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Stentgraft Exclusion of Asymptomatic Popliteal Artery Aneurysms—Medium Term Results

Authors
Journal
EJVES Extra
1533-3167
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1533-3167(03)00059-1
Keywords
  • Popliteal Aneurysm
  • Stent Graft

Abstract

Abstract Feasibility studies show that successful exclusion of popliteal artery aneurysms using stentgrafts is possible. Purpose of the Study: Prospective study to evaluate the medium term results after stentgraft exclusion of popliteal artery aneurysms above and below the knee. Setting: Tertiary referral centre, community hospital. Material and Methods: Patients with asymptomatic popliteal artery aneurysms were included into the study. Exclusion criteria: Symptomatic and thrombosed aneurysms. All patients were treated with Wall grafts or Passenger grafts. Results: 25 grafts were percutaneously implanted. There were no major intra- or postprocedural complications and a 100% technical success rate. The median 30 months cumulative patency rate was 75% for above-knee grafts and 27% for below-knee grafts (p<0.002). Conclusion: Stentgraft exclusion can be performed with a low complication rate and with good intermediate term results in asymptomatic above-knee popliteal artery aneurysms. Routine use can not be recommended for below-knee aneurysms.

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