Tracheal replacement with an aortic autograft

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2006 Feb;29(2):261-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2005.11.026. Epub 2006 Jan 4.


Tracheal replacement after extensive resection remains a challenge for the thoracic surgeon. We propose an innovative solution: the use of an aortic autograft. After an experimental work on animals with aortic autografts and allografts [Martinod E, Seguin A, Pfeuty K, Fornes P, Kambouchner M, Azorin JF, Carpentier AF. Long-term evaluation of the replacement of the trachea with an autologous aortic graft. Ann Thorac Surg 2003;75(5):1572-8; Martinod E, Seguin A, Holder-Espinasse M, Kambouchner M, Duterque-Coquillaud M, Azorin JF, Carpentier AF. Tracheal regeneration following tracheal replacement with an allogenic aorta. Ann Thorac Surg 2005;79(3):942-8], we present the first human case of long tracheal replacement with an aortic autograft. In this case we replaced 7 cm of a tumoral trachea using an aortic infra-renal autograft supported by a silicone stent. The early postoperative course was uneventful. The stent was removed at three months. The patient died at six months from an acute pulmonary infection without any sign of anastomosis leakage or graft rupture. A new field of clinical study has to be investigated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aorta / surgery
  • Aorta / transplantation*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / methods
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Silicon
  • Stents
  • Trachea / surgery*
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Silicon