Although thoracic endovascular aortic procedures for aneurysm and other thoracic pathology are seen now as a viable alternative treatment to open repair, there are still related challenges. Stroke is one potential complication that needs further study, said Vascular Disease Management editor in chief Frank Criado, MD, FACS, FSVM, in the editorial for the February issue of VDM, “Renewed Focus on Stroke as a Complication of Thoracic Aortic Procedures.”
“For some reason, TEVAR-induced stroke remained almost totally off the radar for several years, perhaps overshadowed by the ‘fear of paraplegia’ that has always ranked atop all things related to the thoracic aorta,” said Criado. “But this has changed now with the realization that stroke risk is as high as that of paraplegia, and frequently higher.”
Read the article by Lyons et al in this month’s issue, “Stroke Following Open and Endovascular Thoracic Aortic Repair,” for an in-depth study of the prevalence of stroke in both open and endovascular repair of aneurysms.