatment.
She had her heart replaced again for the second time and notice the difference between the stent at one year to the sac size. So adding rifampin to prosthetic Dacron was first described in the late 1980's and inhibits growth in vivo and in vitro.
So I used the same concentration of 60 milligrams per milliliter. That's three amps of 600, 30 CC's water injected into the sheath. We published this awhile back. You can go straight into the sheath in a Cook.
Looks like this, or you can pre deploy a bit of little Medtronic and sort of trickle it in with an angiocatheter. So the idea that endografts in infected aortas immediately become infected, make it worse. I don't think it's true.
It may be false. What about aorto-enteric fistulas? This person showed up 63 year old hemorrhagic shock, previous Dacron patch, angioplasty to the aorta a few years ago, aorto-duodenal fistula not subtle. Nice little Hiroshima sign
and occluded bilateral external iliac arteries. Her abdomen looked like this. Multiple abdominal hernias, bowel resections, and had a skin graft on the bowel. Clearly this was the option. I'm not going to tell you how I magically got in there
but let's just leave it at that I got an endograft in there, rifampin soaked, sealed the hole and then I put her on TPN. So the idea that you have to resect and bypass, I'll get back to her soon, I think it's false. You don't necessarily have to do it every time. What about aorto-esophageal hemorrhagic shock, hematemesis?
Notice the laryng and esophageus of the contrast, real deal fistula. Put some TEVARs in there, and the idea was to temporize and to do a definitive repair knowing that we wouldn't get away with it. On post update nine, we did a cervical esophagostomy
and diverted the esophagus with the idea that maybe he could heal for a little while. He went home, we were going to repair him later, but of course he came back with fever, malaise, and of course gas around the aneurysm and we ended up having to fix him open.
So the problem with aorto-enteric fistulas is when you put an endograft in them it's sort of like a little boomerang. You get to throw them out and it's nice and it sails around but in the end you have to catch it. So, in the long term the lady I showed you before,
a year and a half later she came back with a retroperitoneal abscess. However, she was in much better shape. She wasn't bleeding to death, she'd lost weight, she'd quit smoking. She got an ax-bi-fem, open resection,
gastrojejunostomy and she's at home. So, I think the idea's, I think it's false but maybe realistically what it is, is that eventually if you do aorto-enteric fistulas you're going to have to do something and maybe if you don't remove the infection
it may make it worse. So in conclusion, endografts for mycotic aneurysms, they do save lives. I think you should use them liberally for bad cases. It could be a bad patient, a bad aorta, or bad presentation. Treat it with antibiotics as long as possible
before you put the endograft in and here's the voodoo, 60 milligrams per mil of rifampin. Don't just put in there, put it in with some semblance of science behind it, put it on Dacron, it may even lead to complete resolution. And I've also added trans-lumbar thoracic pigtail drains
in patients that I literally cannot ever want to go back in. Put 'em in for ten days wash it out. TPN on aorto-enterics for a month, voodoo, I agree, and I use antibiotics for life. Have a good plan B because it may come back in two weeks or two years, deploy them low
or cut out the super renal fixations so you can take them out a little easier. Thank you.
- Thank you Dr. Melissano for the kind interaction. TEVAR is the first option, or first line therapy for many pathologies of the thoracic aorta. But, it is not free from complications and two possible complications of the arch are the droop effect and the bird-beak. I was very interested as Gore came up with the new
Active Control System of the graft. The main features of this graft, of this deployment system are that the deployment is staged and controlled in putting in the graft at the intermediate diameter and then to the full diameter. The second important feature is that we can
optionally modify the angulation of the graft once the graft is in place. Was very, very interesting. This short video shows how it works. You see the graft at the intermediate diameter, we can modify the angulation also during this stage
but it's not really used, and then the expansion of the graft at the full diameter and the modification of the angulation, if we wished. This was one of the first cases done at our institution. A patient with an aneurysm after Type B dissection. You see the graft in place and you see the graft after
partial deployment and full deployment. Perhaps you can appreciate, also, a gap between the graft and the lesser curvature of the arch, which could be corrected with the angulation. As you can see here, at the completion angiography we have an ideal positioning of the graft inside the arch.
Our experience consisted only on 43 cases done during the last months. Mostly thoracic aneurysm, torn abdominal aneurysm, and patients with Type B aortic dissection. The results were impressive. No mortality, technical success, 100%,
but we had four cases with problems at the access probably due to the large bore delivery system as you can see here. No conversion, so far and no neurological injury in this patient group. We have some patients who came up for the six months follow-up and you see here we detected one Type 1b endoleak,
corrected immediately with a new graft. Type II endoleak which should be observed. This was our experience, but Gore has organized all the registry, the Surpass Registry, which is a prospective, single-arm, post market registry including 125 patients and all these patients
have been already included in these 20 centers in seven different countries in Europe. This was the pathology included, very thorough and generous, and also the landing zone was very different, including zone two down to zone five. The mean device used per patient were 1.3.
In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, the Active Control System of the well known CTAG is a really unique system to achieve an ideal positioning of the graft. We don't need to reduce the blood pressure aggressively during the deployment because of the intermediate diameter
reached and the graft angulation can be adjusted in the arch. But, it's not reversible. Thank you very much for your attention.
- Good morning. Happy to discuss with you some of the issues of the currently available stents. Nutcracker Syndrome patients most frequently present with left flank pain, pelvic pain, hematuria, usually due to a significant narrowing in front of the aorta between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery.
Open surgical treatment has been kind of a gold standard. Left renal vein transposition done most frequently followed by gonadal vein procedures or even renal auto-transplantation. Renal vein stenting, in this country, has been done using Wallstents or SMART stents.
In our experience, where we reported 37 surgical patients. We used stents only for secondary procedures. Three of the six stents had problems of either migration or in-stent restenosis. There is a systematic review in the JVS-VL, recently published, 180 patients, 7 series.
Interestingly, 175 were treated in China with good clinical results in 6-126 months. Stent migration was observed from 0 to 6.7%, depending on the series. We have seen stent migration, sometimes it's immediately during t
and that's obviously the easiest to take care of. Or immediately after, before any healing, that is also a more favorable situation. The problem is when it travels to the heart. It is not frequent, but it happens.
This is the largest series, 75 patients, stented, 5 of them had migration. Two of them to the right atrium, one of them required a medium sternotomy to remove it. Stents not only migrate, although again it's rare,
but even one patient is too frequent in this series that usually involves young, female patients. Stents in this position unfortunately can also fracture. If they don't fracture, they can thrombos. If they don't thrombos, they can be compressed.
If they don't compress, that's a stiff stent, it practically always will perforate their renal vein because of the arching configuration of the renal vein and because the unavailability of less than four centimeter long stance. So it is a problem.
It can actually cause significant, severe migration, completely occluding the inferior vena cava together with perforation of the renal vein. Obviously these cases require open surgical repair,
and have a chance to remove a few of these stents. Percutaneous retrieval, fortunately, is possible in about 90% of the cases, and sometimes, if it doesn't cause significant cardiac injury even from the heart or the pulmonary artery and
we had several case reports, of stents, especially after the TIPS procedure, early on, that migrated into the central circulation that would be removed with different types of techniques, of snaring and pulling the lost stent into a large sheath,
whether you snare it at the end or you snare it in the middle. There are good case reports. This patient that we had, we could use a balloon, pull it down to the vena cava, and then from above and below, we could remove it
with a large sheath. Current stents, if you really don't want it to migrate, the only option we see is transposition patch and using hybrid procedure to fix the stents in the renal vein.
So, in general, open surgery remains the first line of intervention. Stents have a reported high mid-term success rate but migration, fracture, perforation, thrombosis, restenosis are problems and if you go to the FDA website, you see that there are much more cases than
those that are reported. So what do we need? We need dedicated renal vein stents that are short, flexible, resist fracture and migration, and we need them urgently. Thank you.
- Thank you, honored to present this work on behalf of our group at the VA, the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, led by Dr. Kougias. Disclosures are here, Dr. Kougias does consultation for Cook Medical. So compared to EVAR, FEVAR has greater lower extremity ischemic times due to larger sheaths,
visceral cannulation, complexity of procedures. And lower extremity complications have been reported as high as 15%, but there's not been a careful analysis of this. So we decided to look at the incidence of lower extremity sensory or motor deficit
after FEVAR, and to look specifically at lower extremity ischemic time, iliac artery occlusive disease, and lower extremity neurologic impairment after FEVAR. So this is a retrospective study over a four-year period. Early experience with our FEVAR cases was included,
and we generally used bilateral femoral access. Iliac stenotic lesions were dilated when required to allow an 18 or 20 French sheath to be placed. Graft alignment was achieved by centering the graft over at least two sheaths in the visceral arteries
before releasing the diameter-reducing wire. Visceral stents were used for all fenestrations and selectively for some scallops. We used perfusion adjunct techniques selectively, such as antegrade 7 French sheath placement into the FSA or sometimes a Dacron conduit into the common
femoral artery, which allows you to retract the sheath. A primary outcome was neurologic impairment. Secondary outcomes were major amputations and ability to ambulate at 30 days after surgery. We measured continuous lower extremity ischemic time from the time of the large sheath insertion into
the femoral artery until it was removed. If we used perfusion adjuncts, we measured the time from the sheath insertion to the perfusion initiation via the adjunctive modality, and the longest ischemic time for each extremity was recorded. We measured common iliac artery lumen diameters.
It was the distance of inner wall to inner wall, the narrowest segment of each common iliac artery. And we entered this as a binary variable based on eight millimeters. Statistics, we did both uni- and multivariate analysis, and I'll just run through that here quickly.
And we did an interaction model looking at the association between lower extremity ischemic time, size of the residual patent common iliac artery lumen versus neurologic impairment in the lower extremities. So there was 101 FEVAR patients with 202 limbs.
Percutaneously done in 16% of cases, we used perfusion adjuncts based on understanding of the case and how long it was going to take. Conduit in eight cases, and antegrade SFA sheath placement in three cases. The configurations are shown here.
Majority were one scallop and two fens, and the ischemic times are shown there. Operative time was about three hours was the average, but the standard deviation was 122 minutes. You can see the fluid requirements there. We looked at intra- and postoperative transfusions.
Then we looked at patients with neurologic impairment. So there were 18 patients who had some neurologic impairment postoperatively. 12 of these patients has mild sensory loss, eight has complete sensory loss, and only two had motor dysfunction.
The deficits tended to resolve within four days, almost all within 14 days. But we had four limbs with persistent sensory deficits, and only one with a persistent motor deficit. Two patients could not ambulate normally at 30 days. No patient underwent an amputation.
If you look at the univariate analysis, limb ischemic time, common iliac lumen less than eight millimeters, intraoperative blood loss, change in hemoglobin, and total transfusion all seem to indicate lower extremity motor dysfunction or sensory dysfunction.
But on multivariate analysis, there are only two factors: limb ischemic time and common iliac artery diameter less than eight millimeters. If you looked at the interaction model we prepared, if the common iliac artery diameter was less than eight millimeters after about two and
a half hours of continuous ischemia, the incidence of neurologic impairment went up. This went up more slowly if it was more than three hours if the iliac artery diameter is greater than eight millimeters. So, in conclusion, lower extremity permanent
neurologic impairment is very low after FEVAR, but there is a relatively high instance of reversible neurologic impairment associated with two things: extremity ischemic time and the presence of pre-existing occlusive disease in the common iliac artery.
We acknowledge this was a single center study. We weren't able to look at extent of aortic coverage or associated spinal cord ischemia, but we conclude that when you anticipate long ischemic times based on the iliac artery diameter, you should consider adjunctive perfusion techniques.
- Thanks, Stefan and Frank for having me back again this year. These are my disclosures as it pertains to the renal topics here. We all know that renal dysfunction severely impacts survival, whether we're doing open or endovascular aortic repair,
as you see by these publications over the past decade, patients with no dysfunction have a significant advantage in the long term, compared to those patients who suffer acute kidney injury, or go on to be on new hemodialysis. When you look at the literature,
traditionally, through open repair, we see that the post-operative rate of acute kidney injury ranges anywhere from 20 to almost 40 percent, and it doesn't seem to vary whether it's a suprarenal or infrarenal type
of clamp or repair. Chronic renal replacement therapy in this population ranges somewhere between 0 and 3 percent. That really forms a baseline when we want to compare this to the newer techniques such as chimney and fenestrated or branched EVAR.
