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Direct puncture embolisation of the non-coil-embolised internal iliac artery post EVAR - a novel use of the Angio-Seal closure device
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Received: 27 November 2017
Accepted: 14 March 2018
Published: 28 June 2018
Coil embolisation of the internal iliac arteries prior to EVAR is considered standard treatment to prevent a type 2 endoleak when extending an iliac limb into the EIA. Type 2 endoleaks that arise from a non-coil-embolised internal iliac artery can be challenging to treat due to difficult access.
We present a case of a type 2 endoleak from the internal iliac artery that was not coiled prior to EVAR. This was treated with retrograde embolisation of the internal iliac artery via direct puncture of a branch from the buttock and closure of the arteriotomy was achieved using an Angio-Seal (Terumo) device that was deployed in an off-label manner to allow visualisation.
This is a viable technique for treating type 2 endoleaks when antegrade access to the internal iliac artery is lost due to the presence of the stent graft and the arteriotomy can be safely closed with an Angio-Seal.
Coil embolisation of the internal iliac artery as an adjunct to endovascular stent grafting is common practice for treating abdominal aortic aneurysms in patients requiring extension of a stent graft limb into the external iliac artery (EIA) (Chun et al. 2014). This may be due to an aneurysmal or abnormally short common iliac artery (CIA). The reasoning behind the procedure is to prevent Type 2 endoleaks arising from the internal iliac artery. Embolisation is normally performed prior to the endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) while there is antegrade access to the IIA.
We present a case of a type 2 endoleak from an IIA that was not coiled prior to EVAR and treatment of this with retrograde embolization of the IIA via direct puncture of a branch via the buttock. Closure of the arteriotomy was with an Angio-Seal (Terumo) closure device, deployed in an off-label manner.
On a 1-month follow up CT the left limb extension had disengaged from the main body, resulting in a large Type 3 endoleak. The disengagement was presumed to be due to the tortuosity of a heavily calcified external iliac artery returning to its anatomical position on removal of the Meir wire (Boston Scientific). The left IIA remained patent and acted as an outflow for the type 3 endoleak. The left limb was then realigned successfully with termination of the type 3 endoleak.
A follow up CT 1 month post procedure revealed resolution of the Type 2 endoleak.
The need for IIA coiling prior to EVAR is not quite clear in the literature although this remains common practice along with the use of iliac branched devices. Wyers et al. 2002 have suggested that covering the IIA origin with the stent graft will result in occlusion of the IIA in most cases without the need for coiling, but only when there is adequate oversizing of the stent graft.
Retrograde access to the IIA is rarely required, with only a few cases reported in the literature (Aberhalden et al. 2012), (Kabutey et al. 2014). Werner-Gibbings et al. 2013 used a superior gluteal approach to treat a type 2 endoleak following EVAR. Previous approaches have used puncture of the gluteal branches to obtain access to the IIA. Kabutey et al. 2014 have used the gluteal artery approach to coil bilateral IIA aneurysms. In that case, haemostasis was achieved with manual compression. To our knowledge, this is the first published case to use an Angio-Seal (Terumo) to close the arteriotomy following retrograde embolization of the IIA. The intention in this case was to puncture a posterior division branch of the IIA to allow manual compression at the end of the procedure, however visualisation with ultrasound was extremely limited and this resulted in puncture of the anterior division. The decision was made to proceed with embolisation and use a closure device to aid in haemostasis due to the lack of a bony structure for compression. The technique described herein, using a 4 French dilator within the sheath to visualise the artery is safe and effective in any scenario where there is no backflow of blood from the vessel. This is an off-label use of the Angio-Seal (Terumo) device.
We have shown that in the treatment of Type 2 endoleaks from a non-coil-embolised IIA, retrograde access via percutaneous puncture through the buttock is a viable option and that the arteriotomy can be safely closed using an Angio-Seal (Terumo) using the off-label technique described.
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PRM performed literature review, collated the images and wrote the manuscript. OR performed the interventions in the case and provided the relevant images and contributed to the manuscript. SA completed the literature review, proof read and contributed to the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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