Imaging work-up and endovascular treatment options for aorto-enteric fistula

Cardiovasc Diagn Ther. 2018 Apr;8(Suppl 1):S200-S207. doi: 10.21037/cdt.2017.10.05.


Aorto-enteric fistula (AEF) is a rare life-threatening condition. Early recognition and diagnosis are of paramount importance to improve outcome. In this article four cases of AEF with relevant pre- and post-procedural images are presented to demonstrate the utility of cross-sectional imaging in the work-up of AEF. The literature is reviewed to describe the typical presentation of AEF, the diagnostic work-up of AEF, and the different methods used to treat AEF. Endovascular repair of AEF is gaining increasing attention due to its decreased short-term mortality compared to open surgical techniques.

Keywords: Imaging; aorto-enteric fistula (AEF); endovascular treatment; surgical options.

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  • Review