CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 975–980 | Cite as

Outcomes of Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair in Patients with Hostile Neck Anatomy

  • Edward Choke
  • Graham Munneke
  • Robert Morgan
  • Anna-Maria Belli
  • Ian Loftus
  • Robert McFarland
  • Thomas Loosemore
  • Matthew M. Thompson



The principal anatomic contraindication to endovascular aneurysm repair (EVR) is an unfavorable proximal aortic neck. With increasing experience, a greater proportion of patients with unfavorable neck anatomy are being offered EVR. This study aimed to evaluate outcomes in patients with challenging proximal aortic neck anatomy.


Prospectively collected data from 147 consecutive patients who underwent EVR between December 1997 and April 2005 were supplemented with a retrospective review of medical records and radiological images. Unfavorable anatomic features were defined as neck diameter >28 mm, angulation >60°, circumferential thrombus >50%, and length <10 mm. Eighty-seven patients with 0 adverse features (good necks) were compared with 60 patients with one or more adverse features (hostile necks).


Comparing the good neck with the hostile neck group, there were no significant differences in the incidence of primary technical success (p = 0.15), intraoperative adjunctive procedures (p = 0.22), early proximal type I endoleak (<30 days) (p = 1.0), late proximal type I endoleak (>30 days) (p = 0.57), distal type I endoleak (p = 0.40), type III endoleak (p = 0.51), secondary interventions (p = 1.0), aneurysm sac expansion (p = 0.44), or 30 day mortality (p = 0.70). The good neck group had a significantly increased incidence of type II endoleak (p = 0.023). By multivariate analysis, the incidence of intraoperative adjunctive procedures was significantly increased in the presence of severe angulation (p = 0.041, OR 3.08, 95% CI 1.05–9.04).


Patients with severely hostile proximal aortic neck anatomy may be treated with EVR, although severely angulated necks require additional intraoperative procedures. Early outcomes are encouraging and suggest that indications for EVR may be expanded to include patients with hostile neck anatomy.


Abdominal aortic aneurysm Angulation Diameter Endovascular Length Thrombus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Choke
    • 1
  • Graham Munneke
    • 1
  • Robert Morgan
    • 1
  • Anna-Maria Belli
    • 1
  • Ian Loftus
    • 1
  • Robert McFarland
    • 1
  • Thomas Loosemore
    • 1
  • Matthew M. Thompson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Vascular InstituteSt. George’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Vascular SurgerySt. George’s HospitalLondonUK

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