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Revista argentina de cardiología

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BERTONI, Hernán G. et al. Endovascular Treatment of the Descending Thoracic Aorta: Mid-Term Results. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2007, vol.75, n.2, pp. 96-102. ISSN 1850-3748.

Objective The purpose of this paper is to assess and report our immediate and mid-term results with the endoluminal treatment of aneurysmal disease of the descending thoracic aorta, using an endoprosthesis or stent-graft. Material and Methods From August 1999 to August 2006, 74 consecutive patients (53 men and 21 women) were treated with an endovascular self-expanding stent-graft. Their mean age was 60 ± 14.8 years. Indications for treatment were: acute dissection in 8 patients (11%), chronic dissection in 31 patients (42%), intramural hematoma in 5 patients (7%), true aneurysm in 17 patients (23%), penetrating ulcer in 4 patients (5%) and posttraumatic pseudoaneurysm in 9 patients (12%). Results The implant of the device was successful in 73 patients (98.6%); no patient required surgical conversion. There were no cases of paraplegia or neurological deficit. Thirty-day mortality was 8.1% (n = 6). Median follow-up time was 33.5 months (range: 1-79 months) and overall survival was 84% (CI: 69-92%) and 91% (CI: 77-97%), according to whether early mortality was included or not. Ninetythree percent of patients (CI: 84-97%) were free from procedure- related complications. Most complications occurred during the first year of follow-up. Conclusions Endovascular treatment of the descending thoracic aorta with self-expanding stent-grafts is feasible and safe. Based on the low incidence of events reported in the surgical series published, we believe this is the procedure of choice in selected patients.

Palabras clave : Aorta; Thoracic; Blood vessel prótesis; Stent.

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