Two-Year Primary Patency Rates After Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease Endovascular Treatment


Mohammad Hassani 1 , Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi 2 , * , Morteza Taghavi 2 , Javad Salimi 2 , Majid Moini 2 , Amirsina Sharifi 2 , Morteza Noaparast 2 , Mohammad Reza Toubaei 2 , Morteza Shahbandari 3 , Somayeh Alsadat Naserinia 4 , Soheil Saadat 2 , Farzad Biniaz 5

1 Department of Surgery, Taleghani Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Sina Trauma and Surgery Research Center, Sina Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

4 Ethics Group of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Department of Radiology, Sina Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Hassani M, Zafarghandi M R, Taghavi M, Salimi J, Moini M, et al. Two-Year Primary Patency Rates After Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease Endovascular Treatment, Iran J Radiol. 2018 ; 15(2):e59509. doi: 10.5812/iranjradiol.59509.


Iranian Journal of Radiology: 15 (2); e59509
Published Online: April 17, 2018
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 16, 2017
Revised: December 6, 2017
Accepted: March 12, 2018


Background: In the last decade, great attention has been paid to endovascular treatment and now it is considered as a treatment of choice in aortoiliac occlusive disease.

Objectives: To report our 2-year follow-up experience in this field.

Patients and Methods: A retrospective review was conducted on patients who underwent aortoiliac angioplasty with or without stenting from September 2013 to March 2015. Medical profile, clinical signs and symptoms, and technical variables of angioplasty were recorded. Technical success rate and primary patency rate were the main outcome measures.

Results: Fifty eight patients (m:f = 53:5) with the mean age of 64.28 ± 10.88 years and the most common initial presentation of intermittent claudication (37.9%) were evaluated. The technical success rate was 100% in each transatlantic inter-society consensus (TASC) subtypes. The mean time of hospital stay was 9.45 ± 7.96 days. The mean follow up period was 14.01 ± 5.87 months (6-27months). The Kaplan-Meier analysis estimated a primary patency rate of TASC subtypes A-D at 1 year as 96.3%, 100%, 66.7%, and 96.3%, respectively. Two years primary patency rates were 96.3%, 100%, 66.7%, and 81.6% for A-D TASC subtypes, respectively. There was no complication or death in the study group.

Conclusion: Endovascular treatment for different TASC II subtypes is associated with considerable technical success rate and primary patency rate even in TASC D, which has been previously indicated to be treated with open surgical procedures.

1. Background

During the last two decades, technical advances have changed aortoiliac occlusive disease management in both diagnosis and treatment (1). Computed tomographic angiography has pretermitted digital subtraction angiography in imaging (2) and endovascular therapy has become the treatment of choice for debilitating aortoiliac occlusive disease in patients complaining of lower limb claudication (3). This growing interest for percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is based on its safety, technical feasibility (4), and non-invasive nature compared with open surgery along with lower mortality and infection rates (5). The trans-atlantic inter-society consensus (TASC) morphological stratification (6) is widely used to categorize peripheral arterial disease lesions. This categorization is based on the extent of vessel occlusion or stenosis including unilateral or bilateral lesions, presence of calcification, and length of vessel occlusion and the overall complexity of atherosclerotic lesions. TASC also proposes treatment options in each group, as it has recommended open surgical management in severe disease (TASC D) and endovascular therapy for less complicated lesions (TASC A, B, and C) (6). Primary studies have reported technical success rate ranging from 80 to 85% (7-9), but recent studies have shown that a technical success rate of 92 to 95% (10-12) can be achieved even in type C and D lesions. Thus, we assume TASC II morphological stratification is an accurate tool to candidate a patient with aortoiliac occlusive disease for endovascular treatment and this technique is widely applicable in every TASC subtype with a considerable technical success rate and primary patency rate.

2. Objectives

In the present study we aim to report our two-year experience of endovascular treatment of aortoiliac disease. We assume this study is the first of its kind in our country.

3. Patients and Methods

3.1. Study Design

This study was designed as a retrospective observational study. The institutional review board and ethics committee of Tehran University of Medical Sciences have approved the study protocol.

3.2. Setting

Medical profiles of all consecutive patients who were treated for peripheral arterial disease by endovascular intervention at Sina hospital from September 2013 to March 2015 were gathered. The following data were recorded in all cases: age, gender, comorbidities, pre-procedure symptoms, previous drug history, smoking habit, technical success rate in endovascular treatment, hospital stay, and post-operative complication. All procedures were performed by the same vascular surgery team with fixed imaging. Plavix (450 mg) was prescribed orally before the procedure. Heparin sodium was administered systematically at 4000 to 8000 IU to achieve the activated clotting time of higher than 250 seconds. After obtaining local anesthesia, arterial access through ipsilateral or contralateral femoral approach through introducer sheaths that ranged in size from 4 - 5 F was made. A 0.035-inch hydrophilic guide wire (Terumo Guidwire, Somerset, New Jersey, US) was used to pass occlusion and stenosis. Standard angioplasty balloons (Sleek OTW, Cordis, Johnson and Johnson, US) matching the length of the lesion and diameter of the artery were used. If after primary angioplasty with pressure ranging from 4 to 16 atm maintaining for 60 to 120 seconds, there was residual stenosis (defined as ≥ 30% reduction in luminal diameter of treated artery in comparison with adjacent segment) or presence of flow limiting intimal flap, a stent was inserted.

Patients were given aspirin 80 mg/daily/PO, plavix 75 mg/daily/PO and atorvastatin 40 mg/daily/PO for 2 months. After this period, aspirin, cilostazol or pentoxifyllin and atorvastatin was prescribed for life-time.

The follow up visit was set up at 2 weeks after the procedure, then in every 3 months for the first year then each 6 months for the second year. In every visit, improvement and clinical status, distal pulse to angioplasty site, patient’s history and duplex ultrasound examination was assessed. If patients reported recurrent symptoms in history accompanied with recurrent stenosis > 50% detected by duplex scan, they were a candidate for repeat intervention.

3.3. Participants

All patients complaining of intermittent claudication, tissue loss or rest pain were initially visited by the vascular surgeon in the study period. Patients willing to participate were given an informed consent and other ones received standard treatment.

3.4. Variables:

Technical success was defined as residual stenosis < 30% after initial endovascular intervention. Primary patency rate was considered based on society for vascular surgery guidelines (13).

3.5. Data Measurement

All patients underwent either computed tomography angiography or digital subtraction angiography in order to clarify stenosis or occlusion in culprit vessel. In addition, all lesions were categorized based on TASC II (6).

3.6. Bias

We tried our best to follow all patients treated in our center, but in some cases patients were missed or they died. During the follow up period, nine patients died and 11 patients were missed to follow though we tried several times to contact and invite them for follow up visits. The follow up rate was 75%. Therefore, excluding these patients may have led us to overestimate the primary patency rate.

3.7. Study Size

As we aimed to report our 2-years experience in endovascular treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease, eligible patients during this period were enrolled into the study.

3.8. Statistical Methods

Categorical variables are shown as frequency (%) and continuous variables are shown as mean (standard deviation). Categorical variables were compared using the chi-squared test. An independent student t-test was used to compare means between the two groups. Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to assess survival. If it was not possible to attain information about patient’s status at intended time(s), it was considered censored after the last known status time. All analyses were performed by the two-sided method using statistical package of social science software (SPSS version 22; SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL), and the P value of < 0.05 was set as statistically significant.

4. Results

4.1. Participants

A total number of 58 patients with male: female ratio of 53:5 and mean age of 64.28 ± 10.88 were assessed for treatment of aortoiliac lesions during study period.

4.2. Descriptive Data

The most common comorbidity among the study population was diabetes mellitus affecting 25 patients (43.1%). Other comorbidities were as follows: hypertension (21 patients, 36.2%), hyperlipidemia (7 patients, 12.1%), and congestive heart failure (10 patients, 17.2%). Only one person was under routine dialysis and 43 patients (74.1%) had a history of smoking. Table 1 demonstrates patient comorbidity in different TASC subtypes.