Now, if you look at the results of the ZFEN versus Zenith AAA trials, and this is published by Gustavo, the acute kidney injury rate is approximately at 25%, acute kidney injury rate being defined as patients, excuse me, greater than 25% change in GFR,
but in one month acute kidney injury rate is 5% for FEVAR and about 9% for EVAR in this study. There's no difference in these rates at two years or five years between the Zenith AAA and the ZFEN devices. What about the progression of patients
with Stage 4 or Stage 5? At two years, it's about the same, 2% versus 3% for EVAR, and at five years, 7 and 8% respectively. Overall, progression to renal failure occurs in about 1.5% of patients in this cohort.
Well, how does that compare to chimney cases, if you look at the Pythagoras and PERICLES studies, there are a limited number of patients, you see in Pythagoras, 128 patients, 92% of them had either one or two chimneys, meaning generally addressing renal arteries in this case,
patency of those grafts was about 96% and there is no real discussion in that manuscript of the degree of acute kidney injury. And in PERICLES registry, however, they report a 17.5% incidence of acute kidney injury post-op,
and a 1.5% incidence of temporary or permanent dialysis. What about if you compare them? This is a publication in 2017, if you look at both of these studies, very similar, 17.8% for acute kidney injury in FEVAR, and about 19% for a chimney.
You have to realize, though, there are more complete repairs in the FEVAR group, and there are more symptomatic patients in the ChEVAR group, so these aren't completely comparable, but you get some idea that they're probably in the general range of one another.
So the real questions, I think, that come up, is, which arteries can you sacrifice? Are renal embolizations impacting patients' overall function? And what is the mid-term impact of branch and fenestrate on volume of your kidneys
and patients' eGFR. We've studie we looked at the incidence and clinical significance of renal infarcts, whether we actually embolized these pre-procedure,
or whether we accidentally covered or intentionally covered an accessory renal artery, what was the outcome of those patients? We see over time, the average renal volume loss, calculated by a CT scan and VAT volume, is about 2.5% if you embolize it
and if you just cover an accessory renal, about 6.4%. But overall, about 4%, didn't change significantly, overall the GFR changed over the lifespan of the first two years of the patient of 0.1, so it wasn't a significant clinical impact on the patient's overall renal function.
Now what about looking at it specifically of what happens when you do branch and fenestrate cases with respect to eGFR and volume of those? We presented this at this past year's SABS, and it is in submission. If you look at the changes of eGFR,
you notice that in the first six months, the patient declines, but not significantly, and then you see in the graph there, it tends to come back up by a year, year and a half. Very similar to what Roy Greenberg published in his initial studies,
but what we did in this study was actually compare it to the age match publications, and you see that eGFR over time was similar to what happens in age-related changes, but we also noticed that 16% of the patients, 9 of 56, had improvement of their eGFR
to greater than 60. Now whether this is just related to the inaccuracy of the eGFR and its variance, or whether we actually improved some renal stenosis, is difficult to tell in this small study. In conclusion, open, fenestrated,
and chimney EVAR procedures are associated with acute kidney injury in approximately 20% of patients. Causes of deterioration are likely multifactorial and may be different for each technique used. Renal infarcts from covering accessory renal arteries
and embolization occur in about a quarter of the patients, and is a small contributor to renal decline over time. Renal decline made after FEVAR is similar to associated with age. Thank you.
- After Dr. Mow-knee's excellent review I don't have much to add here, but just go by here. I have no conflict of interest. As he already said, Takayasu arteritis is a systemic disease, affecting entire wall. It's fundamentally different from atherosclerosis. I like to emphasize once again because same principle
to relieve ischemic symptom based on atherosclerosis should not be applied to Takaysu arteritis. That's what we learned for the last three decade. This is a primarily medical condition to need the medical treatment and not a surgical condition until it develops the complication,
hence the primary aim of treatment is to control active inflammation and induce remission just like Dr. Mow-knew gave a thorough review here. The inflammatory nature of TA waxes and wane with active or chronic system inflammation hence strict control of this condition is absolutely warranted before
any surgical or endovascular management is considered. After all, TA is a medical condition and not a surgical one from the outset. TA has a strong nature of the collateral development to provide excellent natural compensation sufficient to relieve the symptoms in general hence not all symptomatic
lesions actually require the intervention, that's what we also learned, for the intervention accompanied with significant morbidity, we already understand, restenosis, thrombosis, and stroke, etc. So intervention should be reserved for specific indication like uncontrolled hypertension, for example.
Open surgery with bypass has been able to relieve most of lesion to cause acute or chronic insufficiency and remain gold standard but it has excellent track record only for its end stage. It does not provide same good result in early stage. Therefore, bypass surgery should not be considered
as a panacea to relieve all the lesion and remains vulnerable through the rest of the life. So surgery should not be undertaken lightly and good only for those in advanced stage. Nevertheless, diffuse, proximal, multifocal involvement make surgical intervention with bypass often difficult
and such lesion would need some other way to try. That is endovascular approach with angioplastent has proven for safety and also effective alternative method. So main indication for the PTA and stent include clinically ischemia involving one or more vascular bed, we just heard.
Intervention gains popularity especially as interim management for the unsettled case, in particular with multiple lesions. Indeed the results of the endovascular intervention are less encouraging, we already heard, compared to open surgery.
The risk of restenosis in TA is significantly higher reaching over 50% at five years just like Mayo data, like ours data here. Our own results on 24 cases almost identical to what Mayo reported, and some other people as we published already.
So a diligent controlled disease activity prior to and following revascularization is crucial to prevent such complications. So as the conclusion, together with a bypass endovascular management with a PTA stent is now well accepted and symptomatic TA inactive chronic state can be managed
safely either by bypass or endovascular surgery. However, endovascular therapy accompanies higher rate of recurrence. Open surgery at present remains the preferred option delivering better long-term outcome and especially in the advanced stage.
Endovascular intervention fulfills its new role as an interim measure especially for the group open surgery carries too high risk like multivessel involvement. Thank you for attention.
- [Narrator] Thank you, thank you Dr. Veith and the committee for the kind invitation. No related disclosures. Carotid webs are rare, noninflammatory arteriopathy that are also known as pseudovalvular folds, as well as other pseudonyms for this. They are small, shelf-like linear filling defects,
arising posteriorly from the posterior proximal-most ICA and project superiorly into the lumen. They're generally regarded as a developmental anomaly of the brachiocephalic system, and histopathology lacks atheromatous changes and inflammation of the tunica intima.
They may be associated with FMD, or be considered an atypical form of intimal fibroplasia, and generally arise from dysplasia within the media. They will as we will see, carry a considerable stroke risk based on laminar flow disruption and irregular shear profile.
This is the mechanism by which they produce strokes, seen clockwise from the top upper-left. There are areas of stasis in which thrombus can develop behind the web. The thrombus can enlarge and eventually embolize. Operative findings and pathologic findings include
these webs seen here behind this nerve hook, and generally smooth muscle with extensive myxoid degenerative changes. Over the last several years we have treated 10 patients with carotid endarterectomy for symptomatic webs. The mean age of these patients
is generally quite young, in the 40s. The majority are female, one patient had a bilateral web and 70% of these patients had no atherosclerotic risk factors whatsoever. The mean maximum peak systolic velocity on duplex was 77 centimeters,
and five of the cases were closed primarily without a patch. There were no strokes perioperatively in this group, no mortalities, and there have been no new neurological events nor restenosis. Several other groups have looked at this phenomenon as well,
this is a case series of which 7 patients were identified prospectively having had an ischemic stroke. Again, the mean age was young. Of note, five of these patients had a recurrent ipsilateral stroke to the web. No FMD was seen throughout the other vascular beds
and four out of five of these patients, the recurrent patients had CEAs with no recurrence at approximately a year. Another review identified 33 patients who had excellent CAT scan imaging. These were younger patients over a six year period,
with cryptogenic stroke. The prevalence of webs within that group was 21%. Symptomatic patients within that group with webs were 7 patients out of 33 and again you see a young age, predominance of women,
in this study of predominance of African American patients 3 bilateral webs, all patients had MCA infarcts. And oh, 1.6% of the webs in the control group were without a stroke. Another case-control study looked at 62 cases over four years.
They were able to match 53 of these patients with other cerebrovascular pathology, webs were found in 9% of the cases, but only 1% of the controls. And again of the webs, predominance of young patients
and women with two bilateral strokes. So what about diagnosis? Even large webs generally do not meet the velocity criteria for significant stenosis, and while you may see a filling defect, you're generally dependent on B mode imaging,
and having a high level of suspicion, for identifying this process. CTA is the gold standard, it's got rapid, high-resolution imaging, reformatting across planes, makes this an excellent modality
in associated findings of thrombus, and atherosclerosis can also be detected. Angiogram again, as always, gives you a good view of flow dynamics, intra and extra cranial pathology, and in general the finding is of contrast pooling,
which you have to look for behind the web. MRA is one method that's been used to characterize this, in this modality you can see slowed blood flow distal to the web, blood pooling distal to the web, and generally this all leads to an atypical pulsatility, of the carotid wall near the area of the web,
suggesting impaired hemodynamics in this condition. Management is with a carotid endarderectomy which has been the preferred treatment, although some have advocated medical management with formal anticoagulation, patients have had strokes
while on anti platelet therapy, and there are several case series now appearing of acute stroke treated with stents, these are generally delayed following thrombectomy. There's one latrogenic dissection in these groups. These patients have few atherosclerotic risk factors,
in the same demographics as noted above. So in conclusion, these are associated with FMD and intimal fibroplasia. The prevalence is low. The prevalence may be increasing but it's not clear whether this is a true prevalence increase,
or simply increased detection. They're associated with recurrent symptoms even in the setting of adequate medical therapy and is an underappreciated cause of stroke, and are now becoming a recognized, and rather than a cryptogenic cause of stroke.
They are generally not identified by current duplex criteria in asymptomatic patients, and duplex may miss them entirely. Axial imaging is essential and currently we don't stratify these based on either legion characteristics or demographics.
So while the optimal management is not completely defined given the recurrent stroke risk CEA seems prudent especially in young, medically fit patients with or without patch angioplasty, which may have some impact on quality metrics
at least in the United States. We've treated patients with three months of antiplatelet therapy, aspirin indefinitely. Right now the role of statins is undefined, and the durability and role for endovascular approaches remains also undefined.
- Thank you, and thanks to Dr. Veith for the opportunity to share some of our data. These are my disclosures, some devices presented here are investigational and I want to acknowledge my friend Gustavo, who actually shared some of the slides that we'll show. And I want to reference some of his papers. So a spinal cord ischemia has been presented here
as a devastating complication, after both open and endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. The spinal drains are routinely used to ameliorate the frequency and also the severity of spinal cord ischemia, the problem with this trains is that they may result inherent morbidity and mortality.
Now, intraoperative neuromonitoring has been used to not only monitor, but also to manage potential cases of spinal cord ischemia, this is a study by the group at the Mayo Clinic, led by Gustavo. 49 patients, of which 90% had thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, all these patients have spinal drain splice,
spinal cord ischemia was seen in six patients. But interestingly, 63% of the patients had significant decrease in the amplitude of both motor and somatosensory evoked potentials. And interestingly all of these changes came back to baseline except in one patient once
their lower legs were reperfused. However, and despite all of these papers that have, you know, talk about the use of spinal drains for endovascular reparative thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms against the effectiveness of the spinal drains has not been shown.
And the aim of our study was to assess the outcomes of spinal cord protection without the routine use of spinal drains. We actually has some complications in this report, we decided that we were going to use only selectively in our series, the device is used for this in patients
were all part of a physician-sponsored investigational device exemption, demonstrating branch devices were used including the drainage device. We use a similar protocol as the one described by the Mayo Clinic group, which rely on permissive hypertension maintaining the maps above 90 or 100,
and the systolic pressures above 140. However, as mentioned, we did not place spinal drains routinely, the spinal drains were only considered in those patients that had persistent motor evoked potential deficits, at the end of the procedure. Once the legs have been reperfused, we did not use
conduits, we did percutaneous access in all patients. But of note, we did use endo conduits in all patients that have significant iliocclusive disease, not only to be able to deliver the device, but also to maintain flow to the lower extremities, to avoid distal ischemia. So 34 patients were enrolled in this study,
all patients had intraoperative neuromonitoring, and select spinal drains were placed. 10 patients, 29%, were extent 4 thoracoabdominal repairs, and 24 were extent type one to three. Important all patients with type one and three thoracoabdominal aneurysms underwent a staged repair.
