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      Acute Thrombotic Occlusion of Left Internal Jugular Vein Compressed by Bypass Graft for Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair Debranching Procedure

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          Thoracic endovascular aortic repair has become a widespread alternative treatment option for thoracic aortic aneurysm. The debranching of arch vessels may be required to provide an acceptable landing zone for an endovascular stent graft. We report a case where the bypass graft used in the thoracic endovascular aortic repair procedure compressed the left internal jugular vein, causing acute thrombotic occlusion.

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          Neurologic complications associated with endovascular repair of thoracic aortic pathology: Incidence and risk factors. a study from the European Collaborators on Stent/Graft Techniques for Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EUROSTAR) registry.

          Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic disease may be associated with severe neurologic complications. The current study used the data of a multicenter registry to assess of the incidence and the risk factors for paraplegia or paraparesis and intracranial stroke. The European Collaborators on Stent/Graft Techniques for Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EUROSTAR) database prospectively enrolled 606 patients. Thoracic pathologies with urgent or elective presentation, which included degenerative aneurysm in 291, aortic dissection in 215, traumatic rupture in 67, anastomotic false aneurysm in 24, and infectious or nonspecified disorders in 9. Study end points included evidence of perioperative spinal cord ischemia (SCI) or stroke. Univariate analysis and multivariate regression models were used to assess the significance of clinical factors that potentially influenced the occurrence of neurological sequelae. Paraplegia or paraparesis developed in 15 patients (2.5%) and stroke in 19 (3.1%); two patients had both complications. At multivariate regression analysis, independent correlation with SCI was observed for four factors: (1) left subclavian artery covering without revascularization (odds ratio [OR], 3.9; P = .027), (2) renal failure (OR, 3.6; P = .02), (3) concomitant open abdominal aorta surgery (OR, 5.5; P = .037) and (4) three or more stent grafts used (OR, 3.5; P = .043). In patients with perioperative stroke, two correlating factors were identified: (1) duration of the intervention (OR, 6.4; P = .0045) and (2) female sex (OR, 3.3; P = .023). A neurologic complication (paraplegia or stroke) developed in 8.4% of the patients in whom left subclavian covering was required compared with 0% of patients with prophylactic revascularization (P = .049). Perioperative paraplegia or paraparesis was significantly associated with blockage of the left subclavian artery without revascularization. The clinical significance of this source of collateral perfusion of the spinal cord had not been confirmed previously. Intracranial stroke was associated with lengthy manipulation of wires, catheters, and introducer sheaths within the aortic arch, reflected by a longer duration of the procedure.
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            Carotid-carotid crossover bypass: is it a durable procedure?

            Reconstruction of a diseased common carotid artery may necessitate direct repair via aortic artery-based revascularization. However, carotid-carotid artery crossover grafting is an alternative extra-anatomic option that obviates the need for median sternotomy. We analyzed our results with carotid-carotid artery crossover bypass surgery. Data were analyzed for all patients undergoing carotid-carotid crossover bypass surgery from 1995 to 2000. Data on patient demographics, indications for surgery, perioperative morbidity and mortality, and graft patency were retrieved from a vascular surgery data base and hospital records. Stroke-free survival and graft patency were determined with life table methods. Over 5 years, 24 carotid-carotid artery crossover bypass procedures were performed to treat both symptomatic (n = 19, 79%) and asymptomatic (n = 5, 17%) disease. Nine procedures (38%) were performed in men, 3 (13%) in patients with diabetes, 12 (50%) in active smokers, and 2 in patients with a history of Takayasu arteritis. Patient mean age was 63 years (range, 38-79 years). Twenty-three patients (96%) received polytetrafluoroethylene conduit grafts, and the remaining patients received vein grafts. Ten (42%) patients underwent concomitant endarterectomy. There were no perioperative deaths. One patient (4%) had asymptomatic early occlusion, one had transient neurologic deficit (4%), one (4%) required additional surgery because of bleeding, and one (4%) had a perioperative cerebrovascular accident (stroke). Three (17%) asymptomatic late occlusions were identified at 11, 57, and 64 months, respectively. Mean follow-up was 30 months (range, 1-70 months). Primary patency was 88%, and secondary patency was 92% at 3 years. Stroke-free survival was 94% at 4 years. Carotid-carotid artery crossover bypass surgery is a safe and durable procedure. Its use precludes the need for median sternotomy and provides acceptable stroke-free survival.
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              Endovascular aortic arch reconstruction with supra-aortic transposition for symptomatic contained rupture and dissection: early experience in 8 high-risk patients.

              To report our initial experience with total and subtotal endovascular aortic arch reconstruction combined with supra-aortic vessel transposition in high-risk patients and to present a new morphological classification of thoracic aortic lesions for patient and procedure selection. Among 80 patients treated with thoracic stent-grafts at our department between 1997 and 2003, 8 patients (6 men; mean age 71 years, range 45-81) unfit for open repair were not candidates for standard endovascular repair due to inadequate proximal landing zones on the aortic arch. Commercially available endografts (Excluder, Zenith, Endofit, Talent) were used to repair the arch after supra-aortic vessel transposition was performed. The endograft was implanted transfemorally or via an iliac Dacron conduit graft with standardized endovascular techniques and deployed during intravenous adenosine-induced asystole. The imaging data from all thoracic endograft patients was analyzed to classify thoracic and thoracoabdominal lesions according to a 4-level anatomical system. Deployment success was 100% after staged supra-aortic vessel transposition, but 1 patient died of endograft-related rupture of the proximal aortic arch. There was no neurological complication. Mean follow-up was 16 months (range 1-36). Patency of all endografts and conventional bypasses was 100%, and no migration was observed. One minor type II endoleak was demonstrated. Initial results are encouraging for endovascular aortic arch repair in combination with supra-aortic transposition in selected high-risk patients with complex aortic pathologies.

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                Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg
                Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg
                The Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
                The Korean Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
                December 2014
                05 December 2014
                : 47
                : 6
                : 552-555
                [1 ]Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Saint Carollo General Hospital
                [2 ]Chosun University School of Medicine
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Sang Wan Ryu, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Chosun University Hospital, School of Medicine, Chosun University, 365, Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwang-ju 501-717, Korea, (Tel) 82-62-220-3160, (Fax) 82-62-232-5723, (E-mail) ryusangwan@
                Copyright © 2014 by The Korean Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. All rights Reserved.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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