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Ann Surg Treat Res. 2014 Oct;87(4):197-202. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4174/astr.2014.87.4.197
Lee HK , Chung SY , Kim JK , Yoo SH , Choi SJ .
Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. choisjn@chonnam.ac.kr
Department of Radiology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
Chonnam National University Collage of Nursing, Gwangju, Korea.
Abstract

PURPOSE: We investigated whether suprarenal and infrarenal aortic angles change after the endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) procedure and during follow-up, and investigated the correlation between infrarenal aortic angle after EVAR and type Ia endoleaks. METHODS: Data collected on 70 EVAR procedures for a fusiform infrarenal aortic aneurysm performed between May 2006 and December 2012 were supplemented with a retrospective review of charts and radiographs. RESULTS: The greater the preoperative infrarenal aortic angle, the greater the suprarenal aortic angle (r = 0.72, P < 0.001). The infrarenal aortic angle decreased after the EVAR procedure and continued to decrease slowly thereafter (all P < 0.001). Suprarenal aortic angle decreased immediately after the EVAR procedure and continued to decrease during the first month (P < 0.001). No differences in angulation were observed based on stent graft type. Type Ia endoleaks occurred with significantly greater incidence in patients with a larger post EVAR infrarenal angle (P = 0.037). CONCLUSION: The infrarenal aortic angle decreased significantly immediately after the EVAR procedure and continued to decrease slowly thereafter. Suprarenal aortic angle decreased immediately after the EVAR procedure and continued to decrease during the first month. We found a correlation between infrarenal and suprarenal aortic angle. Type Ia endoleaks occurred with greater incidence in patients with a larger infrarenal angle immediately after EVAR.

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