Endovascular stenting of a chronic ruptured type B thoracic aortic dissection, a second chance: a case report

J Med Case Rep. 2008 Feb 7;2:41. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-2-41.

Abstract

Introduction: We aim to highlight the need for awareness of late complications of endovascular thoracic aortic stenting and the need for close follow-up of patients treated by this method.

Case presentation: We report the first case in the English literature of an endovascular repair of a previously stented, ruptured chronic Stanford type B thoracic aortic dissection re-presenting with a type III endoleak of the original repair.

Conclusion: Endovascular thoracic stenting is now a widely accepted technique for the treatment of thoracic aortic dissection and its complications. Long term follow up is necessary to ensure that late complications are identified and treated appropriately. In this case of type III endoleak, although technically challenging, endovascular repair was feasible and effective.