Reverse Cheese-Wire Septotomy to Create a Distal Landing Zone for Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair.

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Journal of endovascular therapy : an official journal of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists


washington; swedish


PURPOSE: The objective of this study is to describe a novel method for creating a distal landing zone for thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) in chronic aortic dissection. The technique is described in a patient with prior total arch and descending aortic replacement, with false lumen expansion.

TECHNIQUE: A cheese-wire endovascular septotomy was desired to create a single lumen above the celiac axis. To avoid dividing the septum caudally across the visceral segment, we performed a modified septotomy in a cephalad direction. Stiff wires were passed into the prior surgical graft, through true lumen on the right and false lumen on the left. An additional wire was passed across an existing fenestration at the level of the celiac axis, and snared and externalized. 7F Ansel sheaths were advanced and positioned tip-to-tip at the fenestration. Using the stiff wires as tracks, the through-wire was pushed cephalad to endovascularly cut the septum. Angiogram demonstrated successful septotomy, and TEVAR was performed to just above the celiac with successful aneurysm exclusion and no endoleak or retrograde false lumen perfusion. Follow-up computed tomography angiogram (CTA) showed continued exclusion without false lumen perfusion.

CONCLUSIONS: This novel modification in a reverse direction provides an alternative method for endovascular septotomy, when traditional septotomy may threaten the visceral vessels.

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Cardiovascular (Heart)