Combined Ascending Aortic Stent-Graft and Inner Branched Arch Device for Type A Aortic Dissection

J Endovasc Ther. 2018 Oct;25(5):561-565. doi: 10.1177/1526602818790568. Epub 2018 Aug 2.


Purpose: To report the use of the Zenith Ascend stent-graft in conjunction with the Zenith inner branched arch device to treat type A aortic dissection.

Case report: Five patients (mean age 66 years, range 52-78; 4 men) with type A aortic dissection (2 acute) and insufficient distal landing zones were treated with the Zenith Ascend stent-graft and inner branched arch devices to extend the distal landing zone. Left carotid-subclavian bypass was performed in a staged or simultaneous setting depending on the urgency of the condition. Technical success (no type I or III endoleak and successful revascularization of all supra-aortic vessels) was achieved in all patients. Median intensive care unit stay was 5 days (range 4-23) and the median hospital stay was 16 days (range 8-25). The 2 patients with acute dissection died in hospital and at 5 months, respectively. The 3 elective patients were followed for 7, 13, and 19 months, respectively. All had false lumen thrombosis with either a reduced or stable aneurysm diameter.

Conclusion: This limited experience demonstrated the feasibility and safety of the combined use of the Ascend stent-graft and inner branched arch devices. This strategy may sometimes be more beneficial than either stent-graft used alone.

Keywords: aortic arch; aortic arch aneurysm; branched arch stent-graft; endograft; inner branched stent-graft; thoracic endovascular aortic repair; type A aortic dissection.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting / mortality
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting / surgery*
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / mortality
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / surgery*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / adverse effects
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / mortality
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis*
  • Endovascular Procedures / adverse effects
  • Endovascular Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Endovascular Procedures / mortality
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Stents*
  • Treatment Outcome