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Long-term surveillance with computed tomography after endovascular aneurysm repair may not be justified.
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PMID:  19847868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: There is a common perception that a large number of secondary interventions are needed following endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. METHODS: Prospective data were collected for a cohort of 417 consecutive elective patients undergoing infrarenal aortic endograft repair between April 2000 and May 2008. The rate of secondary interventions, associated morbidity and need for reintervention following surveillance imaging were analysed. RESULTS: The male : female ratio was 11 : 1, median age 76 (range 40-93) years and median aneurysm diameter 6.1 (5.3-11) cm. The overall 30-day mortality rate was 1.7 per cent (seven of 417). Secondary interventions were performed in 31 patients (7.4 per cent), of which six (1.4 per cent) were detected by surveillance. Endoleaks requiring reintervention occurred in 12 patients (2.9 per cent; ten type I and two type III endoleaks). Limb ischaemia secondary to graft occlusion occurred in 17 patients (4.1 per cent); extra-anatomical bypass was needed in 15 patients (3.6 per cent) and the remaining two had an amputation. Graft explantation following late infection was required in two patients (0.5 per cent). CONCLUSION: Endoluminal repair of infrarenal aortic aneurysms can be performed with a low reintervention rate. The value of prolonged surveillance seems limited and current surveillance protocols may require revision.
S A Black; T W G Carrell; R E Bell; M Waltham; J Reidy; P R Taylor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of surgery     Volume:  96     ISSN:  1365-2168     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Surg     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-27     Completed Date:  2009-12-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372553     Medline TA:  Br J Surg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1280-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Angioplasty / methods
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / radiography,  surgery*
Blood Vessel Prosthesis
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
Ischemia / etiology
Leg / blood supply
Middle Aged
Prosthesis-Related Infections
Surgical Wound Dehiscence / etiology
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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