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BMC Geriatrics

Volume 10 Supplement 1

de Senectute: Age and Health Forum

Open Access

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) in the elderly: endovascular versus open surgical repair

  • R Russo1
BMC Geriatrics201010(Suppl 1):A75

Published: 19 May 2010


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseAbdominal Aortic AneurysmAbdominal Aortic AneurysmProsthetic GraftIschemic Complication


The traditional surgical intervention of open aneurysmectomy and prosthetic graft is still now the gold standard for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Today, the new mini-invasive endovascular approach is a valid therapeutic option to customize the treatment based on clinical characteristics of patient and morphological features of the aneurysmal lesion. The purpose of this study is to establish which technique is more suitable for the treatment of the AAA in the elderly patients.

Materials and methods

100 patients aged between 65 and 75 (M:F 85:15) were enrolled in 3 years. After a preoperative cardiac screening, patients were divided into two groups of 50 patients. In group I were included high risk patients (acute renal insufficiency, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and valvular defects), while in group II were included low risk patients with not relevant pathologies. All patients of group I underwent endovascular and surgical treatment, patients in group II were submitted to "open" surgical intervention because of moderate risk.


Of the 50 patients of group I, 2 deaths have occurred in the immediate post-operative period for pre-existing comorbidities. The follow-up at 12 months with eco Doppler ultrasonography showed the absence of endoleak or an increase in the volume of AAA in 45 patients, while for the last 3 patients an open laparotomy was performed for a conversion with a prosthetic graft immediately after the endovascular procedure. In the immediate post-operative period, we registered 4 deaths among patients of group II due to cardiac arrhythmic or ischemic complications or lung failure. The follow up at 12 months has shown paresis of the ileum in 3 patients; the other 43 had a normal post-operative course, Table 1.

Table 1


Traditional Surgery

Endovascular Approach







Disorders preoperative



Follow up 7 days



Follow up 12 months

3 paresis of ileum

3 reinterventions


The study shows that the minimally invasive and endovascular method represents a valid therapeutic option especially in high risk patients with a reduction in immediate post-operative complications. The one year follow-up has revealed the normal predictable incidence of complications.

Authors’ Affiliations

Chair of General Surgery, Vascular Surgery Training Programme, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy


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