Custom bifurcated stent-graft for abdominal aortic aneurysms: Initial experience

John A. Kaufman, David C. Brewster, Stuart C. Geller, Chieh Min Fan, Richard P. Cambria, William A. Abbott, Arthur C. Waltman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1099-1106
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysms, aortic
  • Angiography
  • Aorta, grafts and prostheses
  • Stents and prostheses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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