Endovascular Treatment of Penetrating Aortic Ulcers: Mid-term Results

I. Dalainas, G. Nano, M. Medda, P. Bianchi, R. Casana, F. Ramponi, S. Stegher, G. Malacrida, L. Inglese, D. G. Tealdi

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate mid-term results of endovascular treatment of penetrating aortic ulcers. Methods: Between February 2000 and November 2006, 18 consecutive patients underwent endovascular treatment of the descending thoracic aorta (N = 16) and abdominal infrarenal aorta (N = 2) for penetrating aortic ulcer, in a single University Hospital. Data were prospectively collected and retrospectively analyzed. Mean follow-up was 41 months (range 4 to 77 months). Results: Technical success was achieved in all patients. No perioperative deaths occurred. No conversion to open repair or secondary procedures were required. Two patients died in the follow-up period for reasons not related to penetrating aortic ulcers. One type II endoleak was observed. It was still present, unchanged, twelve months after the procedure. Conclusion: Endovascular treatment of penetrating aortic ulcers of the descending thoracic and infrarenal aorta were safe and effective in the mid-term in this small series of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Acute aortic syndrome
  • Penetrating aortic ulcer
  • Stent-graft
  • Thoracic aorta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Surgery


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