Challenging the Evidence for Pre-emptive Coil Embolisation of the Internal Iliac Artery during Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

R. A. Stokmans, Edith M. Willigendael, J. A. W. Teijink, Jan A. Ten Bosch, Marc R. H. M. Van Sambeek, Ph. W. M. Cuypers*

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Objectives: We retrospectively analysed the results of a strategy in which coverage of the internal iliac artery (IIA) during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) was routinely performed without coil embolisation. Methods: From January 2010 until May 2012, 32 patients (96.9% men; mean age 73.0 years, range 52-89 years) underwent EVAR with stent grafts extended into the external iliac artery (EIA), all without prior coil embolisation. Aneurysm morphology was determined on preoperative computed tomography (CT) images. During follow-up, patients were interviewed about buttock claudication, and the occurrence of endoleaks and evolution of aneurysm diameter were recorded. Results: At baseline, the mid-common iliac artery (CIA) diameter was 33.5 +/- 16.8 mm and seven patients presented with ruptured aneurysms. Mean follow-up was 14.3 +/- 7.4 months. There were eight deaths, none related to IIA coverage. Buttock claudication occurred in seven (22.6%) patients, which persisted after 6 months in two cases of bilateral IIA coverage. No Type-I or -II endoleaks occurred related to IIA coverage. Aneurysm growth was not observed. Conclusion: Endovascular treatment of aortoiliac and iliac aneurysm without pre-emptive coil ennbolisation of the IIA appears safe and effective. No IIA-related endoleaks or re-interventions occurred in our series. This approach saves operating time, contrast load and costs and may reduce complications. However, a larger population and longer follow-up is required to confirm our findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-226
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • Aneurysm
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)
  • Internal iliac artery (IIA)
  • Hypogastric artery
  • Buttock claudication
  • Type II endoleak
  • Pelvic ischaemia

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