Expanded Suitability of Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms for Total Endovascular Repair Using the Endurant Endograft and Heli-FX EndoAnchors

J Endovasc Ther . 2019 Apr;26(2):245-249. doi: 10.1177/1526602819828377. Epub 2019 Feb 1.

Fecha de la publicación: 01/02/2019

Autor: Andrés Reyes Valdivia 1, Francisco Álvarez Marcos (2), África Duque Santos (1), Julia Ocaña Guaita (1), Claudio Gandarias Zúñiga (1)

Palabras clave: Abdominal aortic aneurysm, aneurysm neck, EndoAnchors, Endograft, endovascular aneurysm repair, iliac artery, instructions for use, ruptured aneurysm, stent-graft, suitability



1 Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, Madrid, Spain.

2 Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Complexo Hospitalario A Coruña, Spain.


Purpose: To assess if the suitability of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (RAAAs) can be expanded by combining the Endurant stent-graft with the Heli-FX EndoAnchors.

Materials and methods: Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans of 90 patients (mean age 73.2±9 years; 87 men) with RAAA admitted between January 2014 and January 2018 in 2 tertiary care centers were analyzed in a 3-dimensional workstation. Anatomical features of the aneurysms according to the instructions for use (IFU) for the Endurant endograft were evaluated and expansion of treatment with Heli-FX EndoAnchors was assessed.

Results: Neck length <10 mm was present in 41 (45.6%) patients; 5 had neck diameters outside the IFU and 45 (50.0%) had conical necks. Thrombus and calcium were absent in 63 (70.0%) and 73 (81.1%), respectively. In the study cohort, 44 (48.9%) patients met all the neck criteria, although overall IFU compliance was found in only 35 (38.9%) patients due to iliac-related issues in 21 patients. The adjunctive use of EndoAnchors in the entire study group would enhance the therapeutic range to an additional 24 patients, 8 of whom would need an associated iliac procedure. This represents an expansion of the total EVAR approach from 48.9% to 75.6% of cases if some iliac issues are overcome and from 38.9% to 56.7% without correcting iliac deficiencies.

Conclusion: The main reason of being unfit for endovascular treatment in this series was neck length <10 mm. Based on this analysis, nearly 40% of RAAA patients would have been candidates for EVAR based on the IFU neck criteria for the Endurant stent-graft. This suitability could be nearly doubled with the use of EndoAnchors and correction of unsuitable iliac anatomy. The use of EndoAnchors has the potential to offer a significant benefit in the endovascular treatment of RAAA patients.