Endovascular Treatment of Occlusive Lesions in the Aortic Bifurcation with Kissing Polytetrafluoroethylene-Covered Stents

Frederike A.B. Grimme, J. Hans Spithoven, Clark J. Zeebregts, Dirk M. Scharn, Michel M.P.J. Reijnen*

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Purpose To determine the clinical outcomes of polytetrafluoroethylene covered balloon expandable stents (CBESs) in occlusive lesions of the aortic bifurcation in a kissing stent configuration. Materials and Methods The study included 69 consecutive patients (29 men, 40 women) who underwent kissing stent procedures with CBESs between January 2003 and April 2009 in a single center. Patients who were previously treated with a CBES were excluded. Follow-up consisted of clinical investigation and duplex ultrasound examination. Results The primary patency was 88.1% at 1 year and 71.5% at 4 years, with secondary patency rates of 88.1% and 75.3%, respectively. For patients receiving a stent for the first time, primary patency was 91.3% at 1 year and 77.1% at 4 years. For patients who had received previous stents, patency was 83.6% at 1 year and 65.2% at 4 years (P =.83). There were no differences in secondary patency and freedom from target lesion reintervention (TLR). Loss of primary patency was mainly caused by stent occlusions (14 cases [78%]). The freedom from TLR at 4 years was 76.8%. Conclusions Patency rates and freedom from TLR of CBESs in the kissing stent configuration with up to 4 years of follow-up were satisfying and mainly affected by stent occlusions. Studies focusing on optimizing stent configuration and medical care to reduce the incidence of thrombosis are indicated to improve results further.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3417
Pages (from-to)1277-1284
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


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