Endotension after Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Endovascular Repair in Cirrhotic Patients

T Cambiaghi, D Baccellieri, D Mascia, G Melissano, R Chiesa, A Kahlberg

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Background: Endotension can present a real challenge for the long-term success of endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). Sometimes, it can be associated with liver dysfunction and consequent plasmatic alterations as in the 2 cases reported here. Methods: Significant and progressive abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) sac enlargement, without radiologic signs of endoleak, was observed in 2 patients during a 3-year follow-up after EVAR. The first was a 70-year-old man affected by viral liver cirrhosis and the second was a 71-year-old man with cirrhosis due to alcoholic liver disease. Results: Both patients underwent successful conversion to open AAA repair; intraoperative findings confirmed the diagnosis of endotension. Conclusions: Cirrhosis-induced plasmatic alterations may affect long-term efficacy of EVAR and should be considered when weighing endovascular treatment against open AAA repair in these high-risk patients. Surgical conversion is feasible despite the high procedural risk associated with liver disease. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265.e5-265.e8
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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