, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 537–540 | Cite as

Percutaneous reconstruction of the innominate bifurcation using the retrograde ‘kissing stents’ technique

  • Shun-ichi Nagata
  • Kiyoshi KazekawaEmail author
  • Shuko Matsubara
  • Sei Sugata
Interventional Neuroradiology



Obstructions of the supraaortic vessels are an important cause of morbidity associated with a variety of symptoms. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty has evolved as an effective and safe treatment modality for occlusive lesions of the supraaortic vessels. However, the endovascular management of an innominate bifurcation has not previously been reported.


A 53-year-old female with a history of systematic hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolemia presented with left hemiparesis and dysarthria. Angiography of the innominate artery showed a stenosis of the innominate bifurcation.


The lesion was successfully treated using the retrograde kissing stent technique via a brachial approach and an exposed direct carotid approach.


The retrograde kissing stent technique for the treatment of a stenosis of the innominate bifurcation was found to be a safe and effective alternative to conventional surgery.


Innominate bifurcation Retrograde Kissing stent technique 


Conflict of interest statement

We declare that we have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shun-ichi Nagata
    • 1
  • Kiyoshi Kazekawa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shuko Matsubara
    • 1
  • Sei Sugata
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryFukuoka University Chikushi HospitalChikushinoJapan
  2. 2.Bironoki Neurosurgical HospitalShibushiJapan

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