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Evid Based Spine Care J. 2013 Oct;4(2):149-53. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1357358.

Periaortic pedicle screw removal with endovascular control of the aorta and intraoperative aortography: a case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
  • 2Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

Abstract

Study Design  Case report and review of the literature. Objective The objective of the article is to report the case of a 20-year-old patient with a threatened aortic injury from pedicle screw instrumentation successfully managed without aortic grafting. Methods The patient's clinical course is retrospectively reviewed. The offending hardware was removed after gaining endovascular control of the aorta. Results Intraoperative aortography was normal and no graft was placed. The patient remains asymptomatic at 2 years after surgery. Conclusions Hardware impinging on the aorta can safely be removed by gaining endovascular control of the aorta. In the setting of normal intraoperative aortography in a young patient, we recommend against further intervention to avoid the known morbidity of aortic grafting.

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aortic graft; aortography; complication; endovascular aortic repair; pedicle screw fixation; vascular injury

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