Long term results of kissing stents in the aortic bifurcation

J.W. Hinnen, M.A. Konickx, R. Meerwaldt, J.L.P. Kolkert, J. van der Palen, A.B. Huisman, R.H. Geelkerken

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BACKGROUND: To evaluate the long-term outcome after aortoiliac kissing stent placement and to analyze variables, which potentially influence the outcome of endovascular reconstruction of the aortic bifurcation.

METHODS: All patients treated with aortoiliac kissing stents at our institution between April 1995 and August 2011 were retrospectively identified from a prospective single-center database. Data regarding patient characteristics (age, gender, smoking, cardio- and cerebrovascular risk factors, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus and use of antihypertensive medication), symptoms, pre-interventional examination and imaging, procedural details and follow-up were retrieved. Patency rates were calculated with Kaplan-Meier analysis. Factors affecting the patency were determined with Cox uni- and multivariate analysis.

RESULTS: A total of 215 patients (63% men, mean age 61 ± 10 years) were included. The median follow-up period was 31 (IQR 47.1) months. Primary, primary assisted, and secondary patency rates were 97%, 97%, and 99%, respectively, at one month; 92%, 95% and 94% at four months; 75%, 86%, and 91% at two years; 70%, 81%, and 91% at 5 years; and 67%, 81%, and 91% at ten years. Younger age and previous aortoiliac treatment were predictors for reduced primary and primary assisted patency. Smoking, previous aortoiliac intervention, TASC C and D lesions were predictors for reduced secondary patency.

CONCLUSION: Reconstruction of the aortoiliac bifurcation with kissing stents is feasible, safe and effective in all types of lesions with satisfying long term patencies. TASC C and D lesions are associated with a higher occlusion rate. Younger age and previous aortoiliac interventions are predictors for reduced primary and primary assisted patency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-197
Number of pages7
JournalActa chirurgica Belgica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


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