Limited role for IVUS in the endovascular repair of aortoiliac aneurysms

E. C. Lipsitz, T. Ohki, F. J. Veith, G. Berdejo, W. D. Suggs, R. A. Wain, M. Mehta, J. Valladares, J. McKay

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations


Background. To determine the need for routine versus selective intraoperative IVUS during endovascular aortoiliac aneurysm (AIA) repair. Methods. One-hundred and eighty-eight endovascular AIA repairs performed over a 5-year period were reviewed and included in the study. Surgeon-made aorto-uni-femoral grafts (n=78) and industry-made bifurcated or tube grafts (n=110) were used. In the initial 51 cases IVUS was routinely performed. In the latter 137 cases IVUS was used selectively. In this group graft deformities suspected on completion angiography or pullback pressure measurements were treated with balloon dilatation and stenting. IVUS was then performed only in the presence of a persistent pressure gradient or inconclusive angiographic findings. Results. In the initial 51 cases IVUS revealed 20 lesions of which 8 were not initially detected angiographically and which required further treatment. In the latter 137 cases IVUS was necessary in only 1 case, and guided the treatment of an angiographically undetectable lesion. There have been no late episodes of graft compression, kinking, or thrombosis in the selective IVUS group. Conclusions. The use of pullback pressure measurements with a low threshold for angioplasty and stenting, especially in unsupported grafts, followed by the selective use of IVUS decreases the overall requirement for IVUS and its associated costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-792
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001


  • Aortic aneurysm, abdominal, surgery
  • Blood vessel prosthesis implantation
  • Iliac aneurysm, surgery
  • Ultrasonography, interventional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Limited role for IVUS in the endovascular repair of aortoiliac aneurysms'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this