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Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic diseases: follow-up and complications with multidetector computed tomography angiography

      Endovascular procedures with placement of stent graft have become an accepted alternative to traditional open surgery for treatment of descending thoracic aortic aneurysms, ulcers, posttraumatic rupture, or complications of type B dissection, due to significant reduction in perioperative mortality, rate of complications, and length of hospitalization. Moreover, increasing operator experience and continuous advances in stent-graft technology are making the treatment of a wider range of cases possible with redefinition of guidelines for endovascular stent graft. The feasibility of endovascular stent graft is mainly dependent on anatomic factors which represent the important predictors of the success of this procedure as well as on strict follow-up in order to obtain early detection and treatment of eventual complications.
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