Aortic dissection: Percutaneous management of ischemic complications with endovascular stents and balloon fenestration

S. M. Slonim, U. Nyman, C. P. Semba, D. C. Miller, R. S. Mitchell, M. D. Dake, R. P. Cambria, R. S. Mitchell, D. C. Miller, J. V. White, D. C. Brewster

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate endovascular stenting (EVS) and balloon fenestration (BF) of intimal flaps for the management of lower extremity, renal, and visceral ischemia in acute or chronic aortic dissection. Methods: Twenty-two patients (16 male, 6 female) with a median age of 53 years (range 35 to 77 years) underwent percutaneous treatment for peripheral ischemic complications of 12 type A (five acute, seven chronic) and 10 type B (nine acute, one chronic) aortic dissections. Results: Ten patients had leg ischemia, 13 had renal ischemia, and 6 had visceral ischemia. Sixteen patients were treated with EVS including 11 with renal, 6 with lower extremity, 2 with superior mesenteric artery, and 2 with aortic stents. Three patients had BF of the intimal flap, and three had BF in combination with EVS. Revascularization with clinical success was achieved in all 22 patients. Two patients died 3 days and 13.4 months after the procedure was performed, respectively. Of the remaining 20 patients, 1 is lost to follow-up, and 19 have persistent relief of clinical symptoms. Mean follow- up time is 13.7 months (range 1.1 to 46.5 months). One case was complicated by guidewire-induced perinephric hematoma. Conclusion: EVS and BF provide a safe and effective percutaneous method for managing peripheral ischemic complications of aortic dissection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-253
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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