Free Vascular Screening Finds AAA, Saves Father of the Bride

A free screening at Stony Brook University Hospital revealed a dangerously large abdominal aortic aneurysm in 65-year-old graphic designer Robert Rouge of Riverhead, NY. The aneurysm was treated with minimally invasive endovascular aneurysm repair, and Rogue was able to walk his daughter down the aisle the following week.

Robert Rouge with Apostolos Tassiopoulos, MD, (Left) Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, and vascular surgeon Morad Awadallah, MD (Right). Courtesy Stony Brook Medicine

Robert Rouge with Apostolos Tassiopoulos, MD, (left) chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, and vascular surgeon Morad Awadallah, MD (right). Courtesy Stony Brook Medicine

Rouge’s aneurysm, which measured 6.7 centimeters when it was diagnosed, was discovered at the free screening event by Morad Awadallah, MD, a vascular surgeon at Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Awadallah explained the purpose of the free screening event in a press release: “Our goal in sponsoring screenings is not only to save lives through early detection, but also to educate the medical community and the public about this highly treatable but underdiagnosed condition. … In much of Europe, patients at risk are routinely checked for aneurysms. Here, we are still working to communicate the value and urgency of early detection.”

Vascular Disease Management aims to keep vascular specialists informed of the latest minimally invasive treatments and devices for abdominal aortic aneurysm.  For example, in March, Kfoury et al published “‘Chimney’ Graft Technique for Juxtarenal AAA Using Unibody Bifurcated Stent Graft.” Also see a recent editorial from editor in chief Frank Criado, MD, FACS, FSVM: “FDA Approval of the Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft: Will it Transform the EVAR Landscape?

For information about devices for AAA and endovascular therapy, see these recent news releases:

  1. Bolton Medical Receives CE Mark for Treovance Abdominal Stent-Graft with Navitel Delivery System
  2. Improved GORE DrySeal Sheath with Hydrophilic Coating Allows for Smooth and Minimally Invasive Endovascular Repair
  3. Endovascular Repair of Ruptured Aneurysms Saves More Lives Than Surgery, 10-Year Study Reports at ISET 2013
  4. Endologix Announces Presentation of Data From PEVAR Randomized Trial
  5. TriVascular Receives U.S. FDA Approval for the Ovation Prime Stent Graft System
  6. Medtronic’s Endurant AAA Stent Graft Delivers Durable Outcomes for AAA Repair
  7. Gore Receives FDA Approval for New GORE EXCLUDER AAA Endoprosthesis Components
  8. Endologix Receives CE Mark for Nellix EndoVascular Aneurysm Sealing System
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