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How Secure is the Anastomosis between the Proximal and Distal Body Components of a Fenestrated Stent-graft?
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PMID:  22789606     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To examine the longitudinal migratory force required to cause disconnection of the bifurcated distal body component from the tubular proximal body of a fenestrated stent-graft. METHODS: Using a previously reported mathematical model distal distraction forces were calculated prior to performing in vitro pullout testing. The top end of the proximal body and the iliac limbs of the distal body were attached to the grips of a tensile tester via plastic sealing plugs and pneumatic clamps. Channels within the plugs allowed pressurisation of the inside of the stent-graft. Pullout tests were conducted in the vertical plane. Force and displacement data were recorded and tests repeated 8 times at room temperature with the stent-grafts either dry or wet and unpressurized, at 100 mmHg or at 120 mmHg. RESULTS: The median maximum pullout force was 2.9 N (2.6-4.1) when dry, 3.9 N (3.5-5.4) when wet and unpressurized, 6.3 N (4.8-8.3) when wet and pressurized at 100 mmHg and 6.5 N (4.8-7.2) when wet and pressurized at 120 mmHg. There was a significant difference between pressurized and unpressurized conditions (P < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The force required to distract the distal bifurcated component of a fenestrated stent graft is much lower than the reported proximal fixation strength of both a standard and fenestrated Zenith stent graft. Although this helps protect the fenestrated proximal body from the effects of longitudinal migration forces in vivo the current strength of the body overlap zone may actually be unnecessarily weak and requires careful surveillance in follow up.
J R H Scurr; R G McWilliams; T V How
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Regional Vascular Unit, 8c Link, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK.
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