Analysis of initial CT findings after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm

R. Sawhney, R. K. Kerlan, S. D. Wall, T. A.M. Chuter, D. E. Ruiz, C. J. Canto, J. M. LaBerge, L. M. Reilly, J. Yee, M. W. Wilson, J. Jean-Claude, R. M. Faruqi, R. L. Gordon

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PURPOSE: To determine the spectrum and frequency of specific computed tomographic (CT) findings in the acute period after endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: CT images obtained 1-3 days after endograft placement were evaluated in 88 patients. The images were analyzed for stent position, appearance of endograft components, perigraft leak, and postoperative findings including air and acute thrombus within the aneurysm and air surrounding the femoral-femoral bypass graft. Findings that could be misinterpreted as perigraft leak were evaluated. RESULTS: Fifteen (17%) of 88 patients had perigraft leak in the acute postoperative period. The bare segment of the proximal self-expanding stent covered one or both renal arteries in 54 (61%) patients. One patient had CT evidence of renovascular compromise. Postoperative air was within the aneurysmal sac in 51 (58%) patients and surrounded the femoral-femoral bypass graft in 67 (94%) of 71 patients in whom the grafts were evaluated with CT. Mottled attenuation within the aneurysmal sac was seen in 50 (57%) patients. Forty-six (52%) patients had calcifications within longstanding thrombus. In 31 (35%) patients, findings that could have been misinterpreted as perigraft leak were identified. CONCLUSION: Accurate analysis of CT findings after endovascular AAA repair requires careful review of all available CT images (preprocedural and pre- and postcontrast) and clear understanding of specific stent-graft components and placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysm, abdominal, 981.73
  • Aneurysm, aortic, 981.73
  • Aorta, CT, 981.12911, 981.12912, 981.12915
  • Aorta, grafts and prostheses, 981.1268
  • Interventional procedures, complications, 981.1268, 981.458

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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