Endovascular repair of thoracic aortic injury after spinal instrumentation

Paul Claiborne, Alexandros Mallios, Kevin Taubman, John Blebea

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Aortic injury after thoracic spinal instrumentation is a rare complication that carries significant potential morbidity and mortality if it is not appropriately managed. We report a patient successfully treated in an endovascular manner, thereby applying minimally invasive techniques to avoid the morbidity of open thoracotomy. Decreased short-term morbidity with the endovascular approach offers significant advantage over open repair, thereby omitting aortic cross-clamping, thoracotomy, and increased risk from the patient's comorbidities. An endovascular approach to this potentially devastating complication of thoracic spinal instrumentation can be both safe and effective in selected patients and not exclusively performed in cases of hemorrhage, hematoma, or pseudoaneurysm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-267
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


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