Left subclavian artery coverage during thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and the risk of stroke

Swerdlow NJ, et al. Stroke rate after endovascular aortic interventions in the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print]

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TEVAR table

Results: We identified 41,540 EVARs, 1371 complex EVARs, and 4600 TEVARs. The in-hospital stroke rate was 0.1% after EVAR, 0.9% after complex EVAR, and 2.9% after TEVAR. In patients undergoing EVAR, aneurysm diameter >6.5 mm (odds ratio [OR], 1.7; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1-2.7; P = .03) and use of a proximal extension cuff (OR, 3.3; 95% CI, 1.4-7.9; P < .01) were independently associated with stroke. Among complex EVARs, stroke rate was 0.7% after FEVAR with a custom-manufactured device, 0.4% after FEVAR with a physician-modified endovascular graft, and 2.1% after chEVAR (P = .08). In multivariable analysis, arm access was associated with 8.4-fold higher odds of stroke (95% CI, 1.7-41; P < .01). Whereas chEVAR was associated with higher odds of stroke in crude analysis, this association did not persist after adjustment for arm access (OR, 1.0; 95% CI, 0.2-4.4; P = .99). In patients undergoing TEVAR, more proximal landing zones were associated with higher risk of stroke compared with zone 4/5 (zone 3: OR, 2.0 [95% CI, 0.9-4.2]; zone 2: OR, 3.8 [95% CI, 1.8-8.2]; zone 0/1: OR, 6.3 [95% CI, 2.8-14]). In terms of procedural characteristics, any involvement of the left subclavian artery was associated with stroke (bypass: OR, 2.5 [95% CI, 1.5-4.0]; stent: OR, 2.7 [95% CI, 0.9-8.5]; covered or occluded: OR, 2.5 [95% CI, 1.5-4.1]).


Chung J, et al. Left subclavian artery coverage during thoracic endovascular aortic repair
and risk of perioperative stroke or death. J Vasc Surg. 2011 Oct;54(4):979-84.

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Results: Eight hundred forty-five TEVAR procedures were identified, of which 52 patients were excluded due to additional major procedures performed with TEVAR. Seven hundred thirty-three of the remaining 793 procedures included CPT codes indicating primary placement of an initial thoracic endograft and form the basis of this analysis. LSA coverage occurred in 279 procedures (38%). Thirty-day stroke and mortality rates were 5.7% and 7.0%, respectively. LSA coverage was associated with increased 30-day risk of stroke in multivariable modeling (odds ratio [OR], 2.17 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.13-4.14; P = .019). Other significant multivariable risk factors for stroke included proximal aortic cuff placement during TEVAR (OR, 2.58; 95% CI, 1.30-5.16; P = .007) and emergency procedure status (OR, 3.60; 95% CI, 1.87-6.94; P < .001). No significant association between LSA coverage and perioperative mortality was identified (univariable OR, 1.70; 95% CI, 0.98-2.93; P = .0578).


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