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N Engl J Med. 2010 May 20;362(20):1872-80. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0911056. Epub 2010 Apr 11.

Endovascular repair of aortic aneurysm in patients physically ineligible for open repair.

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Greenhalgh RM, Allison DJ, Bell PR, Buxton MJ, Harris PL, Hopkinson BR, Powell JT, Russell IT, Thompson SG, Brown LC, Brown LC, Epstein D, Sculpher MJ, Thompson SG, Greenhalgh RM, Beard JD, Buxton MJ, Harris PL, Powell JT, Rose JD, Russell IT, Sculpher MJ, Thompson SG, Lilford RJ, Bell PR, Greenhalgh RM, Whitaker SC, Poole-Wilson PA, Ruckley CV, Campbell WB, Dean MR, Ruttley MS, Coles EC, Powell JT, Halliday A, Gibbs S, Dorricott HD, Varty K, Cousins C, Hannon RJ, Johnston L, Bradbury AW, Henderson MJ, Parvin SD, Shepherd DF, Greenhalgh RM, Mitchell AW, Edwards PR, Abbott GT, Higman DJ, Vohra A, Ashley S, Robottom C, Wyatt MG, Rose JD, Byrne D, Edwards R, Leiberman DP, McCarter DH, Taylor PR, Reidy JF, Wilkinson AR, Ettles DF, Clason AE, Leen GL, Wilson NV, Downes M, Walker SR, Lavelle JM, Gough MJ, McPherson S, Scott DJ, Kessell DO, Naylor R, Sayers R, Fishwick NG, Harris PL, Gould DA, Walker MG, Chalmers NC, Garnham A, Collins MA, Beard JD, Gaines PA, Ashour MY, Uberoi R, Braithwaite B, Whitaker SC, Davies JN, Travis S, Hamilton G, Platts A, Shandall A, Sullivan BA, Sobeh M, Matson M, Fox AD, Orme R, Yusef W, Doyle T, Horrocks M, Hardman J, Blair PH, Ellis PK, Morris G, Odurny A, Vohra R, Duddy M, Thompson M, Loosemore TM, Belli AM, Morgan R, Adiseshiah M, Brookes JA, McCollum CN, Ashleigh R, Aukett M, Baker S, Barbe E, Batson N, Bell J, Blundell J, Boardley D, Boyes S, Brown O, Bryce J, Carmichael M, Chance T, Coleman J, Cosgrove C, Curran G, Dennison T, Devine C, Dewhirst N, Errington B, Farrell H, Fisher C, Fulford P, Gough M, Graham C, Hooper R, Horne G, Horrocks L, Hughes B, Hutchings T, Ireland M, Judge C, Kelly L, Kemp J, Kite A, Kivela M, Lapworth M, Lee C, Linekar L, Mahmood A, March L, Martin J, Matharu N, McGuigen K, Morris-Vincent P, Murray S, Murtagh A, Owen G, Ramoutar V, Rippin C, Rowley J, Sinclair J, Spencer S, Taylor V, Tomlinson C, Ward S, Wealleans V, West J, White K, Williams J, Wilson L.



Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm was originally developed for patients who were considered to be physically ineligible for open surgical repair. Data are lacking on the question of whether endovascular repair reduces the rate of death among these patients.


From 1999 through 2004 at 33 hospitals in the United Kingdom, we randomly assigned 404 patients with large abdominal aortic aneurysms (> or = 5.5 cm in diameter) who were considered to be physically ineligible for open repair to undergo either endovascular repair or no repair; 197 patients were assigned to undergo endovascular repair, and 207 were assigned to have no intervention. Patients were followed for rates of death, graft-related complications and reinterventions, and costs until the end of 2009. Cox regression was used to compare outcomes in the two groups.


The 30-day operative mortality was 7.3% in the endovascular-repair group. The overall rate of aneurysm rupture in the no-intervention group was 12.4 (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.6 to 16.2) per 100 person-years. Aneurysm-related mortality was lower in the endovascular-repair group (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.32 to 0.89; P=0.02). This advantage did not result in any benefit in terms of total mortality (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.78 to 1.27; P=0.97). A total of 48% of patients who survived endovascular repair had graft-related complications, and 27% required reintervention within the first 6 years. During 8 years of follow-up, endovascular repair was considerably more expensive than no repair (cost difference, 9,826 pounds sterling [U.S. $14,867]; 95% CI, 7,638 to 12,013 [11,556 to 18,176]).


In this randomized trial involving patients who were physically ineligible for open repair, endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm was associated with a significantly lower rate of aneurysm-related mortality than no repair. However, endovascular repair was not associated with a reduction in the rate of death from any cause. The rates of graft-related complications and reinterventions were higher with endovascular repair, and it was more costly. (Current Controlled Trials number, ISRCTN55703451.)

2010 Massachusetts Medical Society

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