A comparison of clinical outcomes of abdominal aortic aneurysm patients with favorable and hostile neck angulation treated by endovascular repair with the Treovance stent graft



The objective of this study was to compare outcomes of patients with favorable neck angulation (FNA) and hostile neck angulation (HNA) treated with the Treovance stent graft (Terumo Aortic [formerly Bolton Medical], Sunrise, Fla).


Patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms suitable for endovascular repair with Treovance were included in the RATIONALE postmarket surveillance registry. A post hoc subgroup analysis compared patients with infrarenal neck angles <60 degrees (FNA) and ≥60 degrees (HNA).


After 1 year, 179 FNA (89.5%) and 21 HNA (10.5%) patients were analyzed. Both groups were similar in terms of sex (male, 92.7% FNA and 95.2% HNA) and age (73.0 years vs 72.6 years), but the HNA group had more Asian or other race representation (7.3% vs 19.0%) and more patients assigned to American Society of Anesthesiologists class 3 and class 4 (57.6% vs 66.7%). Mean suprarenal angles (standard deviation) were 13.1 (±13.5) degrees vs 29.0 (±16.4) degrees; mean infrarenal angles were 23.2 (±16.4) degrees vs 65.4 (±4.6) degrees, respectively. Aneurysm sac size maximum diameter was 58.1 (±9.8) mm vs 62.0 (±14.1) mm. There was a significant difference in unplanned adjunctive procedures (2.2% vs 19.0%; P = .01). Mean procedural duration was also significantly different for HNA patients, who underwent protracted operations (111.3 [±47.3] minutes vs 153.5 [±44.5] minutes; P < .0001). However, there were no significant differences in rates of clinical success (96.1% vs 95.2%). The rate of reintervention was low overall but 0% in the HNA group. Changes in sac size at 1 year were significant in both groups but not as pronounced in HNA patients (relative change of −11.8% [±13.3] vs −6.6% [±11.4]).


Patients with high neck angulation treated with Treovance underwent more complex procedures but showed equally good technical success and 1-year clinical success parameters.

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Murray D, et al. J Vasc Surg 2019. (Epub ahead of print).