Treatment of aortic arch aneurysms with a modular transfemoral multibranched stent graft: Initial experience

C. Lioupis, M. M. Corriveau, K. S. MacKenzie, D. I. Obrand, O. K. Steinmetz, C. Z. Abraham

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Objectives: To present initial experience with a new modular transfemoral multibranched stent graft for treating aortic arch aneurysms. Methods: Six patients, considered high risk for open surgery, were treated with custom made branched stent grafts. All patients had a staged left carotid subclavian bypass before the endovascular procedure. Each branched graft had a 12 mm side branch for the innominate artery and an 8 mm side branch for the left common carotid artery. Results: Four patients out of six had uneventful placement of the prostheses, with successful exclusion of their aneurysms. One patient developed a type I endoleak that was managed successfully with coiling and gluing of the aneurysm sac. In one patient, cannulation of the innominate branch was unsuccessful and an extra-anatomic bypass was necessary to perfuse the right carotid and vertebral arteries. This patient developed a stroke, while one more suffered a right cerebellar infarct. Conclusion: We have demonstrated the technical feasibility of a modular transfemoral branched stent graft for treatment of aortic arch aneurysms. The method is relatively safe based on initial experience. More cases and long-term follow up are necessary to evaluate the efficacy and safety of this new device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-532
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aortic arch aneurysms
  • Branched stent grafts
  • Endovascular repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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