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Konstantinos Tigkiropoulos, Fragiska Sigala, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Demetrios Moris, Konstantinos Filis, Nikolaos Melas, Dimitrios Karamanos, Christos Kontogiannis, Ioannis Lazaridis, Nikolaos Saratzis
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is the second most common cause of death in trauma patients. Nowadays, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has become the treatment of choice due to lower rates of mortality, paraplegia and stroke. However, concerns have been raised whether graft implantation is related to the development of hypertension in the postoperative period. OBJECTIVES: To report short- and long-term outcomes of patients undergoing TEVAR for BTAIs at a tertiary hospital as well as investigate post-implant hypertension...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Christina L Marcaccio, Ryan P Dumas, Yanlan Huang, Wei Yang, Grace J Wang, Daniel N Holena
OBJECTIVE: The traditional approach to stable blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) endorsed by the Society for Vascular Surgery is early (<24 hours) thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). Recently, some studies have shown improved mortality in stable BTAI patients repaired in a delayed manner (≥24 hours). However, the indications for use of delayed TEVAR for BTAI are not well characterized, and its overall impact on the patient's survival remains poorly understood. We sought to determine whether delayed TEVAR is associated with a decrease in mortality compared with early TEVAR in this population...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Hiroyuki Takahashi, Tomohisa Shoko, Fumino Taketazu, Keiichi Kuriyama, Kazuhide Yoshikawa, Yoshizumi Deguchi
Case: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is becoming the standard therapy for blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI). However, the long-term outcomes of TEVAR for BTAI remain unclear. A 36-year-old man was admitted to our emergency department with dyspnea. He had been involved in a serious traffic accident 6 years earlier, requiring TEVAR for BTAI. Outcome: Acute heart failure and pneumonia were diagnosed on this admission. His respiratory condition improved, but paraplegia developed 10 h after hospitalization...
January 2018: Acute Medicine & Surgery
Jordan Bade-Boon, Joseph K Mathew, Mark C Fitzgerald, Biswadev Mitra
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is an uncommon diagnosis, usually developing as a consequence of high-impact acceleration-deceleration mechanisms. Timely diagnosis may enable early resuscitation and reduction of shear forces, essential to prevent worsening of the injury prior to definitive management. Death is commonly due to haemorrhagic shock, but clinical features may be absent until sudden and massive haemorrhage. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to determine the proportion of patients with BTAI who present with unstable vital signs...
February 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Young Erben, Gerardo Trejo, Adam J Brownstein, Raymond A Jean, Bulat A Ziganshin, Davide Carino, John A Elefteriades, Adrian A Maung
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is highly lethal and its management has evolved with the advent of endovascular approaches. We hypothesized that endovascular repair (ER) would have equivalent/improved survival compared to open repair (OR). The aim of our study was to review our center's morbidity and mortality after BTAI. METHODS: Our Level I trauma center registry was queried for BTAI between 2002-2015. This cohort was stratified into three groups: ER, OR and those patients managed non-operatively (NOP)...
December 13, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
Daiki Wada, Koichi Hayakawa, Shuji Kanayama, Shuhei Maruyama, Hiromu Iwamura, Noriyuki Miyama, Fukuki Saito, Yasushi Nakamori, Yasuyuki Kuwagata
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is associated with a high mortality rate and the paradigm of treating patients with BTAI currently favours thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) if possible. In BTAI, lethal malperfusion caused by a pseudoaneurysm has rarely been reported. We present the first report of a successful case in which a pseudoaneurysm causing the infrequent occurrence of lethal malperfusion and subsequent acute severe ischaemia in the distal portion of the thoracic descending aorta was overcome by veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) as a bridging therapy until the initiation of TEVAR...
November 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
A Omar, C Macke, M Winkelmann, E Beckmann, P Mommsen, C Schröter, C Krettek, Christian Zeckey
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic lesions of great vessels such as the aorta are life-threatening injuries. There is limited evidence about the influence of traumatic aortic injuries in multiple trauma patients in particular with regard to posttraumatic complications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of blunt thoracic aortic injuries in multiple trauma patients compared to a multiple trauma cohort without this specific injury. In addition, the safety of Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) in multiple trauma patients was analyzed...
