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Case reports
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Treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms in high-risk patients

Wacław Kuczmik, Damian Ziaja
Chirurgia Polska 2003;5(2):71-82.

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Vol 5, No 2 (2003)
Case reports
Published online: 2003-05-26

Abstract

In recent years, an increase in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) diagnosis has been observed, especially in groups of aged people suffering from various concomitant diseases significantly elevating the risk of surgery. Due to this fact, research concerning operative risk evaluation, as well as the safest treatment method, is being conducted. This article describes the advantages and disadvantages of the current treatment methods in infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair. Constant improvement of the existing treatment methods, as well as research into novel methods of AAA treatment, especially in groups of high-risk patients, can be observed. Aneurysms of the abdominal aorta present a significant treatment problem, to which standard surgery is still the basic solution, involving aneurysm excision with vascular graft implantation. Other treatment options are used however, in the therapy of high-risk patients: endovascular treatment or non-resective procedures. There are some data indicating a smaller amount of complications in patients treated by the use of endovascular methods, which is why a rapid development in end vascular techniques can be noticed. Unfortunately, no uniform algorithm of high-risk patient treatment is available.

Abstract

In recent years, an increase in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) diagnosis has been observed, especially in groups of aged people suffering from various concomitant diseases significantly elevating the risk of surgery. Due to this fact, research concerning operative risk evaluation, as well as the safest treatment method, is being conducted. This article describes the advantages and disadvantages of the current treatment methods in infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair. Constant improvement of the existing treatment methods, as well as research into novel methods of AAA treatment, especially in groups of high-risk patients, can be observed. Aneurysms of the abdominal aorta present a significant treatment problem, to which standard surgery is still the basic solution, involving aneurysm excision with vascular graft implantation. Other treatment options are used however, in the therapy of high-risk patients: endovascular treatment or non-resective procedures. There are some data indicating a smaller amount of complications in patients treated by the use of endovascular methods, which is why a rapid development in end vascular techniques can be noticed. Unfortunately, no uniform algorithm of high-risk patient treatment is available.
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Keywords

abdominal aortic aneurysm; treatment; high-risk patients

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Title

Treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms in high-risk patients

Journal

Chirurgia Polska (Polish Surgery)

Issue

Vol 5, No 2 (2003)

Pages

71-82

Published online

2003-05-26

Bibliographic record

Chirurgia Polska 2003;5(2):71-82.

Keywords

abdominal aortic aneurysm
treatment
high-risk patients

Authors

Wacław Kuczmik
Damian Ziaja

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