We use in 20% of the cases off-the-shelf device is specifically the debranch, and 80% underwent custom made devices, all these devices were pre-loaded with wires. So, of these patients, 73 were male, 9% Type I, 38% Type II, 24% were Type III,
and 29% were Type IV. We saw significant changes in the evoked potentials in 80% of the patients. In all of them those changes came back to baseline except in one patient, who actually had a spinal drain at the end of the procedure.
30-day mortality in two patients, spinal drain was required eventually in only four patients, that's 12%. One because of sustained changes in the motor evoked potentials, spinal cord ischemia occurred in four patients, in all cases secondary to hypertension. After a procedure, in these cases two were permanent,
the cases had spinal drain splice, however, the deficit persisted, two had transient paraplegia, one resolved with permissive hypertension, and one resolved with a spinal drainage, I mean, the spinal drain was only effective in half of those patients. We did have two cases of intracranial bleeding,
associated with hypertension. So in conclusions, we don't believe that the spinal drains are necessary in all patients. A standard protocol that relies on perioperative maintenance of adequate blood pressure in intraoperative neuralmonitoring is however required.
And we believe that tight blood pressure control is mandatory to avoid possible complications related to uncontrolled hypertension, thank you.
- Thanks (mumbles) I have no disclosures. So when were talking about treating thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms in patients with chronic aortic dissections, these are some of the most difficult patients to treat. I thought it would be interesting
to just show you a case that we did. This is a patient, you can see the CT scrolling through, Type B dissection starts pretty much at the left subclavian, aneurysmal. It's extensive dissection that involves the thoracic aorta, abdominal aorta,
basically goes down to the iliac arteries. You can see the celiac, SMA, renals at least partially coming off the true and continues all the way down. It's just an M2S reconstruction. You can see again the extent of this disease and what makes this so difficult in that it extends
from the entire aorta, up proximally and distally. So what we do for this patient, we did a left carotid subclavian bypass, a left external to internal iliac artery bypass. We use a bunch of thoracic stent grafts and extended that distally.
You can see we tapered down more distally. We used an EVAR device to come from below. And then a bunch of parallel grafts to perfuse our renals and SMA. I think a couple take-home messages from this is that clearly you want to preserve the branches
up in the arch. The internal iliac arteries are, I think, very critical for perfusing the spinal cord, especially when you are going to cover this much. And when you are dealing with these dissections, you have to realize that the true lumens
can become quite small and sometimes you have to accommodate for that by using smaller thoracic endografts. So this is just what it looks like in completion. You can see how much metal we have in here. It's a full metal jacket of the aorta, oops.
We, uh, it's not advancing. Oops, is it 'cause I'm pressing in it or? All right, here we go. And then two years post-op, two years post-op, you can see what this looks like. The false lumen is completely thrombosed and excluded.
You can see the parallel grafts are all open. The aneurysm sac is regressing and this patient was successfully treated. So what are some of the tips and tricks of doing these types of procedures. Well we like to come in from the axillary artery.
We don't perform any conduits. We just stick the axillary artery separately in an offset manner and place purse-string sutures. You have to be weary of manipulating around the aortic arch, especially if its a more difficult arch, as well as any thoracic aortic tortuosity.
Cannulating of vessels, SMA is usually pretty easy, as you heard earlier. The renals and celiac can be more difficult, depending upon the angles, how they come off, and the projection. You want to make sure you maintain a stiff wire,
when you do get into these vessels. Using a Coda balloon can be helpful, as sometimes when you're coming from above, the wires and catheters will want to reflux into that infrarenal aorta. And the Coda balloon can help bounce that up.
What we do in situations where the Coda doesn't work is we will come in from below and a place a small balloon in the distal renal artery to pin the catheters, wires and then be able to get the stents in subsequently. In terms of the celiac artery,
if you're going to stent it, you want to make sure, your wire is in the common hepatic artery, so you don't exclude that by accident. I find that it is just simpler to cover, if the collaterals are intact. If there is a patent GDA on CT scan,
we will almost always cover it. You can see here that robust collateral pathway through the GDA. One thing to be aware of is that you are going to, if you're not going to revascularize the celiac artery you may need to embolize it.
If its, if the endograft is not going to oppose the origin of the celiac artery in the aorta because its aneurysmal in that segment. In terms of the snorkel extent, you want to make sure, you get enough distal purchase. This is a patient intra-procedurally.
We didn't get far enough and it pulled out and you can see we're perfusing the sac. It's critical that the snorkel or parallel grafts extend above the most proximal extent of your aortic endograft or going to go down. And so we take a lot of care looking at high resolution
pictures to make sure that our snorkel and parallel grafts are above the aortic endograft. This is just a patient just about a year or two out. You can see that the SMA stent is pulling out into the sac. She developed a endoleak from the SMA,
so we had to come in and re-extend it more distally. Just some other things I mentioned a little earlier, you want to consider true lumen space preserve the internals, and then need to sandwich technique to shorten the parallel grafts. Looking at a little bit of literature,
you can see this is the PERCLES Registry. There is a number of type four thoracos that are performed here with good results. This is a paper looking at parallel grafting and 31 thoracoabdominal repairs. And you can see freedom from endoleaks,
chimney graft patency, as well as survival is excellent. This was one looking purely at thoracoabdominal aneurysm repairs. There are 32 altogether and the success rates and results were good as well. And this was one looking at ruptures,
where they found that there was a mean 20% sac shrinkage rate and all endografts remained patent. So conclusion I think that these are quite difficult to do, but with good techniques, they can be done successfully. Thank you.
- Sam, Louis, thank you very much. I also kind of reduced the title to make it fit in a slide. Those are my disclosures. We've switched to using a hybrid room routinely a couple of years ago and what happened then is that we started using 3D imaging
to guide us during the procedure using a fusion overlay. Obviously this was a huge benefit but the biggest benefit was actually 3D imaging at the end of the procedure so rather than doing an AP fluoro run, we would do a 3D acquisition in a cone beam CT
and have those reconstructions available to check technical success and to fix any issues. We've been using this technique to perform translumbar type 2 endoleak treatment and what we do is we do a cone beam CT non contrast and we fuse the pre-op CT on top of this cone beam CT
and it's actually quite easy to do because you can do it with the spine but also obviously with the endograft so it's a registration on the graft on top of the endograft and then the software is really straightforward. You just need to define a target in the middle
of the endoleak. You need to define where you want to puncture the skin and then the system will automatically generate to you a bull-eye view which is a view where you puncture the back of the patient and the progression view you obviously see the needle
go all the way to your target. And what is interesting is that if you reach the target and if you don't have a backflow so you're not in the endoleak, you have this stereo 3D software which is interesting because you do two lateral fluoro runs
and then you check the position of the needle and then it shows you on the pre-op CT where you are. So here in this specific patient, I didn't advance the needle far enough. I was still in the aortic wall,
that's why I didn't get backflow so I just slightly advanced the needle and I got backflow and I could finish the embolization by injecting contrast, close and then ONYX to completely exclude this type 2 endoleak. So now let's go to our focus today is fenestrated endograft.
You see this patient that were treated with a fenestration and branches. You can see that the selective angio in the left renal looks really good but if on the cone beam CT at the end of the procedure we actually had a kink on the left renal stent
so because I had depicted it right away at the end of the procedure I could fix it right away so this is not a secondary procedure. This is done during the index procedure so I'll go directly to what we did is we reinflated a ballon,
we re-fed the balloon and then had a nice result but what happen if you actually fail to catheterize? This was the case in this patient. You see the left renal stent is completely collapsed. I never managed to get a wire from the aortic lumen and back into the renal artery
so we position the patient in the lateral position, did a cone beam CT and used the same software so the target is now the renal artery just distal to this crushed renal stent and we punctured this patient back in the target and so you can see is right here
and you can see that the puncturing the back. We've reached the renal artery, pushed a wire through the stent now in the artery lumen and snared the wire and over this through and through wire coming out from the back we managed
to reopen this kinked left renal stent. You can see here the result from this procedure and this was published a couple of years, two years ago. Now another example, you can see here the workflow. I'm actually advancing the needle in the back
of the patient, looking at the screen and you can see in this patient that had a longer renal stent I actually punctured the renal stent right away because at the end of the procedure I positioned another covered stent inside
to exclude this puncture site and then, oops sorry, and then, can we go to the, yeah great thank you. And then I advance the wire again through this kinked renal stent into the endograft lumen and this is a snare from the groin
and I got the wire out from the groin. So you see the wire is coming from the back of the patient here, white arrow, to the groin, red arrow and this is the same patient another view and over this through and through wire
we manged to re advance and reopen this stent and we actually kinked the stent by getting the system of branched endograft through a previous fenestrated repair and fortunately my fellow told me at the end of the procedure we should check the FEVAR
with a cone beam CT and this is how we depicted this kink. So take home message, it's a very easy, straightforward workflow. It's a dedicated workflow that we use for type 2 endoleak embolization. We have this intermediate assessment with Stereo 3D
that helps us to check where we are so with 3D imaging after the learning curve it's become routine and we have new workflows like this way of salvaging a kinked renal stent. Thank you very much for your attention.
- Thank you. Thank you again for the invitation, and also my talk concerns the use of new Terumo Aortic stent graft for the arch. And it's the experience of three different countries in Europe. There's no disclosure for this topic.
Just to remind what we have seen, that there is some complication after surgery, with mortality and the stroke rate relatively high. So we try to find some solution. We have seen that we have different options, it could be debranching, but also
we know that there are some complications with this technique, with the type A aortic dissection by retrograde way. And also there's a way popular now, frozen elephant trunk. And you can see on the slide the principle.
But all the patients are not fit for this type of surgery. So different techniques have been developed for endovascular options. And we have seen before the principle of Terumo arch branch endograft.
One of the main advantages is a large window to put the branches in the different carotid and brachiocephalic trunk. And one of the benefit is small, so off-the-shelf technique, with one size for the branch and different size
for the different carotids. This is a more recent experience, it's concerning 15 patients. And you can see the right column that it is. All the patients was considered unfit for conventional surgery.
If we look about more into these for indication, we can see four cases was for zone one, seven cases for zone two, and also four cases for zone three. You can see that the diameter of the ascending aorta, the min is 38,
and for the innominate artery was 15, and then for left carotid was eight. This is one example of what we can obtain with this type of handling of the arch with a complete exclusion of the lesion, and we exclude the left sonography by plyf.
This is another, more complex lesion. It's actually a dissection and the placement of a stent graft in this area. So what are the outcomes of patients? We don't have mortality, one case of hospital mortality.
We don't have any, sorry, we have one stroke, and we can see the different deaths during the follow-up. If we look about the endoleaks, we have one case of type three endoleak started by endovascular technique,
and we have late endoleaks with type one endoleaks. In this situation, it could be very difficult to treat the patient. This is the example of what we can observe at six months with no endoleak and with complete exclusion of the lesion.
But we have seen at one year with some proximal type one endoleak. In this situation, it could be very difficult to exclude this lesion. We cannot propose this for this patient for conventional surgery, so we tried
to find some option. First of all, we tried to fix the other prosthesis to the aortic wall by adjusted technique with a screw, and we can see the fixation of the graft. And later, we go through the,
an arrangement inside the sac, and we put a lot of colors inside so we can see the final results with complete exclusion. So to conclude, I think that this technique is very useful and we can have good success with this option, and there's a very low
rate of disabling stroke and endoleaks. But, of course, we need more information, more data. Thank you very much for your attention.
- Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ladies and gentleman. I'd also like to thank Dr. Veith for the kind invitation. This presentation really ties to the presentation of Erik Verhoven, I believe. These are my disclosures. So we basically have, obviously, two problems. We treat a dynamic disease by fairly static means.
One of the problems, a local problem, is aortic neck degeneration which is the problem basically of progression of disease. We know in general if you stent them, if you operate them, if you don't treat them they will just dilate and it's a question of time
whether you have a problem or not. So, they will inevitably, if patients live long enough, cause a change of geometry of the aorta and the branch vessels and that cause obviously, that can cause stent fractures and other problems.
That's just one of many papers Erik also has shown a migrated graft. With his fenestrated grafts showing that the problem is also prevalent in M stents and Z stents, and obviously also in
as in the Fenestrated Anaconda. So I'll talk briefly about our experience. In Vienna where we have treated so far 179 patients with either double, triple, or quadruple fenestrated grafts. Majority nowadays are quadruple in our series
where we have also treated patients with extensions of thoracic stent grafts or extensions further down to the iliac arteries. In these patients we've had relevant neck degenerations in five cases. Where either the branches had issues
or the graft had migrated relevantly. And these basically represent three different faces of the problem. So one is neck degeneration with migration and loss of seal. Certainly the biggest problem that can cause ruptures. That's one of the cases in 2015
what is certainly important is to have a look at the super celiac area of the aorta and you see it's degenerated, it's dilated. So we have a nice ring of aorta at the visceral segment but above it wasn't. And it was a
you see the saddle of the stent graft and one and a half years later the saddle (cough) has flattened out. We've had a stent fracture of the left renal stent.
We screwed it with anchors and fixed the stent graft. We believe that's going to be the solution. We were wrong. Yet anothe leak and a further migration of the case.
So we had to put in a thoracic endograft and bring in a 4 fen and a mono-iliac crossover solution. The other problem would be neck degeneration or progression of disease without migration or loss of seal. As in this case where we have implanted a 4 fen case and you can see here that there is
a diseased proportion of the thoracic aorta. Could look like a penetrating ulcer. And again we had to put in a thoracic stent graft and a 4 fen solution with a mono-iliac ending and a crossover. What's more important, I believe,
is the progression of general, generalized aortic disease. So there is no real migration, as in this case in 2013. You can see a nice saddle and very straight iliac limbs. 2018 you can see that the saddle is actually flattened out. Renal arteries look upwards, so you would actually believe in
a migration of the stent graft. Also if you look at the iliac limbs you can see that they have actually compressed somewhat. But if you look closely at the difference between the ring and the SMA, so that's lateral view, you can see that there is no difference.
The stent graft actually has not migrated. What happened is that the patient developed a thoracic aneurysm of 7.5cm and the whole aorta is not only increased in diameter but also in length. So the whole thing has moved its confirmation without basically a migration of the
not yet. So, Mr Chairman, Ladies a lessons we have learned is- and I could also repeat wh
seal in the healthiest proportion of the aorta. So if you see a nice visceral ring and above that you see a diseased proportion of the aorta, as in this case, where you have already a degenerated thoracic aorta.
You should really treat this as well and not go for a 2 or 3 fen case. And also the progressio the general progression of disease is an issue. So even if you have no migrations
you may end up with real problems and target vessel occlusions or stent graft fractures. Thank you very much
- Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Good morning ladies and gentleman. I have nothing to disclose. Reportedly, up to 50 percent of TEVARs need a left subclavian artery coverage. It raises a question should revascularization cover the subclavian artery or not?
It will remain the question throughout the brachiograph available to all of us. SVS guidelines recommend routine revascularization in patients who need elective TEVAR with the left subclavian artery coverage. However, this recommendation
was published almost ten years ago based on the data probably even published earlier. So, we did nationwide in patient database analysis, including 7,773 TEVARs and 17% of them had a left subclavian artery revascularization.
As you can see from this slide, the SVS guideline did affect decision making since it was published in 2009, the left subclavian artery revascularization numbers have been significantly increased, however, it's still less than 20%.
As we mentioned, 50% of patient need coverage, but only less than 20% of patient had a revascularization. In the patient group with left subclavian artery revascularization, then we can see the perioperative mortality and morbidities are higher in the patient
who do not need a revascularization. We subgroup of these patient into Pre- and Post-TEVAR revascularization, as you can see. In a Post-TEVAR left subclavian revascularization group, perioperative mortality and major complications are higher than the patient who had a revascularization before TEVAR.
In terms of open versus endovascular revascularization, endovascular group has fewer mortality rate and major complications. It's safer, but open bypass is more effective, and durable in restoring original profusion. In summary, TEVAR with required left subclavian artery
revascularization is associated with higher rates of perioperative mortality and morbidities. Routine revascularization may not be necessary, however, the risks of left subclavian artery coverage must be carefully evaluated before surgery.
Those risk factors are CABG using LIMA. Left arm AV fistula, AV graft for hemodialysis. Dominant left vertebral artery. Occluded right vertebral artery. Significant bilateral carotid stenosis.
Greater than 20% of thoracic aorta is going to be or has been covered. And a history of open or endovascular aneurysm repair. And internal iliac artery occlusion or it's going to be embolized during the procedure. If a patient with those risk factors,
and then we recommend to have a left subclavian artery revascularization, and it should be performed before TEVAR with lower complications. Thank you very much.
- Thanks, Germano. Thanks, Gustavo. These are my disclosures as it pertains to this talk. I will be talking about the devices not yet FDA approved in the U.S. for use. We know that with endovascular repair, we need to consider all the aspects
and how we can potentially get this therapy into more people's hands. So, the Gore Company really talked to many of the key opinion leaders about the steps in doing these types of cases, how to make them simple,
they talked about anatomic screening and case planning needs to be thoughtful and careful. We emphasized with them the need to have minimized aortic coverage to limit spinal cord ischemic risk and also to talk about real world applicability
and make sure the device can be used in a wide variety of patients and not in a limited subset. If you look at the other device that has extensive use with off-the-shelf thoracoabdominal repairs, it really involves the t-Branch.
In this case, the device generally requires coverage up through 11 centimeters above the celiac artery. Marcella Ferrara has described ways to limit that with modification of the device but this is it in its current stage. With that, W.L. Gore really came up with a device
that shortened that length. It generally requires about six and a half centimeters of coverage above the celiac artery. It has been designed to work with their balloon-expandable VIABAHN device. You see on the right there,
the device has four preloaded hypo-tubes. That allows for passing four wires in to pre-catheterize each of the branches. That wire system is then brought out through a subclavian access, either right or left, through a DrySeal sheath
that then allows the implantation device in the deployment. The sequential deployment is done with the device being partially open. The portals are then catheterized from above, as you see on the far left,
and the wires placed in that. Once those have been successfully done, the branch stints are placed and then eventually the distal device is deployed and then the distal completion with the bifurcated and iliac components as necessary.
Now the technical aspects of this has been presented at this meeting and has recently been submitted and accepted for publication in JVS. Dr. Oderich is the lead author on this and really comprises the initial 13 implants with the 30-day outcomes.
Now those outcomes really focus on two things, you see the mean procedure time can vary quite a bit. That really depends upon some of the aspects about use of different axillary catheters and thoraco sheaths to get it done. But the other main thing was the blood loss
which can exceed, in a few cases, quite a bit. And that, in this trial, was mainly because they used the 12 French Flexible Cook Ansel Sheath and not the DrySeal. Once we moved to the DrySeal sheath, we see that the number of amount of blood loss
through the central port is a lot less and that's going to limit that in the future trial. Now, currently there have been 16 worldwide implants and this comprises the entire cohort that's been done. You see that early on, we only had access to the retrograde and about a third of the patients
had retrograde renal portals but since that time, mid Spring of 2016, we moved to an anterograde version alone. Most cases are type four thoracos that were done in this initial experience. What about the short-term outcomes?
Well the short-term outcomes are about 18 months. Overall survival 92 percent. One patient presented four months with multi-system failure from three vessels being occluded. The right renal had already been occluded at the time of the initial implant.
Serious adverse events. About 46 percent of patients, which is very typical, acute kidney injury and only 23 percent, and no type one or three endoleaks. There have been seven branch vessel occlusions, four in that one patient that presented acutely,
one patient a year and a half with renal artery occlusions from severe dehydration and one unilateral renal artery occulusion at approximately six months. That was managed with lysis and stenting. No difference in occlusion rates
between anterograde and retrograde. So in conclusion, the TAMBE device has completed its feasibility study with similar results for complete endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal aneurisms. Longer follow-up and a Pivotal study are planned
in pursuit of FDA approval. Thank you.
- Thank you, Kieth, and thanks, Frank, for the kind invitation. So, we have dealt with about 34 of infected aortic graft pathology in our center, and performed 19 femoral vein neo-aortas, which I'm going to talk about it today. As you can see, majority of them had staph,
or strep infection and a significant number also salmonella. So the procedure starts by harvesting the femoral vein, and some of the steps have already been shown to you by Jim. The important thing is to make sure that the branches are all looked for, dissected nicely, and sutured,
so that there's no leak, when you actually construct the graft. The sartorius is mobilized, and under the sartorius the femoral vein is dissected all the way up to the profunda junction. You want to make sure that the profunda drainage
into the common femoral vein is preserved. And the distal limit has to be limited to the superior genicular venous branches so that the popliteal connections are all maintained, and this is how it looks on the top end, after you have done it.
On doing a replacement for the whole aorta, then my preferred technique is to harvest both sides, femoral veins and the right side is also done in a similar fashion. And here, again, profunda is preserved and both femoral veins are then lined up
and they are, any other branches which have escaped are then oversewed. And the direction of the vein is then determined so that you can create anastomosis with the two veins. So once all the branches have been relegated the veins are then incised and spatulated
to make the anastomosis with each other, creating a bifurcated graft. The important thing is to have a really good, watertight suturing and once this is done, you have a nice bifurcated graft. The other thing to be very careful,
is not to take too much tissue at the lower junction here, so that the lumen is not narrowed. I take sutures quite close by, rather than the usual .5 millimeter, I take .3 or less and make it as watertight as possible.
Then we test it for leakages, and once we are satisfied, we go over to the aorta. Here we dissect our, this is a mycotic aneurysm that we have done and here the aorta, aortic, first the iliac arteries are mobilized and I then mobilize the opposite
common iliac artery, as well. Once both of these are clamped, we go over to the neck. And this is clamping the common iliac arteries. Then we go over to the neck, and we clamp the neck of the aneurysm.
The infected tissue, which is very adherent, is then mobilized to open the aorta, and once the aorta is open, the neck is identified and we start off approximal anastomosis. Just in the same fashion as my previous speaker alluded, we put stitches starting at three o'clock
and then going posteriorly, and then coming anteriorly and going laterally, to complete the anastomosis. And once this is done the patency is tested, and whatever leaks are repaired. And then the distal anastomosis is done.
And this is how it looks at the end. This has worked very well for us. And this is how it looks on follow-up, this a MR angiogram which is a good incorporation of the neo-aorta and also the venous side, you see a good Profundization.
So femoral neo-aorta is a viable option and it can be performed with low mortality and morbidity. Thank you.
- Thank you Rod and Frank, and thanks Doctor Veeth for the opportunity to share with you our results. I have no disclosures. As we all know, and we've learned in this session, the stakes are high with TEVAR. If you don't have the appropriate device, you can certainly end up in a catastrophe
with a graph collapse. The formerly Bolton, now Terumo, the RelayPlus system is very unique in that it has a dual sheath, for good ability to navigate through the aortic arch. The outer sheath provides for stability,
however, the inner sheath allows for an atraumatic advancement across the arch. There's multiple performance zones that enhance this graph, but really the "S" shape longitudinal spine is very good in that it allows for longitudinal support.
However, it's not super stiff, and it's very flexible. This device has been well studied throughout the world as you can see here, through the various studies in the US, Europe, and global. It's been rigorously studied,
and the results are excellent. The RelayPlus Type I endoleak rate, as you can see here, is zero. And, in one of the studies, as you can see here, relative to the other devices, not only is it efficacious, but it's safe as well,
as you can see here, as a low stroke rate with this device. And that's probably due to the flexible inner sheath. Here again is a highlight in the Relay Phase II trial, showing that, at 27 sites it was very effective, with zero endoleak, minimal stent migration, and zero reported graph collapses.
Here again you can see this, relative to the other devices, it's a very efficacious device, with no aneurism ruptures, no endoleaks, no migration, and no fractures. What I want to take the next couple minutes to highlight, is not only how well this graph works,
but how well it works in tight angles, greater than 90 degrees. Here you can see, compliments and courtesy of Neal Cayne, from NYU, this patient had a prior debranching, with a ascending bypass, as you can see here.
And with this extreme angulation, you can see that proximally the graph performs quite well. Here's another case from Venke at Arizona Heart, showing how well with this inner sheath, this device can cross through, not only a tortuous aorta, but prior graphs as well.
As you can see, screen right, you can see the final angiogram with a successful result. Again, another case from our colleagues in University of Florida, highlighting how this graph can perform proximally with severe angulation
greater than 90 degrees. And finally, one other case here, highlighting somebody who had a prior repair. As you can see there's a pseudoaneurysm, again, a tight proximal, really mid aortic angle, and the graph worked quite well as you can see here.
What I also want to kind of remind everybody, is what about the distal aorta? Sometimes referred to as the thoracic aorta, or the ox bow, as you can see here from the ox bow pin. Oftentimes, distally, the aorta is extremely tortuous like this.
Here's one of our patients, Diana, that we treated about a year and a half ago. As you can see here, not only you're going to see the graph performs quite well proximally, but also distally, as well. Here Diana had a hell of an angle, over 112 degrees,
which one would think could lead to a graph collapse. Again, highlighting this ox bow kind of feature, we went ahead and placed our RelayPlus graph, and you can see here, it not only performs awesome proximally, but distally as well. And again, that's related to that
"S" shaped spine that this device has. So again, A, it's got excellent proximal and distal seal, but not only that, patency as well, and as I mentioned, she's over a year and a half out. And quite an excellent result with this graph. So in summary, the Terumo Aortic Relay stent graph is safe,
effective, it doesn't collapse, and it performs well, especially in proximal and distal severe angulations. Thank you so much.
- Thank you so much. Seattle, like many other cities in the U.S. is facing a terrible, heroin epidemic crisis. We are the safety net for these patients. I was honored, when I was asked to came and share with you how we manage these patients at Harrow View Medical Center. Over the last few years, we have educated our ED doctors,
in order to avoid over-head page to vascular surgery. That they don't do any I&Ds at the bedside. If a patient with a history of IV drug use present with induration or pain on the groin. On those patients, they get triaged for sepsis, they get an IV access, can take some time.
They take labs, including blood cultures. If we can, we do ABIs, this is during the day, and we start the patient on broad-spectrum antibiotics. After that, the patient goes for a CAT Scan. The CAT Scan is really useful for us, it help us not only see the anatomy,
see if the cell is coming close to the external iliac or close to the bifurcation. But maybe even more important, it help us, and you can see the upper emissions, find a lot of needles that have broke and left over by the patients that --
It's a huge hassle for your team in the operating room. So once we have the CAT Scan. We go to the operating room, we get the patient under general anesthesia, we puncture the contralateral side, and this is our preferred method to
take care of this patient. We go up and over, we put the sheath at the end of the external iliac artery, we give some heparin, we do an angiogram that shows exactly where is the injury and we put an occlusion balloon,
usually like a 7 by 60 does the job. Once we have the ballon, we can then ride directly in the pseudoaneurysm. When you open, you take out all the clot and puss and all that tissue. And once you irrigate and debride,
you will see at the bottom, your wound. Usually you see the balloon inside the artery, with a rupture wall, and the proximal ends of the artery. So what we do with with arterial ligation, we resect to help the artery until we gain control, we paralyze vessel loops, remove the balloon
and we do the ligation both the stems and usually we try to preserve the bifurcation. It is a long puncture, it's not possible, we try to preserve our zincuflex, so the patient will have a collateral pathway to their leg. After that, we try to approximate the tissue on top,
or we do an sartorius flap. Now our patient that use black tar heroine, sometimes there's too much inflammation, too much puss, we just put the dressing and we come back in a couple of days for a wash out, to take care of the wound.
After that, the patient goes to intensive care unit, and you will notice that I didn't mention, we ever raise the foot. We don't put any pulse oximeters or do any studies. The foot is going to be okay. The patients usually have some kind of chronic compression
previously and they will tolerate ischemia pretty well. Patient goes to the ICU and the first thing that we do, we avoid hypotension, but we call ID and Pain Service. This patient's outcomes are going to be better if the pain is going to be well controlled, because they will be compliant with the treatment.
ID recommends that antibiotics treatment and helps with management other comorbidities. I know we're starting to have a lot of patients that have PE's during admission, so we try to rule out DVT study and we'll start the patients in treatment.
When we look at our cases, we have more than 50% patient that present with bacteremia, and of those, almost 40% was due to MRSA, so it's a very severe condition that the patient require several weeks of IV antibiotics. Post OP ABI, immediately,
we have a median of 0.41, so the leg is viable. And our amputation rate for these patients is very low. We have only lost 4 legs and of those 4 legs that we have to amputate, 2 patients we revascularized the immediate post-op period and both were infected.
So we actually avoid actively doing revascularizations in the accurate period. In conclusion, the vascular emergencies due to IV drug use are increasing and we as vascular surgeons should be prepared to deal with this and educate our colleagues
on how to treat them. Femoral artery ligation is well tolerated and we recommend not performing an immediate revascularization. The amputate rate is low and ID and Pain Service collaboration is essential for these procedures. Thank you so much.
- Thank you very much for the presentation. Here are my disclosures. So, unlike the predecessor, Zenith Alpha has nitinol stents and a modular design, which means that the proximal component has this rather gentle-looking bear stents and downward-looking barbs.
And the distal part has upward-looking barbs. And it is a lower-profile device. We reported our first 42 patients in 2014. And now for this meeting we updated our experience to 167 patients operated in the last five years.
So this includes 89 patients with thoracic aneurysms. 24 patients in was the first step of complex operations for thoracoabdominals. We have 24 cases in the arch, 19 dissections, and 11 cases were redos. And this stent graft can be used as a single stent graft,
in this case most of the instances the proximal component is used or it can be used with both components as you can see. So, during the years we moved from surgical access to percutaneous access and now most of the cases are being done percutaneously
and if this is not the case, it's probably because we need some additional surgical procedures, such as an endarterectomy or in cases of aorto-iliac occlusive disease, which was present in 16% of our patients, we are going to need the angioplasty,
this was performed in 7.7% of cases. And by this means all the stent grafts were managed to be released in the intended position. As far as tortuosity concerned, can be mild, moderate, or severe in 6.6% of cases and also in this severe cases,
with the use of a brachio-femoral wire, we managed to cross the iliac tortuosity in all the cases. Quite a challenging situation was when we have an aortic tortuosity, which is also associated with a previous TEVAR. And also in this instances,
with the help of a brachio-femoral wire, all stent grafts were deployed in intended position. We have also deployed this device both in chronic and acute subacute cases. So this can be the topic for some discussion later on. And in the environment of a hybrid treatment,
with surgical branching of the supoaortic tranch, which is offered to selected patients, we have used this device in the arch in a number of cases, with good results. So as far as the overall 30-day results concerned, we had 97.7% of technical success,
with 1.2% of mortality, and endoleaks was low. And so were reinterventions, stroke rate was 1.2%, and the spinal cord injury was 2.4%. By the way we always flash the graft with CO2 before deployment, so this could be helpful. Similar results are found in the literature,
there are three larger series by Illig, Torsello, and Starnes. And they all reported very good technical success and low mortality. So in conclusion, chairmen and colleagues, Zenith Alpha has extended indications
for narrow access vessels, provide safe passage through calcified and tortuous vessels, minimize deployment and release force, high conformability, it does retain the precision and control of previous generation devices,
however we need a longer term follow up to see this advantages are maintained over time. Thank you very much.
- This is from some work in collaboration with my good friend, Mike Dake. And, a couple of years of experience at Stanford now. First described by Kazy? years ago. This technical note of using multiple main-body endographs in a sandwich formation.
Up at the top but, then yielding multiple branches to get out to the visceral vessels and leaving one branch for a bifurcated graft. We've sort of modified it a little bit and generally either use multiple
grafts in order to create a branch the celiac and SMA. Left the celiac sometimes for a chimney, but the strategy really has been in one of the limbs to share both renals and the limb that goes down to the legs. We noticed early on that this really was not for
non-operative candidates, only for urgent cases and we recognize that the visceral branches were the most important to be in their own limb. I'll just walk you through a case. 6.8 centimeter stent for foraco above
the prior opened repair. The plan drawn out here with multiple main bodies and a second main body inside in order to create the multiple branches. The first piece goes in. It's balloon molded at the level of pulmonary
vein with enough length so that the ipsalateral limb is right next to the celiac. And we then, from above get into that limb and down into the celiac vessel and extend with either a limb or a viabahn. Next, we deploy a second main body inside
of the gate, thus creating now another two limbs to work through. And then through that, extend in its own branch a limb to the SMA. This was an eight by 79 vbx. Then we've got a third limb to go through.
We put a cuff that measures about 14. This is the math so that the double renal snorkle plus the main body fills up this hole. Now, double sheath access from above, looking for both renals. Sheaths out into both renals with viabahns
inside of that. Deployment of the bottom device and then a final angiogram with a little bit of a gutter that we often see when we have any kind of parallel graft configuration. Here's the post-op CT scan wherein
that limb is the two shared renals with the leg. This is the one year post-op with no endo leaks, successful exclusion of this. Here's another example of one of an eight and a half centimeter stent three thorico similar strategy, already with an occluded
celiac. Makes it a little bit easier. One limb goes down to the superior mesenteric artery and then the other limb then is shared again bilateral renals in the lower main body. Notice in this configuration you can get all the way up to the top then by putting a thoracic component
inside of the bifurcated subabdominal component. There's the final CT scan for that. We've spent some time looking at the different combinations of how these things will fill up to minimize the gutters through some more work. In collaboration with some friends in Kampala.
So we've treated 21 patients over the last couple of years. 73 years of age, 48 percent female usual comorbid factors. Oh, I thought I had more data there to show you. O.K. I thought this was a four minute talk.
Look at that. I'm on time. Octopus endovascular strategy is a feasible off the shelf solution for high risk patients that can't undergo open repair. You know obviously, sort of in this forum and coming to this meeting we see what's
available outside of the U.S. and I certainly am awaiting clinical trial devices that will have purpose specific teacher bi-graphs. The end hospital morbidity has still been high, at four percent. The one year survival of 71 percent in this select
group of 21 patients is acceptable. Paraplegia is still an issue even when we stage them and in this strategy you can stage them by just doing the top part plus the viscerals first and leaving the renals for another day. And branch patency thus far has been
in the short term similar to the purpose specific graft as well as with the parallel graft data. Thank you.
- Thank you very much Germano. Thanks to Dr. Veith for inviting us and allowing us to present this here. This is work that we've done in a group in Hamburg together with Nikolaos Tsilimparis. And these are my disclosures. It's been now, more than 15 years ago
that branched endografting has been introduced as a technique for thoracoabdominal aneurysms. And for about five years we have access to the T-Branch device as we've learned from the presentations before. And as we heard from Mark Farber
there's more companies going into that space. In Europe it's also the JOTEC company, which is CryoLife now, and we will, I believe, see more companies going into this space. So, about access, we've been discussing in the past
very much about whether right or left side is the better, or safer, access for branched TEVAR, and at that moment in this publication from our center, we phrased this, the unavoidable use of an upper extremity access. We show you that we've been believing that it's unavoidable.
But is it really unavoidable? In some cases I believe it should be avoided, because we have aortic branch vessels that are occluded, thrombotic, we have AV-fistulas and LIMA Bypasses that we may risk. And we may have antegrade branches
from previous artery repair which we would judge as almost a no antegrade access option here. So what can we do in those cases? And furthermore, upper extremity access has complications and it comes at a cost.
Not only hematoma and nerve damage, plexus damage at the access site, but also stroke is reported being a complication of arm access. We've looked into our experience from two years and found that about 5% of patients needed
some sort of re-operations from complications of upper extremity access, and this is just one of the more severe complications we had with a brachial on the stick due to too small access vessels. Another point is radiation.
Because radiation also as we've shown here, this is unpublished data, is significantly higher if a operator stands at the arm compared to standing at the groin. Is it really unavoidable? If we think about this as our traditional access,
but how about this? I know this has been used a lot in fenestrated endografting. But we started applying this technology also for branched endografting to avoid upper extremity access. First case that we did was a patient
that had an irregular orifice of the right renal artery and it was only one branch that we didn't want to go through all the hassle with upper extremity access. You see here, steerable sheath. You can very well attach that artery without upper extremity access.
Next case, for fenestrated and branched, then have one branch difficult celiac artery, very small stenotic orifice from a large aneurism, but it was attachable from the groin, a good result. Next case, two branches, two fenestrations. As you can imagine,
it also went well for the SMA and for the celiac with a good result without the need of touching arm, without the need going through the arch. This is a more severe one. This is a redo after EVAR patient with an occluded one-sided iliac lack
and a crossover bypass. This is the SMA. This is the right renal artery. You see that we were able to complete this repair from one access side alone, doing a full four-branch thoracoabdominal repair using steerable sheaths.
