Improved Results in the Management of Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm May Not Be on the Basis of Endovascular Aneurysm Repair Alone

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Recent improvement in the survival of patients presenting with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) has been credited to endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). We present our clinical series in the management of rAAA from 2007 to 2011. A total of 55 consecutive patient charts were reviewed. Thirty-eight patients underwent EVAR, 17 of the 55 patients did not have favorable anatomy for EVAR. Nine of the 17 patients underwent standard open repair. Eight patients underwent a 'hybrid repair' defined as suprarenal aortic endovascular balloon control followed by open repair. Overall 30-day mortality for all 55 patients was 22%. Mortality for the patients managed by endovascular aortic aneurysm repair was 26% compared with 22% with open repair. There were no deaths in the eight patients undergoing the hybrid repair. Endovascular balloon control of the aorta followed by open rAAA repair in patients who are not candidates for rEVAR has produced good results in our experience. Improved results being reported in the management of rAAA may not be on the basis of endovascular repair alone.