Animal Model for Percutaneous Creation of Traumatic Thoracic Aortic Transection

Hanno Hoppe, Won Kyu Park, Luiz O. Correa, Wie Lu, Long Liu, Hans A. Timmermanns, Dusan Pavcnik, Barry T. Uchida, Howard K. Song, Josef Rösch, John A. Kaufman

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Purpose: This study was conducted to create an animal model for thoracic aortic transection that is suitable for thoracic endograft research. Materials and Methods: Percutaneous aortic transection creation was attempted in 12 sheep. A custom collapsible circumferential cutting device was inserted into the proximal descending thoracic aorta via a femoral approach with an 11-F delivery catheter. The device was deployed 2 cm distal to the left subclavian artery origin and rotated 20 times to create aortic transection. Aortic diameters, mean aortic pressures, and heart rates were tested for degrees of difference between measurements before and after the creation of transection. On necropsy, the extent of aortic damage was classified as none, nontransmural, or transmural, and aortic transection was classified as none, partial, or circumferential. Results: On angiography, creation of transmural thoracic aortic transection was successful in 91.7% (11/12) of animals. Aortic transection was circumferential in 54.4% (6/11) of animals and partial in 45.6% (5/11) of animals. Mean aortic diameter was 19.6 ± 3.4 mm (range 12-24 mm) pre-transection and 25.8 ± 4.5 mm (range 17.8-33 mm) post-transection (P = .0003). Pre-transection, mean aortic pressure was 79 ± 13.8 mmHg, and 64.6 ± 15.8 mmHg 15 min post-transection (P = .041). Pre-transection, mean heart rate was 94.5 ± 17.2 beats per minute (bpm), and 105.8 ± 17.2 bpm 15 min post-transection (P = .0057). Conclusions: Thoracic aortic transection was successfully created percutaneously in most animals. The animals remained in hemodynamically stable condition for as long as 240 minutes after the creation of aortic injury. This percutaneous animal model is straightforward and may be of potential value for future thoracic endograft research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105.e1-105.e7
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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