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Fenestration of aortic stent grafts-in vitro tests using various device combinations.
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PMID:  21106388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
PURPOSE: To evaluate the response of various stent grafts after needle fenestration and sequential dilation with standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and cutting balloons and sealing of the fenestration with a side branch stent graft.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five commercially available aortic stent grafts (Endurant, Gore TAG, Talent, Valiant, and Zenith) were fenestrated with a needle. The fenestrations were sequentially dilated up to 10 mm with PTA balloons or cutting balloons. The residual diameter stenosis and visual appearance of the fenestration was estimated after each dilation. The joint between the main prosthesis and a side branch stent graft, placed through the fenestration, was visually assessed.
RESULTS: Stent grafts responded variably after fenestration and balloon dilation; the holes were round or oval with smooth, fringed, frayed, or torn edges. Talent and Valiant fabrics were easiest to dilate, whereas Zenith was the most resilient. Dilation with a cutting balloon led to fully open fenestrations in all stent grafts. Good apposition of the side branch stent graft to the main prosthesis was achieved unless fenestration was located in close proximity to a stent strut.
CONCLUSIONS: The balloon-based technique, especially the cutting balloon, fully opened the fenestrations up to 10 mm, and the fenestrations could be successfully covered with side branch stent grafts. Various graft fabrics responded variably to balloon dilation, however, which may have significant impact on the clinical in situ fenestration of individual aortic stent grafts.
Petri Saari; Hannu Manninen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular and interventional radiology : JVIR     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1535-7732     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vasc Interv Radiol     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203369     Medline TA:  J Vasc Interv Radiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Unit of Clinical Radiology, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland.
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