November 15, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Tamer Ghazy, Sandra Mikulasch, Christian Reeps, Ralf-Thorsten Hoffmann, Kasia Wijatkowska, Abdel-Hannan Diab, Utz Kappert, Klaus Matschke, Norbert Weiss, Adrian Mahlmann
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the early and mid-term clinical results, the device performance, and the mid-term re-intervention rates of patients suffering blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) managed by a multidisciplinary team in a low-volume BTAI centre. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study in a tertiary hospital setting. From December 2005 to March 2016, all patients over 18 years old admitted with BTAI were included in the study...
November 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Harleen K Sandhu, Samuel D Leonard, Alexa Perlick, Naveed U Saqib, Charles C Miller, Kristofer M Charlton-Ouw, Hazim J Safi, Ali Azizzadeh
OBJECTIVE: The natural history and parameters for successful nonoperative management of blunt traumatic aortic injuries (BTAIs) involving the descending aorta are poorly understood. We examined our experience with nonoperative BTAI treatment (anti-impulse, blood pressure) and evaluated for determinants of successful outcomes. METHODS: We performed a review of our institutional prospective trauma registry database for all BTAI patients from 1999 to 2015. Computed tomography angiography was used to classify aortic injuries on the basis of severity: grade I, intimal tear; grade II, intramural hematoma; grade III, aortic pseudoaneurysm; and grade IV, free rupture...
February 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Ombretta Martinelli, Federico Faccenna, Alban Malaj, Jihad Jabbour, Salvatore Venosi, Roberto Gattuso, Bruno Gossetti, Luigi Irace
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is a less invasive option for managing traumatic injuries of the descending aorta in polytraumatized patients. Concerns arise when treating young patients with TEVAR. A 22-year-old male was admitted to the emergency department following a high-impact road traffic collision. Whole-body computed tomography (CT) scan documented multiple injuries, including rupture of descending thoracic aorta just below the isthmus. There was no evidence of paraplegia or stroke. We decided to treat him in an endovascular fashion with a Zenith Cook (Cook Incorporated, Bloomington, IN) endograft...
February 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
N M Nik Azlan, H Rossman
We are reporting a case of missed blunt traumatic aortic injury (BTAI). A 28 year male presented with chest pain following a motor vehicle accident. He was discharged following normal clinical signs and chest radiograph. The following day he complained of lower limb weakness. Traumatic aortic dissection was revealed via computer tomography (CT) of the thorax. BTAI cannot be ruled out with normal clinical signs and chest radiograph alone. CT thorax is mandatory to rule out BTAI in high impact chest injury.
June 2017: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Stephen M Spencer, Karen Safcsak, Chadwick P Smith, Michael L Cheatham, Indermeet S Bhullar
BACKGROUND: The Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS) guidelines currently suggest thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for grade II-IV and non-operative management (NOM) for grade I blunt traumatic aortic injury (BTAI). However, there is increasing evidence that grade II may also be observed safely. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome of TEVAR and NOM for grade I-IV BTAI and determine if grade II can be safely observed with NOM. METHODS: The records of patients with BTAI from 2004 to 2015 at a Level I trauma center were retrospectively reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Steven R Shackford, Casey E Dunne, Riyad Karmy-Jones, William Long, Desarom Teso, Martin A Schreiber, Justin Watson, Cheri Watson, Robert C McIntyre, Lisa Ferrigno, Mark L Shapiro, Kevin Southerland, Julie A Dunn, Paul Reckard, Thomas M Scalea, Megan Brenner, William A Teeter
BACKGROUND: The management of blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) has evolved radically in the last decade with changes in the processes of care and the introduction of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). These changes have wrought improved outcome, but the direct effect of TEVAR on outcome remains in question as previous studies have lacked vigorous risk adjustment and long-term follow-up. To address these knowledge gaps, we compared the outcomes of TEVAR, open surgical repair, and nonoperative management for BTAI...
December 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Donald G Harris, Michael E Huffner, Luqman Croal-Abrahams, Laura DiChiacchio, Behzad S Farivar, Joseph D Ayers, Shahab Toursavadkohi, Joseph Rabin, Robert S Crawford
Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) in a patient with an aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA) presents unique challenges for patient management and aortic repair. Specific considerations include the need to treat coincidental ARSA, subclavian revascularization, and ARSA exclusion. Despite the rise of endovascular repair as the primary modality for aortic repair for BTAI, reports of this technique in the setting of ARSA are limited. Here we describe 3 patients with ARSA who underwent TEVAR for BTAI, and discuss critical management and technical issues in these patients...
April 6, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Sherwin Abdoli, Sung Wan Ham, Alison G Wilcox, Fernando Fleischman, Lydia Lam
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) can be complicated by graft collapse, endoleaks, and stent migration. The incidence of these complications and other outcomes is poorly understood in young trauma victims who receive endovascular aortic repair of blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI). A 29-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle resulting in polytrauma including BTAI with transection distal to the left subclavian artery origin. The patient underwent successful TEVAR. Nine months later, the patient developed transient paresthesia below the waist that progressed to bilateral lower extremity paralysis and malperfusion syndrome below the diaphragm including nonpalpable pulses in the lower extremities, acute renal failure, and ischemic colitis...
July 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Alexander Gombert, Mohammad E Barbati, Martin Storck, Drosos Kotelis, Paula Keschenau, Hans-Christoph Pape, Hagen Andruszkow, Rolf Lefering, Frank Hildebrand, Andreas Greiner, Michael J Jacobs, Jochen Grommes
PURPOSE: Using the data delivered by the German Trauma Register DGU® from 2002 till 2013, the value of different therapies of blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) in Germany was analyzed. METHODS: Prospectively collected data of patients suffering from BTAI were retrospectively analyzed with focus on the different treatment modalities for grade I-IV injuries. RESULTS: 821 patients suffering from BTAI were identified: 51.6% (424) grade I injury, 35...
2017: PloS One
Alexander Gombert, Drosos Kotelis, Ulrike M Griepenkerl, Gustav Fraedrich, Josef Klocker, Bernhard Glodny, Michael J Jacobs, Andreas Greiner, Jochen Grommes
BACKGROUND: Patients suffering blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) can be treated by use of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). In this setting, the coverage of the left subclavian artery (LSA) is frequently necessary. Nevertheless, the functionality of the upper left extremity after TEVAR had been rarely analyzed. Thus, this study intends to underline the safety of TEVAR as well as to determine the functionality of the left arm after coverage of the LSA. METHODS: All patients suffering from BTAI treated by endovascular means in 3 centers (Aachen [Germany], Maastricht [Netherlands], and Innsbruck [Austria]) between 1996 and 2009 were retrospectively analyzed...
April 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Biniam Kidane, Vaibhav Gupta, Mostafa El-Beheiry, Kelly Vogt, Neil G Parry, Richard Malthaner, Thomas L Forbes
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injuries (BTAIs) can be lethal, but advances in trauma systems and surgical care have helped reduce mortality. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether time from injury to presentation is associated with mortality following BTAI. METHODS: Using the Ontario Trauma Registry, all patients were identified who were hospitalized with BTAI between 1999 and 2009. Variables including age, sex, Injury Severity Score, Charlson comorbidity index, systolic blood pressure on admission, operative intervention, and time from injury to presentation were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression to determine independent predictors of mortality...
May 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Benjamin Bottet, François Bouchard, Christophe Peillon, Jean-Marc Baste
A best evidence topic in cardiovascular surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was what are the optimum treatment modality and timing of intervention for blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) in the modern era? Of the 697 papers found using the reported search, 14 (5 meta-analyses, 2 prospective and 7 retrospective studies) represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, journal, country, date of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and weakness of these papers are tabulated...
December 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Sagar S Gandhi, Joseph V Blas, Stewart Lee, John F Eidt, Christopher G Carsten
OBJECTIVE: Blunt thoracic aortic injuries (BTAIs) have historically been treated with open surgery; thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), however, is rapidly becoming the standard of care for all grades of injury. Previous studies have shown successful, conservative management of low-grade (I and II) BTAI, but limited literature exists regarding nonoperative management (NOM) for high-grade BTAI. The purpose of this study was to evaluate NOM for grade III BTAI compared with TEVAR...
December 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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