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Successful Endovascular Treatment of Bleeding Aortoenteric Fistula: A Case Report

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Annals of Vascular Surgery


Aortoenteric fistula (AEF) is an infrequent but disastrous complication of open abdominal aortic repair. Left untreated, it has a 100% fatality rate. The traditional approaches to the repair of secondary AEF (SAEF) are associated with average mortality rates of 21-59% and numerous major complications. Here, we report a case of acute gastrointestinal bleeding due to SAEF, successfully treated with endovascular stent graft repair. At 1-year follow-up, the patient was doing well without any signs of recurrent fistula. Endovascular treatment of AEF provides another treatment option that may be particularly valuable in patients whose comorbidities would preclude open repair.

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Shapiro, M., Addis, M.D., Ellozy, S.H. et al. Successful Endovascular Treatment of Bleeding Aortoenteric Fistula: A Case Report. Ann Vasc Surg 20, 817–819 (2006).

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