PURPOSE: To describe a custom bifurcated stent-graft for possible treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five male patients (mean age, 76 ± 6 years), who had AAA (mean diameter, 4.7 ± 0.4 cm) and who were considered to be at high risk for conventional surgery, were treated with a custom modular bifurcated stent-graft constructed with bifurcated 24-mm x 12-mm (upper body diameter x iliac limb diameter) Cooley Veri-Soft Woven polyester grafts and Gianturco-Rosch Z stents. The stent- graft body was delivered through 20-22-F sheaths, and the contralateral iliac limb was delivered through a 16-F sheath by means of surgical exposure of the common femoral arteries. A flared distal limb extender (12 mm to 14 mm) was created for one patient to accommodate a large common iliac artery. RESULTS: Stent-grafts were successfully deployed without complications in all five patients. There were no proximal or distal leaks. A lumbar-to-inferior mesenteric artery leak was seen in one patient at 24 hours. At 6-month follow-up, all devices were intact, with complete exclusion and shrinkage of the aneurysm in four of five patients. Aneurysm size remained stable in the one patient with a lumbar-to-inferior mesenteric artery leak. CONCLUSION: A custom, bifurcated stent-graft was utilized for endovascular treatment of AAA. Long-term follow-up is necessary for the device.
- Aneurysms, aortic
- Aorta, grafts and prostheses
- Stents and prostheses
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine