Brachial artery catheterization to facilitate endovascular grafting of abdominal aortic aneurysm: safety and rationale.
PURPOSE: Endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) is a technically demanding procedure that is based on the complexity and multiplicity of steps and the guidewire and catheter manipulations required. Brachial artery catheterization is an adjunctive technique that can facilitate the placement of an endoluminal prosthesis.
METHODS: Brachial access was used during endoluminal AAA repair in 79 of 103 consecutive patients with a modular-design stent-graft prosthesis at two institutions.
RESULTS: Left brachial access facilitated (1) angiography to guide juxtarenal device deployment, (2) antegrade contralateral limb access, (3) device delivery through disadvantaged iliac arteries by means of a brachial femoral wire, (4) access to renal arteries when necessary, and (5) catheter exchanges and a reduction in fluoroscopic positional changes. Complications included one puncture-site pseudoaneurysm, seven hematomas, and 29 patients with extensive ecchymosis. The length of stay was not prolonged in any case. There were no embolic, oculocerebral, or ischemic upper extremity events.
CONCLUSIONS: Brachial artery catheterization, as an adjunctive technique to endoluminal AAA repair, offers noteworthy technical advantages with few, but self-limiting complications.
Published In/Presented At
Criado, F. J., Wilson, E. P., Abul-Khoudoud, O., Barker, C., Carpenter, J., & Fairman, R. (2000). Brachial artery catheterization to facilitate endovascular grafting of abdominal aortic aneurysm: safety and rationale. Journal of vascular surgery, 32(6), 1137–1141. https://doi.org/10.1067/mva.2000.109335
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery