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CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 143–147 | Cite as

Resolved Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Following Stent Graft Treatment: A Report of Five Cases

  • Uri Rimon
  • Alexander Garniek
  • Gil Golan
  • Paul Bensaid
  • Yair Galili
  • Jacob Schneiderman
  • Benyamina Morag
Article

Abstract

Complete aneurysm resolution is the hallmark of successful endoluminal stent-graft treatment. We describe 5 patients in whom an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disappeared completely at mid-term follow-up after endovascular stent-graft placement. We reviewed 45 patients (43 men and 2 women) who underwent AAA repair using an endovascular technique, from April 1997 to December 2001. Mean AAA diameter was 58.3 mm. On 48-month follow-up, 12 aneurysms had not changed in size, 4 had grown, 16 had shrunk, and 5 had resolved completely. We describe these 5 patients in detail. The 5 patients were all men, mean age 68 years; their mean aneurysmal sac diameter was 54 mm. The only common finding in all of them was patency of lumbar and inferior mesenteric arteries at pre-procedure evaluation as well as at follow-up. Mean time to complete resolution was 18 months. No major complications were encountered. AAA may resolve completely after endovascular stent-graft implantation. Patent side branches may perhaps contribute to AAA disappearance by antegrade flow. A larger patient population should be reviewed, however, before any statistical conclusion can be drawn.

Keywords

Abdominal aortic aneurysm Stent Graft 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank Prof M. Hertz M.D. for her help with manuscript preparation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uri Rimon
    • 1
  • Alexander Garniek
    • 1
  • Gil Golan
    • 1
  • Paul Bensaid
    • 1
  • Yair Galili
    • 2
  • Jacob Schneiderman
    • 2
  • Benyamina Morag
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Diagnostic RadiologyChaim Sheba Medical Center, affiliated with Tel-Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv Tel-Hashomer 52621Israel
  2. 2.Vascular SurgeryChaim Sheba Medical Center, affiliated with Tel-Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv Tel-Hashomer 52621Israel

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