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J Endovasc Ther. 2004 Feb;11(1):89-93.

Endovascular techniques in the management of acute arterioenteric fistulas.

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Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report the use of endovascular techniques to emergently treat hemorrhagic complications of rare arterioenteric fistulas.

CASE REPORTS:

Two patients, a 71-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman, presented with acute bleeding arising from primary arterioenteric fistulas. In the first patient, a fistula between the iliac artery and the small intestine complicated laparoscopic treatment of acute appendicitis. In the second patient, irradiation of a metastatic cervical carcinoma led to a fistula between the right iliac artery and the terminal ileum. In both patients, the hemorrhage was controlled with implantation of a Jostent Peripheral Stent-Graft. The man is alive at 3 years with a patent endograft, but the woman died 1 month after treatment from complications of tumor progression.

CONCLUSIONS:

Endovascular application of covered stents provides an alternative treatment, avoiding extensive surgery. In cases of neoplastic erosion of a large vessel, endovascular stenting can offer a palliative solution.

PMID:
14748623
DOI:
10.1177/152660280401100112
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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