Unstable patients with retroperitoneal vascular trauma: an endovascular approach

Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Apr;25(3):352-8. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2010.09.008. Epub 2010 Dec 23.


Background: In hemodynamically unstable patients, the management of retroperitoneal vascular trauma is both difficult and challenging. Endovascular techniques have become an alternative to surgery in several trauma centers.

Methods: Between 2004 and 2006, 16 patients (nine men, mean age: 46 years, range: 19-79 years) with retroperitoneal vascular trauma and hemodynamic instability were treated using an endovascular approach. The mean injury severity score was 30.7 ± 13.1. Mean systolic blood pressure and the shock index were 74 mm Hg and 1.9, respectively. Vasopressor drugs were required in 68.7% of cases (n = 11). Injuries were attributable to road traffic accidents (n = 15) and falls (n = 1). The hemorrhage sites included the internal iliac artery or its branches (n = 12) with bilateral injury in one case, renal artery (n = 2), abdominal aorta (n = 1), and lumbar artery (n = 1).

Results: In all, 14 coil embolizations and three stent-grafts were implanted. The technical success rate was 75%, as early re-embolization was necessary in one case and three patients died during the perioperative period. Six patients died during the period of hospitalization (37.5%). No surgical conversion or major morbidity was reported.

Conclusion: In comparison with particulates, coil ± stent-graft may provide similar efficacy with regard to survival, and thus may be a valuable solution when particulate embolization is not available or feasible.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Endovascular Procedures*
  • Female
  • France
  • Hemodynamics*
  • Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemorrhage / physiopathology
  • Hemorrhage / surgery
  • Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retroperitoneal Space / blood supply*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular System Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Vascular System Injuries / physiopathology
  • Vascular System Injuries / surgery
  • Vascular System Injuries / therapy*
  • Young Adult