Classification of anatomic involvement of the iliocaval venous outflow tract and its relationship to outcomes after iliocaval venous stenting

Jason Crowner, William Marston, Jose Almeida, Robert McLafferty, Marc Passman

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Objective Iliocaval venous obstruction (ICVO) includes a wide spectrum of iliac vein and vena cava obstructive patterns but anatomic classification is lacking, making comparisons of treatment modalities difficult. The purpose of this study was to propose an anatomic classification for ICVO based on patterns of venous obstruction and to correlate severity to clinically relevant outcomes. Methods A multi-institutional retrospective evaluation of patients with ICVO who underwent venous stenting procedures was performed to identify anatomic patterns of iliocaval obstruction. The sites of venous disease were categorized on the basis of computed tomography or magnetic resonance venography supplemented by contrast venography or intravascular ultrasound. Proposed anatomic classification was defined as follows: type I, stenosis of a single venous segment; type II, stenosis of multiple venous segments; type III, occlusion of a single venous segment; and type IV, occlusion of multiple venous segments. Anatomic segments included in the classification scheme were defined as inferior vena cava, common iliac vein, external iliac vein, and common femoral vein. All patients underwent attempted stenting to re-establish normal iliocaval outflow. Outcomes, including initial procedural success and rethrombosis rates within 6 months, were determined for each type of ICVO. Results A consecutive 120 patients with ICVO underwent venography and attempted intervention. The type of ICVO was well distributed across all categories, with type I involvement identified in 42.5% of cases, type II in 19.2%, type III in 13.3%, and type IV in 25%. Procedural success was achieved significantly more often in types I and II ICVO (P =.02). Stent reocclusion was more frequent in type IV ICVO (26.7%) than in type I (7.8%) or type II ICVO (4.3%) (P =.009). Conclusions On the basis of a proposed anatomic classification, the diversity of ICVO may be stratified according to the severity of venous involvement. The anatomic classification was found to correlate to the technical success and short-term patency of venous intervention. Prospective evaluation is required to further validate the utility of this new anatomic classification system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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