This series has been recently published as a case series, but we have extended on that experience. I can tell you in all patients that we tried to do it, it was possible to avoid the upper extremity access. Concluding: Endovascular repair has matured over years
and can, in my view, be considered gold-standard for thoracoabdominal repair. Upper extremity access is avoidable if possible. Success rate of femoral access with steerable sheath is safe. And I thank you very much for your attention.
- Good afternoon. So as we've already heard, traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children over the age of one. Fortunately, these types of injuries are relatively infrequent, most commonly involving the lower extremities, for example femur fractures,
causing disruption of the SFA or popliteal artery, or the upper extremities, supracondylar humeral fractures will cause damage to the axial or to the brachial artery. Retrospective review of a children's registry from 1993-2005 with 103 patients all of whom were under the age of 18, most were males.
The majority are penetrating wounds. And most frequently, the extremities were involved. Open surgical repair was favored, primary repair when possible, vein patches for use for those under the age of six, and an interposition graft or bypass was used
for those over the age of 12. Non-operative management was selectively chosen in about 10%, and the outcome in this cohort, 10% mortality, 11 amputations, and limb length discrepancy did become a problem over time, necessitating revascularization in 23%.
A nationwide Swedish registry from 1987-2013 looked at 222 patients, children under 15. In this scenario, 2/3 were male, 2/3 had blunt trauma. Once again, upper extremity injuries were more commonly seen in those under 10. Lower extremity injuries more frequently seen
in those between the ages of 11-15. With that cohort that we talked about, 96% were treated with open surgical repair, similar to what we saw before. Interposition grafts, vein patches for the young, and primary repair whenever possible. However, endo therapy was introduced in this scenario,
with eight patients undergoing intervention for axillary, subclavian artery, iliac, and aortic trauma. A summary of four large series was pooled here, and essentially shows you once again the majority of the injuries are in the extremities. The gold standard to date remains open surgical repair,
either with patch, endo anastomosis, or interposition graft, depending on the age and the location. Lajoie presented this abstract, which is a single center retrospective review, nine years, 60 patients, all under the age of 18. And once again with vascular trauma pediatric group,
majority of treatment is with open, however 16% underwent endovascular intervention with embolization, stents, and stent grafts utilized. None of the stents were implanted in anyone under the age of 13. Follow-up six weeks showed no difference
in the amputation rates or the mortality rates, however reinterventions were certainly higher in those who underwent endovascular therapy. National Trauma Databank from 2007-14 of pediatric trauma under the age of 16. 35,000, so it's a very large cohort.
And you're going to see here, it's not just a trend. This was statistically significant. There is an increase endovascular therapy utilization across the board in that time frame, and specifically for blunt trauma, increasing from 5.8% up to 15.7%.
And what you can take away from this is that the increased endovascular therapy was utilized in children over 12, larger hospitals, level one trauma centers, and those who resided in northeast. In addition to that, those who had a higher
injury severity score also underwent endovascular therapy. The most common procedures, embolization of the internal iliac, and TEVAR for blunt aortic trauma. Unfortunately, despite this, the in-hospital survival failed to improve.
So now there's a plethora of data out there, and multiple single-site institutional reviews of their own experience. Here's what I can say. I think there are some select indications for which endovascular therapy appears to be advantageous.
Without question, as you've heard already, the blunt thoracic aortic trauma. Here's a 17-year-old, fell from a seven-story building and successfully underwent endovascular intervention. Another case, a 16-year-old gunshot wound to the thigh, injury to the profunda femoris was a large
false aneurysm in the anteromedial thigh, who underwent coil embolization successful exclusion of this area where the pseudoaneurysm happened to be, but maintained perfusion through the SFA and the remaining branches of the profunda. Is there a role here for blunt femoral trauma in the child?
Well, I'm not a big fan of it, doing it in adults, but there is a paper on it. 13-year-old popliteal artery trauma, high ISS score, this occlusion was recanalized and a self-expanding stent placed. And I will note that a bridging technique was utilized.
Once the other injuries were addressed, the patient underwent bypass. 12-year-old with polytrauma, iatrogenic orthopedic screw injury to the SFA, successfully treated with a Jomed stent, and then planned bridging procedure,
who underwent open repair a few days later with an interposition vein graft from the contralateral leg. One more case, 14-year-old polytrauma, self-expanding covered stent placed for an axillary artery injury, and this was a planned procedure as a bridging technique. He, unfortunately expired prior to that opportunity
to perform the bridging technique on him with a bypass. So, in summary, I do think pediatric vascular injuries are uncommon. Open repair, once again, remains the gold standard. Endovascular therapy appears to be increasing, especially TEVAR and embolization.
Endovascular therapy in the extremities is an option as a bridge in older people over 12 who have higher ISS scores. And a nationwide pediatric database for arterial trauma would be beneficial. Thank you.
- So, a little more on this theme that we've been talking about the last couple days, of inflow in the post-thrombotic limb. So, the key to maintaining an iliac-vein stent is good inflow and the key vessel seems to be the profunda, as we've been hearing for the last couple of days. This is the anatomy, the three axial vessels in the thigh,
the saphenous plays a very small role in venous return. We're dependent more on the femoral vein and the profunda. And the femoral vein just seems to be more prone to thrombosis and problems, and the profunda's there to salvage. We like to see good axial transformation of the profunda.
If we see this, you can get an IVUS catheter in these vessels from above usually. You can feel pretty confident the inflow's satisfactory. There's been some enthusiasm now to try and improve inflow, as we've been hearing, by interventions on the femoral vein. And you saw this paper earlier,
where these people had iliac-vein stents, and they we're trying to improve inflow either with femoral-vein stenting or femoral-vein angioplasty alone. And very, very high failure rates. All of them were occluded by a year, in both the angioplasty and stent groups.
My experience, I've probably done a handful of femoral-vein stents. This guy been in the practice for a couple, 15 years, post-thrombotic with iliac vein stents and some reason, his PCP discontinued his Warfarin, and the stent went down. So, this is in the office center,
acutely occluded common iliac, external iliac vein stent, and the confluence. You see thrombus in the confluence and in the profunda, which was obviously, discouraging. I got them open with the AngioJet, including his profunda. So, his symptoms of swollen thigh and calf,
and the thigh markedly improved. And he comes back a couple two year later, he's a UPS worker with complaining that he feels great, but the calf's still a problem, can I do anything else. We had a whole discussion on femoral vein intervention and he wanted to give it a shot.
The femoral vein was occluded beforehand. Here's the profunda open in SFA. So, this is prone on table, we got a good popliteal, we got a good profunda. And, you know, is this going to help him at all? But, he wanted to go for it.
This is with IVUS, the femoral vein's pretty much occluded. The popliteal vein's open. And we put a nitinol stent down, and they key is to try and land above your profunda collateral so you don't jail it. So, this is one if the ones that did well.
I got a couple doing well, and the others, not so well. So, this kid, 31 years old, multiple DVTs at such a young age, in both legs. We want to do something. His common iliac was wide open, this was diseased, so we stented this,
he got a little better, not great, he comes back a year later, can you do anything else. We began the whole discussion of femoral vein intervention doesn't work well. This is on the table prone, and just a harbinger of failure, if I can't get into the popliteal vein,
have to use a gastroc, that's a telling sign. So, I went ahead and stented his femoral vein, tried to preserve the collaterals. You can't see the popliteal that well down here, but it looked decent. He showed up with his INR low and occluded,
the whole thing went down. Here's the tail end of the nitinol stent. You can see the popliteal inflow is horrible. I got him open, but you know, it just doesn't look great. So, he went down and stayed down, reoccurring ulcers, and the poor young guy can't do anything.
In this case, again, the theme is we got iliac stents in place, so we can improve inflow. So, she comes in a couple years later, with new inflow disease on duplex and new symptoms. And you think, well you know, we'll just do a little segment of the femoral vein
where there's a tight lesion, maybe it'll help her inflow. With angioplasty alone, you can see the remain pretty tight, so I went ahead and put a stent there. Looked great afterwards, I was encouraged. But one month later, that segment of femoral vein stent went down.
You've heard of, in the early days, when we were doing thoracic aortic aneurysms iliac artery on a stick, well this is a femoral vein on a stick, so be careful. Conclusion, femoral vein stenting fails often and early. Uncharted waters may be a value in selected cases,
and I also want to see the PTS-XS trial results. Thanks.
- Thank you Louie, that title was a little too long for me, so I just shortened it. I have nothing to disclose. So Takayasu's arteritis is an inflammatory large vessel vasculitis of unknown origin. Originally described by Dr. Takayasu in young Japanese females.
The in-di-gence in North America is fairly rare. And its inflammation of the vessel wall that leads to stenosis, occlusion or aneurysmal formation. Just to review, the Mayo Clinic Bypass Series for Takayasu's, which was presented last year, basically it's 51 patients, and you can see
the mean age was 38. And you can see the breakdown based on race. If you look at the early complication rate and we look at specific graft complications, you had two patients who passed away, you had two occlusions, one stenosis, one graft infection.
And one patient ruptured from an aneurysm at a distant site than where the bypass was performed. If you look at the late complications, specifically graft complications, it's approximately 40%. Now this is a long mean follow up: this is 74 months, a little over six years.
But again, these patients recur and their symptoms can occur and the grafts are not perfect. No matter what we do we do not get superb results. So, look at the graft outcomes by disease activity. We had 50 grafts we followed long-term. And if you look at the patency, primary patency
right here of active disease versus non-ac it's significantly different. If you look at the number of re-interventions it's also significantly different. So basically, active disease does a lot worse
than non-active disease. And by the way, one of our findings was that ESR is not a great indicator of active disease. So we're really at a loss as to what to follow for active or non-active disease. And that's a whole 'nother talk maybe for another year.
So should endovascular therapy be used for Takayasu's? I'd say yes. But where and when? And let's look at the data. And I have to say, this is almost blasphemy for me
to say this, but yes it should be used. So let's look at some of the larger series in literature and just share them. 48 patients with aortic stenosis fro all were treated with PTA stenting.
All were pre-dilated in a graded fashion. So they started with smaller balloons and worked up to larger balloons and they used self expanding stents in all of them. The results show one dissection, which was treated by multiple stents and the patient went home.
And one retro-paret-tin bleed, which was self limiting, requiring transfusion. Look at the mean stenosis with 81% before the intervention. Following the intervention it was 15%. Systolic gradient: 71 milligrams of mercury versus 14. Kind of very good early results.
Looking at the long term results, ABI pre was .75, increased to .92. Systolic blood pressure dropped significantly. And the number of anti-hypertensive meds went from three to 1.1. Let's look at renal arteries stenosis.
All had a renal artery stenosis greater than 70%. All had uncontrolled hypertension. They were followed with MRI or Doppler follow up of the renal arteries. So, stents were used in 84% of the patients. Restenosis occurred in 50% of them.
They were, all eight were treated again, two more developed restenosis, they ended up losing one renal artery. So at eight years follow up, there's a 94% patency rate. What about supra-aortic lesions? And these are lesions that scare me the most for endovascular interventions.
Carotids, five had PTA, two had PTA plus stent. Subclavian, three PTA, two PTA. One Innominate, one PTA plus stent. One early minor stroke. I always challenge what a minor stroke is? I guess that's one that happens to your ex mother-in-law
rather than your mother, but we'll leave it that way. Long term patency at three years, 86%. Secondary patency at three years, 76%. Fairly good patency. So when Endo for Takayasu's, non-active disease is best. The patient is unfit for open surgery.
I believe short, concentric lesions do better. In active disease, if you have to an urgent or emergent, accept the short term success as a bridge to open repair. If you're going to do endovascular, use graded balloons or PTAs, start small. Supra-aortic location, short inflation times
I think are safer. And these three, for questions for the future. I guess for the VEITHsymposium in three years. Thank you.
- Okay, thank you very much. I appreciate the invitation from Dr Veith to discuss this technique and really, this is a how to do it technique. These are my disclosures. So we know that if you're doing a type B dissections that are chronic and you're going to use a fenestrated
device often times you have vessels that are on the false lumen that are not easily accessible. You can see in this picture up above, here's you're flap, this is the right renal artery across the fenestration and you can't really see the actual original fenestration.
There can also be some misalignment between the natural fenestration and where you want to put your fenestration. So this technique allows us to create a neo-fenestration at your site of choice. So here's our stent graft planning in this particular patient.
Here's the dissection flap, here's our graft in the true lumen with the SMA and celiac and the right renal. We've placed the fenestration for the left renal right opposite the left renal artery. And this is a schematic representation of
our in press article. Basically once you've accessed the bottom of the graft you can use a steerable directional sheath and put it right at the level of your fenestration. Use the power wire from Baylis, and what you do is put it right up against the graft.
