Endovascular Popliteal Artery Aneurysm Repair Using an “Off-Label” Abdominal Endograft Limb-Module with Nitinol-Ring Structure: A Single Centre Experience

H. J. Nagar, P. Bungay, A. Podlasek, J. G. Pollock (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Purpose: To evaluate endovascular popliteal artery aneurysm repair using a an “off-label” abdominal endograft limb-module with nitinol-ring structure.

    Materials and Methods: Retrospective observational study of 14 popliteal artery aneurysms in 12 male patients (mean age 76 years and median ASA grade 3) treated electively using the Anaconda™ endograft limb (Terumo Aortic) at a single teaching hospital. Eight limbs were treated percutaneously and 6 limbs required surgical arterial exposure. The mean popliteal artery aneurysm diameter treated was 3.6 cm (range 2.1–5.3 cm). Stent-graft diameters and lengths used were 10–15 and 60–140 mm, respectively. The median covered stented length was 218 mm (range 160–270 mm) and median duration of follow-up was 3.7 years. Outcomes assessed included technically successful aneurysm exclusion, primary patency, re-intervention and survival.

    Results: All patients had successful stent-graft deployment and aneurysm exclusion, with no early complications or mortality at 30 days. Primary stent-graft patency at 1, 3 and 4 years was 93%, 75%, and 64%. By 8 years, patency had declined with 29% (2/14) stent-grafts patent. 7/14 limbs occluded; 3 underwent re-intervention (2 surgical, 1 endovascular). There were no deaths related to the procedure. Freedom from re-intervention and survival at 1/5 years was 93%/84% and 93%/67%, respectively.

    Conclusion: The Anaconda™ endograft limb for endovascular popliteal artery aneurysm repair offers good mid-term patency and acceptable long-term patency up to 4 years when compared with other grafts and open surgery. It may be considered in older comorbid patients unfit for surgery and can be performed percutaneously under local anaesthesia when anatomically feasible.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1562-1570
    Number of pages9
    JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
    Issue number11
    Early online date27 Sept 2023
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


    • Anaconda™ endograft limb
    • Endovascular popliteal artery aneurysm repair (EVPAR)
    • Open surgical popliteal aneurysm repair (OSPAR)
    • Popliteal artery aneurysm (PAA)

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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