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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2008 Oct;36(4):424-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2008.06.027. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Kissing stents in the aortic bifurcation--a valid reconstruction for aorto-iliac occlusive disease.

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Vascular Center, Malmö, Sweden.



To evaluate outcome and patency predicting factors of kissingstent treatment for aorto iliac occlusive disease (AIOD).


Patients treated with kissingstents for AOID between 1995 and 2004 at a tertiary referral center were identified through local databases. Chart review and preoperative images were used for TASC and Fontaine classification. Follow-up consisted of clinical exams, ABI and/or duplex. Patency rates were estimated by Kaplan-Meier analysis, and Cox multivariate regression was used to determine factors associated with patency.


173 consecutive patients (46% male, mean 64 years) were identified. TASC distribution was: A 15%, B 34%, C 10%, D 41%. Mean follow-up was 36 months (range: 1-144). 30-day mortality was 1% (2 patients), and 1-year survival was 91% (157 patients). 2 patients underwent late, open conversion and 13 patients suffered minor puncture site complications. Primary, assisted primary and secondary patency was: 97%, 99% and 100%, and 83%, 90% and 95% at twelve and 36 months respectively. There was no significant difference in patency between the TASC groups. Patency was significantly worse for patients in Fontaine class III.


Aortoiliac kissing stents is a valid alternative to open repair for TASC A-D lesions. The procedure has low mortality and morbidity and good patency at 3 years.

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