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, 26 (8), 1047-51

Suitability of Endovascular Repair With Current Stent Grafts for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Korean Patients


Suitability of Endovascular Repair With Current Stent Grafts for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Korean Patients

Kay-Hyun Park et al. J Korean Med Sci.


Suitability rate of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and the anatomic features causing unsuitability have not been well determined in Asian patients who have abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). In a single Korean center, a total of 191 patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (maximal diameter ≥ 4 cm) were identified. Aortoiliac morphologic characteristics in contrast-enhanced computed tomography images were retrospectively reviewed to determine suitability for EVAR with four FDA-approved stent-grafts. AAA was considered ideally suitable for EVAR in 46.6% of patients. The most frequent causes for unsuitability were common iliac artery (CIA) aneurysm (61.8%) and excessive neck angulation (52.9%). Problems such as small and/or short neck and small access were found in minor incidences. If CIA aneurysm is dealt by overstenting with sacrifice of internal iliac artery, suitability rate can increase to 65%. Larger aneurysms were more frequently unsuitable for EVAR and had more chance of having multiple unfavorable features. In conclusion, the overall feasibility rate for EVAR in Korean patients was not different from that in Western patients. However, considering the difference in the major causes of unsuitability, more attention has to be paid to neck angulation and CIA aneurysm to provide EVAR for more Korean patients especially who have large aneurysm.

Keywords: Aorta; Aortic Aneurysm; Aortic Surgery; Endovascular Stent.


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Fig. 1
Maximal diameter of abdominal aortic aneurysm versus EVAR suitability. EVAR, endovascular aneurysm repair; AAA, abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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