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J Endovasc Ther. 2004 Dec;11 Suppl 2:II82-95.

Management of abdominal aortic aneurysm: a decade of progress.

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Division of Vascular Surgery, UCSF, San Francisco, California 94143, USA.


Since the world was first introduced to the concept of endovascular aneurysm repair by Parodi's landmark procedures in 1990, stent-grafts have assumed a prominent role in the management of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Most modern systems are trackable, accurate, and secure. The resulting endovascular procedure is safe, durable, effective, and versatile. Perhaps the most significant increment in the applicability of the endovascular technique was achieved by the development of bifurcated stent-grafts, which dispensed with inadequate distal aortic implantation sites. Additional branches and fenestrations now permit endovascular repair in cases of thoracoabdominal, pararenal, juxtarenal, and bilateral iliac aneurysms. These advances in device performance have been accompanied by a rapid dissemination of necessary skills, leading to the development of a new superspecialty of vascular therapy, with elements of vascular surgery, interventional radiology, and interventional cardiology.

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