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Use of abdominal chimney grafts is feasible and safe: short-term results.
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PMID:  20939713     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
PURPOSE: To present our initial experience with the use of chimney grafts in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) with challenging anatomy.
METHODS: Among 390 EVAR cases performed at our institution between November 2008 and February 2010, 15 patients (all men; mean age 81.8 years) underwent EVAR with synchronous placement of chimney grafts. The chimney technique involved placing covered stents parallel to the main aortic stent-graft to preserve or rescue flow to aortic branch vessels while extending the proximal fixation zone. All patients presented with pararenal aortic aneurysms with short necks (between 0 and 10 mm long) that required either suprarenal clamping to tailor a proximal anastomosis in open repair or suprarenal fixation to anchor an endoprosthesis. Chimney grafts were implanted into 10 left renal and 5 right renal arteries.
RESULTS: The immediate technical success was 100%. One early type II endoleak due to retrograde flow from the inferior mesenteric artery was detected and is under surveillance. Mean follow-up was 6.8 months (range 1-13). One chimney graft occluded 45 days postoperatively; the patient underwent open thrombectomy of the left renal artery and iliorenal bypass. The creatinine value at discharge was 1.6 mg/dL, and resting renal scintigraphy showed 36% perfusion for the left kidney and 64% for the right kidney. During follow-up, no patient required hemodialysis; no aneurysm-related deaths were noted.
CONCLUSION: This limited experience demonstrates that the use of abdominal chimney grafts is feasible and safe. Long-term results in larger patient cohorts are needed evaluate the utility of this alternative endovascular technique.
Konstantinos P Donas; Giovanni Torsello; Martin Austermann; Arne Schwindt; Nicola Troisi; Georgios A Pitoulias
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of endovascular therapy : an official journal of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1545-1550     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Endovasc. Ther.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100896915     Medline TA:  J Endovasc Ther     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  589-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery, St. Franziskus Hospital Münster, and Center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Münster University Hospital, Münster, Germany.
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