A Comparison of AneuRx Aortic Cuff and Zenith Distal Flare Exclusion of Common Iliac Artery Ectasia for Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

Albert Hakaim, L. Louis Lau, Beate Neuhauser, Josef Klocker, W. Andrew Oldenburg, J. Mark McKinney, Ricardo Paz-Fumigalli, Andrew Stockland

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Stent-grafts are ideally terminated within the common iliac artery (CIA). However, CIA ectasia may require hypogastric artery occlusion, with stent-graft extension to the external iliac artery. Alternatively, the diameter of the distal stent-graft may be increased, or flared, to allow exclusion of the abdominal aortic aneurysm. This report details the authors' experience with this technique. Forty-one patients received bifurcated stent-grafts (BSG): 20 received an AneuRx device, and 21 received a Zenith device. CIA ectasia (diameter 15-25 mm) was treated with a distal flare of 2-4 mm greater than the CIA diameter. Patients were followed up with computed tomography scan at 1, 6, and 12 months. Statistical analysis was performed using ANOVA within groups and unpaired two-tailed t test between groups. A p value of < 0.05 was considered significant. Eight of 20 patients (40%) (11 CIA) received an AneuRx device and 13/21 (62%) (17 CIA) received a Zenith device, with a distal flare. Values are (n) mean (mm) ± SE. There were no deaths, endoleaks, migrations, or conversions to open repair. Follow-up mean was 24.7 and 20.6 (range 15-28) months for AneuRx and Zenith groups, respectively. In comparing initial and 12-month CIA diameters, AneuRx grafts 20 ± 0.8 vs 21.5 ± 1.0 were not significantly different, p = 0.2, nor was the same comparison for Zenith, 17 ± 0.5 vs 19.1 ± 0.4, significant, p = 0.57. At a mean follow-up of 12 months, distal flare of iliac limbs with either AneuRx or Zenith devices affords a seal for CIA ectasia and/or aneurysms complicating EVAR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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