It's like a cautery, you step on the pedal, it gives a one second burst and that goes across the flap. You can then widen it and then connect your stent graft. This is an example of one of our early cases. Here you can see injection in the true lumen with the right renal, you can't see the left renal,
that's bowel gas and another one of the true lumen branches. You can see with the fusion imaging we've now been able to put the graft, the right renal and the graft expanded. Here you can see an injection and we've got our catheter right up against the left renal fenestration. And here you can next see, the power wire,
the tip of the power wire is just at the edge of the catheter. And if you step on the pedal you can see that the power wire goes across into the false lumen right near here, you can inject your false lumen, you can see your renal
and after that you can see that we've now accessed the artery. We balloon it and then stent it. So these are the tools that are required. You need the power wire generator, you need the power wire itself,
you need a pad on the patient just like a cautery pad, and an Oskar or other steerable sheath is very effective in helping you. A short pulse in one second is usually enough to cross the lumen. Here's a second example.
A patient again with a false lumen, the right renal artery is the one this particular time. You can see the dissection flap is here. We planned the fenestration right opposite the renal artery.
And you can see here similar technique with the catheter. The power wire is already actually been deployed across the channel and then put in place. So this is a relatively simple technique that you can use to access false lumen branches. It allows planning the fenestration on your pre-op plan
close to the target vessel, and it assists you when the natural fenestration is not visible, or misaligned. And it uses an existing technique that we've used for left subclavian in situ fenestration and for some aortic dissection acute cases where you need to fenestrate the false lumen.
- Thank you, good afternoon. I have no disclosures. Well, obesity really is a worldwide epidemic, but among all of the industrialized nations the United States seems to lead the league in terms of the percentage of our population overweight and/or obese.
We're all aware of the adverse health effects of obesity including predisposing to diabetes, itself an epidemic problem, at least in this country. In fact the AMA has suggested obesity should now be declared a disease state with its own ICD-10 code. If that's true as this article in time magazine said
if obesity is a disease why are so many obese patients seemingly healthy? We do know that obese patients tend to have smaller myocardial infarct size, they have improved survival after episodes of heart failure, there's improved survival
after CABG and coronary angioplasty procedures, and there's reduced early and late mortality after acute stroke. In fact we're seeing this so-called obesity paradox play out in vascular surgery. This was an early review of 7500 patient undergoing
a variety of vascular surgical procedures and what you see is this U-shaped curve where is overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients have significantly lower operative mortality. This was a similar NSQIP analysis of over 5000 patients undergoing AAA repair and among all procedures
again you see that same U-shaped curve largely reflected the reduced mortality for open surgery for overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients. We became interested in whether this would play out on a low risk procedure, relatively speaking, carotid endarterectomy.
We investigated 23000 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy in the NSQIP database. Only a quarter of our patients were normal weight, about 40% over weight, and then nearly 30% were obese. And we found the very same thing, although mortality is exceedingly low, 0.6%,
it was significantly lower in overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients. The overall stroke rate was 1.4% and again that very same U-shaped curve. Stroke rate lower in overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients.
In the most recent and the largest data set ever analyzed, 92000 patients undergoing the spectrum of vascular surgical procedures. A third of the patients only normal weight, about a third overweight, and more than a quarter severely overweight.
We found that mortality was actually higher in underweight compared to normal weight individuals. So it's not good to be thin, many of us take comfort in that. We found that, they found that mortality was lower in overweight compared to normal weight individuals.
Mortality was lower in obese compared to normal rate individuals and this reflected the fact that cardiac complications occurred significantly less often in obese compared to normal weight individuals. And respiratory complications occurred less often
in obese compared to normal weight individuals. How do you explain this? Well this was a fascinating report from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. 38000 individuals, men middle-aged who have been followed for up to 25 years, and if you look at overall
mortality, again that very same U-shaped curve. But what they did in this study was they divided BMI into lean body mass and fat body mass and as you can see there is that U-shaped relationship with respect to lean body mass, but when they ferreted out statistically fat body mass
there was a direct proportional correlation with mortality. How do we explain this? Well we're learning that adipose tissue is more than just a storage depot for energy, it is also an endocrine organ. Adipose tissue produces molecules called adipokines
the most important of which is adiponectin. An elevated BMI is associated with reduced levels of adiponectin which has a positive impact on cardiovascular complications. So in summary, the impact of weight on vascular outcomes is complex.
Modest excess weight appears to be protective for perioperative mortality and cardiorespiratory morbidity. Excess weight is a risk factor for wound complications but the obesity paradox may be related to the endocrine function of adipose tissue. Thank you.
- Thank you for the opportunity to present this arch device. This is a two module arch device. The main model comes from the innominated to the descending thoracic aorta and has a large fenestration for the ascending model that is fixed with hooks and three centimeters overlapping with the main one.
The beginning fenestration for the left carotid artery was projected but was abandoned for technical issue. The delivery system is precurved, preshaped and this allows an easy positioning of the graft that runs on a through-and-through wire from the
brachial to the femoral axis and you see here how the graft, the main model is deployed with the blood that supported the supraortic vessels. The ascending model is deployed after under rapid pacing.
And this is the compilation angiogram. This is a case from our experience is 6.6 centimeters arch and descending aneurysm. This is the planning we had with the Gore Tag. at the bottom of the implantation and these are the measures.
The plan was a two-stage procedure. First the hemiarch the branching, and then the endovascular procedure. Here the main measure for the graph, the BCT origin, 21 millimeters, the BCT bifurcation, 20 millimeters,
length, 30 millimeters, and the distal landing zone was 35 millimeters. And these are the measures that we choose, because this is supposed to be an off-the-shelf device. Then the measure for the ascending, distal ascending, 35 millimeters,
proximal ascending, 36, length of the outer curve of 9 centimeters, on the inner curve of 5 centimeters, and the ascending model is precurved and we choose a length between the two I cited before. This is the implantation of the graft you see,
the graft in the BCT. Here, the angiography to visualize the bifurcation of the BCT, and the release of the first part of the graft in the BCT. Then the angiography to check the position. And the release of the graft by pushing the graft
to well open the fenestration for the ascending and the ascending model that is released under cardiac pacing. After the orientation of the beat marker. And finally, a kissing angioplasty and this is the completion and geography.
Generally we perform a percutaneous access at auxiliary level and we close it with a progolide checking the closure with sheet that comes from the groin to verify the good occlusion of the auxiliary artery. And this is the completion, the CT post-operative.
Okay. Seven arch aneurysm patients. These are the co-morbidities. We had only one minor stroke in the only patient we treated with the fenestration for the left carotid and symptomology regressed completely.
In the global study, we had 46 implantations, 37 single branch device in the BCT, 18 in the first in men, 19 compassionate. These are the co-morbidities and indications for treatment. All the procedures were successful.
All the patients survived the procedure. 10 patients had a periscope performed to perfuse the left auxiliary artery after a carotid to subclavian bypass instead of a hemiarch, the branching. The mean follow up for 25 patients is now 12 months.
Good technical success and patency. We had two cases of aneurysmal growth and nine re-interventions, mainly for type II and the leak for the LSA and from gutters. The capilomiar shows a survival of 88% at three years.
There were three non-disabling stroke and one major stroke during follow up, and three patients died for unrelated reasons. The re-intervention were mainly due to endo leak, so the first experience was quite good in our experience and thanks a lot.
- So thank you to the organizers and to Dr. Veith, and thank you to Dr. Ouriel for giving me the introduction of the expense of an unsuitable procedure for pain patients. We have no disclosures.
I think when you look at MRV or Venous interventions, you can look at it as providing you a primary diagnosis, confirming a diagnosis if there's confusion. Procedural planning, you can use it as a procedural adjunct,
or you can use it as a primary procedural modality. In general, flow-dependent MRI has a low sensitivity and a slow acquisition time, making it practically impractical. Flow-independent MRI has become more popular, with sensitivity and specificities
rounding at 95 to 100%. There's a great deal of data on contrast-enhanced MRI, avoiding adanalenum using the iron compounds, and you'll hear later from Dr. Black about Direct Thrombus Imaging. There has been significant work on Thrombus Imaging,
but I will leave it up to him to talk about it. MR you can diagnose a DVT, either in both modalities, and you can see here with the arrows. It will also provide you data on the least inaccessible areas for duplex and other modalities,
such as the iliac veins and the IVC, as can be seen here. It is also perhaps easier to use than CTV, because at least in my institution CTV always comes out as a CTA, and I can't help that no matter what happens.
MR can also show you collaterals, which may be very important as you are trying to diagnose a patient. And in essence it may show you the smaller vein that you're more interested in, particularly in pelvic congestion syndrome,
such as this patient with an occluded internal iliac vein. It can also demonstrate, for those of you who deal with dialysis access, or it's central line problems, central venous stenosis and Thrombus. But equally importantly
it may show you that a stenosis is not intrinsic to the wall, but it's actually intrinsic to extravascular inflammation, as in this patient with mediastinal fibrosis, and which will give you a different way of what you wish to do and treat.
The European guidelines have addressed MR in it's future with chronic venous disease and they give it a 1C rating, and they recommend that if doesn't work you should proceed to Ibes. It can be used for the diagnoses of pulmonary embolism,
it can eliminate the use of ECHO, one can diagnose both the presence of the Thrombus, the dilatation of the ventricul, and if one is using Dynamic MR Imaging one can also see mcconnell sign or the equivalent on the septum between the two ventricles.
More interestingly it can also be used now in the chronic thrombuc, pulmonary hypertension, where it can show both the legions that are treatable and untreatable, as some of you may have heard from Dr. Roosevelt
earlier in the day, where they're now treating the outlying lesions with balloon angioplasty serial sessions. It can also look at the ventricul and give you some idea of where the ventricul stands with regard to it's performance,
we're looking at and linking this to the lungs. It can also show you the unusual, such as atresia of the IVC or it can help with you the diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. And it is extremely valuable
in dealing with AVM's, although it may take one, two, or three sessions with differing contrast bulosus to identify both the arterial, the intrinsic lesion, and the outflow lesions,
but a very valuable adjunct. In renal carcinoma it has two values, one is that it can may diagnosis venous invasion, and it may also let you understand whether or not you are dealing with bland thrombus or tumor thrombus,
which can change the staging for the patient and also change the actual intervention that you may perform. If you use flash imaging one will get at least an 89% sensitivity of the nature of thrombus,
whether it's bland or tumor thrombus, which may change what you need to do during the procedure. It could also tell you whether there's actual true wall invasion, which will require excision of the IVC
as opposed to the simple thromboendarterectomy. And this can run up to a specificity of 88% to exclude it. In the brain it's commonly used to diagnose the intra tumor vasculature. Diagnosing between veins and arterial systems, which can be helpful
particularly if one is considering percutaneous or other interventions. With regard to central venous stenosis there is some data and most people are now using an onlay technique where they take the MRI,
they develop the lines for the vessels and then use that as guide in one or two dimensions with fusion imaging to achieve access with a wire, catheter and balloon, as opposed to a blind stick technique.
There is data to show that you can image with the correct catheter balloons within the vessels and do serial MR's to show that it works. And finally with guidance catheters EP is now able to guide the catheter further and further in to achieve from the,
either the jugular or the venous access across the septum and to burn the entrium as appropriate. And finally, one can use MR to actually gain access, burn, and then actually use the MR to look at the specific tissue,
to show that you've achieved a burn at the appropriate area within the cardiac system and thus prove that your modality has achieved it. So in summary, we can use it for primary diagnosis, confirmatory diagnosis,
procedural planning, and procedural adjunct, but we're only still learning how to use it as a primary procedural modality. Thank you so much.
- My disclosures are not relevant. Joe showed this slide, this is the original SVS guidelines, which really, as he mentioned, is a lesion-based evaluation of what the trauma looks like. And, for the purposes of this discussion, we'll be focusing on grade three injuries. Which really means there's blood outside the aortic wall.
