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Jornal Vascular Brasileiro

versión impresa ISSN 1677-5449versión On-line ISSN 1677-7301

J. vasc. bras. vol.8 no.3 Porto Alegre set. 2009  Epub 23-Oct-2009 



Inner tubing endograft: a new technique for bifurcation preservation


Inner tubing: uma nova técnica para preservação de bifurcações



Alex Lederman; Fernando Tavares Saliture Neto; Boulanger Mioto Netto; Guilherme Linhares Bub; Manoel Augusto Lobato; Ricardo Aun*





Treating narrow arteries and their bifurcations is a major challenge to the endovascular surgeon. We describe a new endovascular technique that was used to treat a narrow aorta and that may also be used to preserve other bifurcations. Using three straight stents may enable the endovascular surgeon to treat bifurcation while maintaining flow to both distal arteries.

Keywords: abdominal aortic aneurysms, iliac artery, vascular prosthesis.


O tratamento de artérias de pequeno calibre e suas bifurcações é um grande desafio para o cirurgião endovascular. Descrevemos uma nova técnica endovascular que foi usada no tratamento de uma aorta de pequeno calibre e que também pode ser usada para preservar outras bifurcações. O uso de três stents retos pode permitir ao cirurgião endovascular o tratamento de bifurcação mantendo o fluxo em ambas as artérias distais.

Palavras-chave: aneurismas de aorta abdominal, artéria ilíaca, prótese vascular.




Endovascular management of aortic lesions has been evolving, with an increasing number of treatment options for patients. Most of the technical difficulties faced by surgeons involve aortic branches and their bifurcations, as well as iliac arteries. Preservation of the internal iliac artery is one of the main difficulties when both sides are involved and endovascular treatment is chosen.

Many authors1-5 have described alternative ways to preserve at least one internal iliac artery. Techniques such as femorofemoral crossover bypass graft,1 reverse-U stent grafting,2 hybrid approaches and even branched grafts3 have been used to preserve internal iliac arteries. The chimney graft6 introduced the principle of parallel tubing to preserve side branches of the thoracic and abdominal aorta.

The inner tubing technique reported here is a simple approach that uses three straight stents to create a new bifurcation. This technique was used to create a new aortic bifurcation, but may also be used in iliac artery bifurcation so as to preserve internal iliac arteries.



This technique consists of deploying a first endograft in the larger vessel, followed by two parallel endografts inside the first one, with a "kissing" technique, and distal landing zones in the distal arteries. It is important that these two inner stents are deployed near the origin of the outer stent, so that a long contact area prevents flow in between these inner stents. Both proximal and distal landing zones should be adequately sealed.

For aortic bifurcation, guidewires and endografts should be placed via femoral access. When preservation of the internal iliac artery is intended and a crossover technique is not feasible (due to acute angle, aortic endoprosthesis), left axillary artery is the access of choice to deliver the internal iliac endograft.


Case report

We report the case of a 64-year-old female patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and no previous history of any vascular disease. During CT scan for a lower back pain, an aortic aneurysm was discovered. She was referred to our vascular surgery team.

At physical examination, femoral pulses were very weak, and aortic bruit was audible. No aortic mass was palpable.

Computed tomographic angiography showed an infrarenal aortic saccular aneurysm (35 mm largest diameter) associated with a severe stenosis at the bifurcation and origins of common iliac arteries (Figure 1).



The aortic diameter (12 mm) was too small for a usual aortic endoprosthesis, and the patient did not accept an open procedure due to her lung condition.

The patient was operated under general anesthesia with bilateral femoral exposure. Intraoperative angiogram was obtained. The aortic lesion was treated with a conical Excluder® 16 x 14 x 70 mm endograft, placed below the origins of renal arteries (Figure 2). Next, bilateral guidewires were placed and a "kissing" procedure was performed to treat stenosis at the iliac arteries. Two 8 x 100 mm Hemobahn® stent grafts were placed through the aortic endograft into the iliac arteries and, then, were dilated with 7 x 60 mm balloons. Control angiography showed that all lesions were treated and no leaks were identified (Figure 3).





After recovery from anesthesia, the patient presented one episode of hematemesis. During endoscopy, a small laryngeal lesion was diagnosed. There was no vascular instability, and no blood transfusion was required.

The patient was discharged with all distal pulses palpable and no abdominal bruit.



Endovascular options to treat vascular diseases are becoming increasingly frequent. New materials as well as greater understanding of graft behavior and deployment have allowed many surgeons to adapt existing materials to special off-label situations.1-6 We described a new technique using simple, "old", easily available grafts to recreate a compromised bifurcation. However, this technique has the potential to treat any arterial bifurcation, as long as there is an accessible landing zone.

In conclusion, aortoiliac complex lesions in patients with narrow aortas may be treated with this newly described association of multiple endovascular techniques. The use of a large-diameter endograft in the aorta with two small-diameter grafts in a "kissing" maneuver is a good alternative to create a new bifurcation when it is not fit for a conventional bifurcated endograft (Figures 4, 5, and 6). This technique may also be used to treat isolated iliac artery aneurysms as well as in association with regular endovascular aneurysms so as to preserve internal iliac arteries. To our knowledge, treatment of a narrow aorta or treatment preserving internal iliac arteries with this technique have not been published before. A larger experience and longer follow-up are needed before the benefits of this method can be determined.









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Alex Lederman
Rua Capote Valente, 439/125
CEP 05409-001 — São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Manuscript received Dec 17 2008, accepted for publication Jun 23 2009.



No conflicts of interest declared concerning the publication of this article.
* Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

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