Aortic Arch and Thoracic Aorta Curvature Remodeling after Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair

Gaspar Mestres, Marvin E. Garcia, Xavier Yugueros, Rodrigo Urrea, Paolo Tripodi, Fernando Gomez, Jordi Maeso, Vincent Riambau

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© 2016 Elsevier Inc. Background The objective of this study was to analyze the original curvature of the aortic arch and thoracic aorta, and how it is modified after the placement of a thoracic endograft. Methods We retrospectively analyzed all patients primarily treated for thoracic aortic aneurysms and blunt traumatic aortic injuries by means of an endograft sealed into the aortic arch (zones, Z1–Z3) in 2 different centers (Vascular Surgery Division, Hospital Clinic, UB; and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Department, Hospital Vall d'Hebron, UAB; Barcelona, Spain), between 2010 and 2015. The last preoperative and early (1-month) postoperative computed tomography angiography (CTA) was obtained for all cases, and an accurate 3-dimensional (3D) center lumen line was created, from the aortic valve to the renal arteries. Angles in 2-dimensional (2D; XY-plane) and 3D (referred to cranial-caudal Z-axis) were analyzed in: the distal ascending aorta, aortic arch, and thoracic aorta (at 5, 10, 15, and 20 cm from the brachiocephalic trunk [BCT]) and celiac trunk (CT). Changes in preoperative–postoperative CTA were compared independently for both diseases. Thirty-six cases were included (20 aneurysms, 16 blunt traumatic injuries; mean age, 69.5 and 42.5 years). Results After placement of an aortic endograft (sealed in Z1–Z2 in 30% of aneurysms and 75% of traumatic injuries; mean endograft length: 22.6 cm and 11.3 cm, respectively), a global left anterior displacement of the ascending aorta was observed (2D examination: −13.1° and −7.5°, P = 0.049 and 0.041, respectively). The 3D examination showed an average increase of the aortic angle at 5 and 10 cm from the BCT in the whole sample (+4.0°, +4.9° in reference to the vertical; P = 0.017, 0.001), softening the curvature of the proximal descending thoracic aorta. In addition, in traumatic injuries, a decrease in the aortic arch angle was observed (−3.5°, P = 0.030). Conclusions Placement of an endograft into the aortic arch and proximal thoracic aorta engenders a softening of the proximal descending thoracic aorta curvature, increasing its angle from the vertical. In blunt traumatic aortic injuries (with shorter and more proximally sealed endografts), an additional decrease of the aortic arch angle (3.5° more vertical), was observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-241
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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