There is loss of integrity of all layers and there's a pseudoaneurysm. We've all transitioned to delayed TEVAR for grade one and two. But, what do we do with these grade three injuries? Where's the boundary between medical therapy
that puts the patient at risk of interval rupture and early repair? Which may, as I'll show, put them at risk of other problems. This is a pretty widely adopted prac the idea of treating traumatic pseudoaneurysms,
at least initially, with some medical therapy. This is a review of 18 studies, almost 1,000 patients. It showed really one in five were managed non-operatively. There is a very low rate of aorta-related mortality which will be a recurring theme on all the data I show you. And, there's a really low rate
of required late interventions. As true for many of our trauma-related literature, there's a really poor long-term follow-up rate. The AAST studies have shown us that delayed repair really can improve outcomes. There's a significant selection bias in
these are non-randomized trials for, I think, exclusively. But the reality is, if a patient can wait until stabilization of their other injuries, they do better if you can wait on repairing the aorta, both mortality and the paraplegia rates are lower.
But, it's not just completely a selection bias. There are maybe some other benefit here. And, one of the things that plays into play is: What are their other injuries like? What is their traumatic brain injury look like? And, we use this as a defining point at Grady
about figuring out whether someone really should be figured for early repair or not. If you look at this series of 300 patients with traumatic aortic injury, 248 had a concomitant brain injury, and those are obviously of a variety of different grades,
from a little blip on the CT scan to a potentially devastating neurologic insult. But, it's not uncommon to have to manage both injuries at the same time. That is the rule rather than the exception. They can be pretty significant
and, again, there's significant selection bias in this series out of Maryland. But, there's about a one third, one third, one third early repair, delayed repair or non-operative strategy. If you look at the non-op patients and the delayed patients, you can see
that we get to that very, very low mortality rate. The early repair patients, as you can imagine, are often associated with a fatal outcome. Now, that fatal outcome is not always a it is usually related to something else
and highlights the selection bias of series like this one, that show us that if you're sick when you come in with an aortic tear, you're going to continue to be sick regardless of whether we fix your tear or not. But, there is some other benefit, potentially. The traumatic brain injury is one piece that I've mentioned,
but it's not uncommon, I think we've all experienced situations like this where the trauma physician and the orthopedic physician and everyone who is taking care of these patients is really focused on a grade three aortic injury. And, it oftentimes allows for neglect
or missing of other injuries that may be more life-threatening. How do we avoid delay? There's a few areas where we can think about intervening. The first thing is getting a good radiographic grade, as Joe alluded to, and there's a variety
of different scoring systems. This ultimately amounts to a simplification of the Harborview scoring system which is the one that I personally have gravitated to over the last two years. Which demonstrates that for the old grade one and two
there is probably no benefit of repeat imaging, there is probably no benefit of intervention, and pseudoaneurysms should be fixed when they are stable and severe ongoing-rupture patients should be fixed right away. That assessment of stability is an important part of this.
Part of Dr. Crawford's interest, in particular, was evaluating the size of the pseudoaneurysm and the size of the hematoma. And so, all of these are things that we've seen before but they all probably behave a little bit differently. So, how do we look and see:
Are there specific types of injury that are more prone to rupture with non-operative therapy? And one of the things that's been assessed is the diameter ratio. I think Joe showed this data a second ago. Another is the size of the periaortic hematoma.
In this large series, if you had two of these three factors: a lactate greater than four, a mediastinal hematoma greater than 10 millimeters or a lesion to normal aortic ratio of greater than 1.4. That was 90% accurate in terms of theoretically predicting early rupture.
Which, if you just look at clinical judgment alone, goes down to 65%. Keeping in mind that clinical rupture, true rupture is very often a fatal event. There is a lot of value in moving that number from 65 to 90. If we can get good modeling that tells us
who is at particularly high risk of rupture in this selected group, there is a lot of potential benefit. Just as importantly, as I've mentioned earlier, if you have a higher aortic grade of injury, you are more likely to die but it does not predict aorta-related mortality.
Much of that is the selection bias that people with higher grades of aortic injury are fixed sooner and therefore are not candidates to die from aorta-related mortality. Let's skip through this. And then again, (audience member coughing)
the idea that we need additional information and we need better imaging, better physiologic data that predicts the need for early repair is the take-home message. The answer, as you can imagine, is more information. Part of what the Aortic Trauma Foundation is doing
is going to be evaluating: Are patients really going to do better with non-operative therapy if they have very specific criteria that allows them to be selected out? Are there high-risk criteria that we can figure out besides just eyeballing the CT scan and saying:
This is someone who's not going to do well if we sit on them. Thank you very much.
- Thank you Lowell. - Good morning, and thanks Lowell and Jose, for the invitation to come back this year. I don't have any disclosures. Well, what we're going to talk is imaging the female pelvic veneous system. And the female pelvic venous system is a complex arrangement
of four interconnected venous systems, and really you have to understand the anatomy to understand the keys to imaging it and treating it, and that's the connections between the renal vein, both the left and the right ovarian veins, the tributaries of the internal iliac veins,
and the superficial veins of the lower extremity through the saphenofemeral junction. And central to all of this are the tributaries of the internal iliac vein. Which functions as a gateway between the pelvis and the leg, and really are exactly analogous to perforating veins,
connecting the deep veins of the pelvis to the superficial veins of the leg, and you have to have an intimate knowledge of this anatomy both to image it adequately, as well as to treat it. So classically, the internal iliac vein is thought as the confluence of three tributaries.
That is, the obturator vein anteriorly, tributaries of the internal pudendal vein, sort of in the middle of the pelvis, and the superior and inferior gluteal veins, and these communicate with the legs through four escape points
that the anatomists describe anteriorly as the obturator point or the "O" point, where the round ligament vein comes through the abdominal wall, the "I point. And medially in the thigh, pudendal or the "P" point, and posteriorly the gluteal point,
which communicates both with the posterior thigh as well as with the sciatic nerve and gives rise to sciatic varices. (coughs) From our standpoint today, I'm more interested in atypical, varices, that is, pelvic source lower extremity varices,
arising from the pelvis, anteriorly for the obturator vein, and from the round ligament vein, which communicate with the vulva, branches of the internal pudendal vein, which communicate with the perineum, and the medial thigh, and posteriorly, with branches of the superior and inferior gluteal vein.
So as far as imaging goes, we're interested primarily in two clinical scenarios which the imaging requirements are somewhat different. That is, atypical pelvic source varices without any pelvic symptoms, and atypical varices with pelvic pain, and the way that we study these with venography
are quite different. Although some people do pursue blind sclerotherapy from below, I do think imaging with venography adds substantially to both the control of the sclerosant, as well as how thoroughly you're able to embolize the pelvic tributaries.
And I personally like to do sclerotherapy of the varices with venography, and use direct puncture venography using either a 23 or a 25 gage butterfly needle, that's placed under ultrasound guidance. Contrast is then injected to calibrate both
the variceal bed as well as to track the tributaries, as I'll show a minute, up into the pelvis, and usually you can embolize about to the level of the broad ligament. Simultaneously, foam sclerotherapy is performed, using a combination of Sotradecol,
and Ethiodol as a contrast media, and then is followed both by Flouroscopy, using a reverse road mapping technique to subtract the bone and other things out, and follow the contrast through as well as with ultrasound as shown here.
And just as an example, here's some vulvar varicosities, that communicate both with the obturator vein up here, with the round ligament vein through the "I" point, as well as with the saphenofemoral junction here. And although you could do this blindly, I do think you get a much better understanding
of the anatomy and the volume of sclerosant required, doing it with venography. These are posterior thigh varicosities, that communicate through the "G" point here, and you can actually see the contrast refluxing into the inferior gluteal vein shown here,
and all of this can be treated with sclerosant. The second clinical scenario, is that of atypical varices with pelvic pain, in which case you do want to make sure you treat the pelvic variceal bed completely. And for this, the venography techniques are
balloon occlusion venography performed from above. My preference is right internal jugular vein approach, because it's easier to place the occlusion balloon into the right and left internal iliac veins, which a sequentially selected, and then I use a Berenstein occlusion balloon
and then place it just below the confluence of the internal iliac vein and the external iliac veins, inflate the balloon, inject contrast, which both blocks antegrade flow, and allows reflux into the varices. Most of the time you can't see these varices if you don't have an occlusion balloon,
and then as you see the varices, sequentially select more distal tributaries with a glide wire, put the balloon down, inflate it, and perform sclerotherapy and occasionally, depending on the size of the vein, use coils if you need to. Here is an example of the balloon
in the internal iliac vein, you see the "O" point. We've already sclerosed the contralateral obturator vein, and you see this classical obturator hook here, which is classical for the obturator vein. Here the occulsion balloon is in tributaries of the internal pudendal vein,
you see it communicating through the "P" point with varices in the medial thigh, and then with the great saphenous vein here, with a type two junction. Here the balloon is in the inferior gluteal vein. You see communication with the "G" point here,
as well as communication with sciatic varices, this classic horsetail look shown here. So in conclusion, understanding anatomy is critical to the treatment of pelvic venous disorders, you do clearly have to understand the anatomy of the internal iliac vein, as well as the escape points,
and vary your venographic technique, based on the patient's symptoms. Thank you very much.
- The only disclosure is the device I'm about to talk to you about this morning, is investigation in the United States. What we can say about Arch Branch Technology is it is not novel or particularly new. Hundreds of these procedures have been performed worldwide, most of the experiences have been dominated by a cook device
and the Terumo-Aortic formerly known as Bolton Medical devices. There is mattering of other experience through Medtronic and Gore devices. As of July of 2018 over 340 device implants have been performed,
and this series has been dominated by the dual branch device but actually three branch constructions have been performed in 25 cases. For the Terumo-Aortic Arch Branch device the experience is slightly less but still significant over 160 device implants have been performed as of November of this year.
A small number of single branch and large majority of 150 cases of the double branch repairs and only two cases of the three branch repairs both of them, I will discuss today and I performed. The Aortic 3-branch Arch Devices is based on the relay MBS platform with two antegrade branches and
a third retrograde branch which is not illustrated here, pointing downwards towards descending thoracic Aorta. The first case is a 59 year old intensivist who presented to me in 2009 with uncomplicated type B aortic dissection. This was being medically managed until 2014 when he sustained a second dissection at this time.
An acute ruptured type A dissection and sustaining emergent repair with an ascending graft. Serial imaging shortly thereafter demonstrated a very rapid growth of the Distal arch to 5.7 cm. This is side by side comparison of the pre type A dissection and the post type A repair dissection.
What you can see is the enlargement of the distal arch and especially the complex septal anatomy that has transformed as initial type B dissection after the type A repair. So, under FDA Compassion Use provision, as well as other other regulatory conditions
that had to be met. A Terumo or formerly Bolton, Aortic 3-branch Arch Branch device was constructed and in December 2014 this was performed. As you can see in this illustration, the two antegrade branches and a third branch
pointing this way for the for the left subclavian artery. And this is the images, the pre-deployment, post-deployment, and the three branches being inserted. At the one month follow up you can see the three arch branches widely patent and complete thrombosis of the
proximal dissection. Approximately a year later he presented with some symptoms of mild claudication and significant left and right arm gradient. What we noted on the CT Angiogram was there was a kink in the participially
supported segment of the mid portion of this 3-branch graft. There was also progressive enlargement of the distal thoracoabdominal segment. Our plan was to perform the, to repair the proximal segment with a custom made cuff as well as repair the thoracoabdominal segment
with this cook CMD thoracoabdominal device. As a 4 year follow up he's working full time. He's arm pressures are symmetric. Serum creatinine is normal. Complete false lumen thrombosis. All arch branches patent.
The second case I'll go over really quickly. 68 year old man, again with acute type A dissection. 6.1 cm aortic arch. Initial plan was a left carotid-subclavian bypass with a TEVAR using a chimney technique. We changed that plan to employ a 3-branch branch repair.
Can you advance this? And you can see this photo. In this particular case because the pre-operative left carotid-subclavian bypass and the extension of the dissection in to the innominate artery we elected to...
utilize the two antegrade branches for the bi-lateral carotid branches and actually utilize the downgoing branch through the- for the right subclavian artery for later access to the thoracoabdominal aorta. On post op day one once again he presented with
an affective co arctation secondary to a kink within the previous surgical graft, sustaining a secondary intervention and a placement of a balloon expandable stent. Current status. On Unfortunately the result is not as fortunate
as the first case. In 15 months he presented with recurrent fevers, multi-focal CVAs from septic emboli. Essentially bacteria endocarditis and he was deemed inoperable and he died. So in conclusion.
Repair of complex arch pathologies is feasible with the 3-branch Relay arch branch device. Experience obviously is very limited. Proper patient selection important. And the third antegrade branch is useful for later thoracoabdominal access.
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