Total endovascular arch repair is the procedure of the future.

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Total endovascular arch repair is the procedure of the future.

J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2018 Aug;59(4):559-571

Authors: Spanos K, Tsilimparis N, Rohlffs F, Wipper S, Detter C, Behrendt CA, Debus SE, Kölbel T

INTRODUCTION: This study evaluates the current experience on endovascular repair of the aortic arch pathologies, the feasibility and safety of the procedure.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review was performed. MEDLINE, CENTRAL, and Cochrane databases were searched with PRISMA methodology for published studies reporting on endovascular repair of aortic arch pathologies from 2000 to 2018.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Thirteen non-randomized retrospective studies (either single or multicenter), two multicenter Registries and one multicenter non-randomized interventional study were included in the systematic review. The total number of patients who underwent total endovascular repair of the aortic arch pathology with either fenestrated, branched, or a combination of those devices or chimney technique was 952 patients (73%; 634/872 males, mean age ranging from 51 to 78 years). The technical success rate was 96.7% (921/952), while the 30-day mortality rate was 3.3% (32/952). The most common adverse events were endoleak type I (13.5%; 35/259), stroke (5.1%; 49/952), spinal cord ischemia (1.4%; 14/952) and retrograde dissection (1%; 8/952). During the follow-up period (mean ranging: 16.9 to 41.4 months; median ranging: 9 to 44.8 months) the total number of deaths was 31 (4.4%; 31/693). The total loss of supra-aortic vessel patency rate was 1.7% (14/803) and a re-intervention was needed in 50 patients (9%; 50/559; 11 open conversion).
CONCLUSIONS: Endovascular repair of aortic arch pathologies is a feasible treatment option with good early and reasonable mid-term outcomes. This treatment modality approaches a level of maturity and may be considered as a solid alternative method of treatment.

PMID: 29355297 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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