Send to

Choose Destination
Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Oct;57(10):528-33. doi: 10.1007/s11748-009-0477-2. Epub 2009 Oct 16.

Endovascular stent-grafting of anastomotic pseudoaneurysms following thoracic aortic surgery.

Author information

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Sapporo Medical University, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan.



Anastomotic pseudoaneurysm is a rare but life-threatening complication after thoracic aortic surgery. Endovascular stent-grafting is a less invasive treatment for thoracic aortic aneurysm; however, its clinical usefulness for anastomotic pseudoaneurysms following thoracic aortic surgery is unclear.


A series of 12 anastomotic pseudoaneurysms in 10 patients, which occurred following thoracic aortic surgery, underwent endovascular stent-grafting in our university hospital. Eight emergent endovascular stent-grafting cases were included in this study. A hand-made stent-graft, reconstructed by suturing graft material to an endoskeleton of modified Gianturco Z stents, was used in all cases.


The delivery success rate was 91.7%, and the hospital mortality rate was 25.0%. Two cases were converted to open surgery during the postoperative phase because of a type I endoleak. Complete absorption or shrinkage of the anastomotic pseudoaneurysm was observed in seven of nine cases.


Endovascular stent-grafting for patients with anastomotic pseudoaneurysms of the thoracic aorta following thoracic aortic surgery has become a possible optimal treatment. However, long-term outcome remains unclear, and periodical follow-up is required.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer
Loading ...
Support Center