CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 906–917 | Cite as

Ten-Year Follow-Up of Endovascular Aneurysm Treatment with Talent Stent-Grafts

  • Michael B. Pitton
  • Tobias Scheschkowski
  • Markus Ring
  • Sascha Herber
  • Katja Oberholzer
  • Annegret Leicher-Düber
  • Achim Neufang
  • Walther Schmiedt
  • Christoph Düber
Clinical Investigation


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical results, complications, and secondary interventions during long-term follow-up after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and to investigate the impact of endoleak sizes on aneurysm shrinkage. From 1997 to March 2007, 127 patients (12 female, 115 male; age, 73.0 ± 7.2 years) with abdominal aortic aneurysms were treated with Talent stent-grafts. Follow-up included clinical visits, contrast-enhanced MDCT, and radiographs at 3, 6, and 12 months and then annually. Results were analyzed with respect to clinical outcome, secondary interventions, endoleak rate and management, and change in aneurysm size. There was no need for primary conversion surgery. Thirty-day mortality was 1.6% (two myocardial infarctions). Procedure-related morbidity was 2.4% (paraplegia, partial infarction of one kidney, and inguinal bleeding requiring surgery). Mean follow-up was 47.7 ± 34.2 months (range, 0–123 months). Thirty-nine patients died during follow-up; three of the deaths were related to aneurysm (aneurysm rupture due to endoleak, n = 1; secondary surgical reintervention n = 2). During follow-up, a total of 29 secondary procedures were performed in 19 patients, including 14 percutaneous procedures (10 patients) and 15 surgical procedures (12 patients), including 4 cases with late conversion to open aortic repair (stent-graft infection, n = 1; migration, endoleak, or endotension, n = 3). Overall mean survival was 84.5 ± 4.7 months. Mean survival and freedom from any event was 66.7 ± 4.5 months. MRI depicted significantly more endoleaks compared to MDCT (23.5% vs. 14.3%; P < 0.01). Patients in whom all aneurysm side branches were occluded prior to stent-grafting showed a significantly reduced incidence of large endoleaks. Endoleaks >10% of the aneurysm area were associated with reduced aneurysm shrinkage compared to no endoleaks or <10% endoleaks (Δ at 3 years, −1.8% vs. −12.0%; P < 0.05). In conclusion, endovascular aneurysm treatment with Talent stent-grafts demonstrated encouraging long-term results with moderate secondary intervention rates. Primary occlusion of all aortic side branches reduced the incidence of large endoleaks. Large endoleaks significantly impaired aneurysm shrinkage, whereas small endoleaks did not.


Abdominal aortic aneurysm Endovascular treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael B. Pitton
    • 1
  • Tobias Scheschkowski
    • 1
  • Markus Ring
    • 1
  • Sascha Herber
    • 1
  • Katja Oberholzer
    • 1
  • Annegret Leicher-Düber
    • 1
  • Achim Neufang
    • 2
  • Walther Schmiedt
    • 2
  • Christoph Düber
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity Hospital of Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic SurgeryUniversity Hospital of Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany

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