Determination of Endograft Apposition, Position, and Expansion in the Aortic Neck Predicts Type Ia Endoleak and Migration After Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

R.C.L. Schuurmann (Corresponding Author), Kim van Noort, S.P. Overeem, Ruben van Veen, Kenneth Ouriel, William Jordan, Bart Muhs, Yannick 't Mannetje, Michel Reijnen, Bram Fioole, Cagdas Unlu, Peter Brummel, J.P.P.M. de Vries

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Purpose: To describe the added value of determining changes in position and apposition on computed tomography angiography (CTA) after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) to detect early caudal displacement of the device and to prevent type Ia endoleak. Methods: Four groups of elective EVAR patients were selected from a dataset purposely enriched with type Ia endoleak and migration (>10 mm) cases. The groups included cases of late type Ia endoleak (n=36), migration (n=9), a type II endoleak (n=16), and controls without post-EVAR complications (n=37). Apposition of the endograft fabric with the aortic neck, shortest distance between the fabric and the renal arteries, expansion of the main body (or dilatation of the aorta in the infrarenal sealing zone), and tilt of the endograft toward the aortic axis were determined on the first postoperative and the last available CTA scan without type Ia endoleak or migration. Differences in these endograft dimensions were compared between the first vs last scan and among the 4 groups. Results: No significant differences in endograft configurations were observed among the groups on the first postoperative CTA scan. On the last CTA scan before a complication arose, the position of the fabric relative to the renal arteries, expansion of the main body, and apposition of the fabric with the aortic neck were significantly different between the type Ia endoleak (median follow-up 15 months) and migration groups (median follow-up 23 months) compared with the control group (median follow-up 19 months). Most endograft dimensions had changed significantly compared with the first postoperative CTA scan for all groups. Apposition had increased in the control group but had decreased significantly in the type Ia endoleak and migration groups. Conclusion: Progressive changes in dimensions of the endograft within the infrarenal neck could be detected on regular CTA scans before the complication became urgent in many patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-375
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • aneurysm neck
  • type I endoleak
  • 3D imaging
  • stent-graft
  • endovascular aneurysm repair
  • migration
  • 3D reconstructions
  • endograft
  • geometry
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • n/a OA procedure


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