Table 1. Gender Distribution, Clinical Symptoms and Comorbidities Among Different TASC Subtypesa
Male26 (96.3)4 (100)5 (100)18 (81.8)
Female1 (3.7)0 (0)0 (0)4 (18.2)
Yes22 (81.5)3 (75)4 (100)14 (63.6)
No5 (18.5)1 (25)1 (20)8 (36.4)
Yes10 (37)0 (0)3 (60)8 (36.4)
No17 (63)4 (100)2 (40)14 (63.6)
Yes14 (51.9)2 (50)2 (40)7 (31.8)
No13 (48.1)2 (50)3 (60)15 (68.2)
Yes27 (100)0 (0)0 (0)1 (4.5)
No0 (0)4 (100)5 (100)21 (95.5)
Yes13 (48.1)2 (50)2 (40)7 (31.8)
No14 (51.9)2 (50)3 (60)15 (68.2)
Rest pain
Yes4 (14.8)1 (25)1 (20)5 (22.7)
No23 (85.2)3 (75)4 (80)17 (77.3)

Abbreviations: DM, diabetes mellitus; HTN, hypertension; TASC, transatlantic inter-society consensus.

aValues are expressed as No. (%).

Previous medication histories of all patients were reviewed. Aspirin was used by 31 patients (53.4%) followed by statins (21 patients, 36.2%), clopidogrel (11 patients, 19%), β blockers (5 patients, 8.6%), and warfarin (3 patients, 5.2%).

Peripheral arterial disease was mostly presented with intermittent claudication (37.9%). Ulcer, tissue loss, and rest pain were other common symptoms (25.9%, 19%, and 17.2%, respectively).

4.3. Outcome Data

Based on TASC II morphological stratification, 27, 4, 5, and 22 patients were in group A, B, C, and D, respectively. Intermittent claudication and tissue loss in TASC II subtypes are shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Intermittent Claudication and Tissue Loss Frequency in TASC II Subtypes
TASC IIIntermittent claudicationTissue loss
A (n = 26)133
B (n = 4)21
C (n = 4)20
D (n = 20)74

Abbreviation: TASC, transatlantic inter-society consensus

For the whole study population, the mean percentage of stenosis in aortoiliac lesion was 81.36 ± 8.41% preoperatively and it became 11.84 ± 5.92% after the procedure (P value = 0.02). In addition, the mean lesion length was 4.72 ± 3.33 mm. Twenty one patients had complete occlusion in aortoiliac lesions. Twenty four patients underwent single procedure and 34 underwent multiple procedures. Angioplasty without stenting was performed in one patient and angioplasty with stenting was performed in 57 patients. In most patients, the number of applied stents was 1 (mode). Self-expandable bare stent was used in 45 (77.6%) lesions and balloon expandable stent was used in 19 (32.8%) lesions.

The mean time of hospital stay was 9.45 ± 7.96 days. There was no bleeding in the site of procedure and death. Patients were followed up for 14.01 ± 5.87 months (6 - 27 months). During the time of follow ups, 54 patients had no signs of stenosis or occlusion in duplex ultrasonography imaging, while one presented with occlusion and three other with stenosis. Twenty four (96%) of the patients who presented with foot ulcer reported complete wound healing and one (4%) reported more than 50% healing (P value = 0.01). While 36 (81.1%) patients reported improvement in claudication, eight patients (18.2%) reported no improvement (P value = 0.04).

4.4. Main Results

Technical success rate was 100% in aortoiliac lesions of all TASC II subtypes. For the whole study population, the mean primary patency rate at 6, 12, and 24 months was 92%, 92%, and 88.6%, respectively (P values for all follow ups was < 0.05). Primary patency rates of different TASC II subtypes are presented in Table 3 and Figure 1. The Kaplan-Meier analysis estimated primary patency rate of TASC subtypes A - D at 1 year as 96.3%, 100%, 66.7%, and 96.3%, respectively (P value = 0.38). Two-year primary patency rates were 96.3%, 100%, 66.7%, and 81.6% for A - D TASC subtypes, respectively (P value = 0.38).

Table 3. Primary Patency Rate of TASC Subtype at Different Follow Upsa
TASC SubtypesPrimary patency rate, months
TASC A96.396.396.3
TASC B100100100
TASC C10066.766.7
TASC D96.396.381.6

Abbreviation: TASC, transatlantic inter-society consensus

aValues are expressed as percentage.

Figure 1. Primary patency rate of transatlantic inter-society consensus (TASC) subtypes at follow ups

5. Discussion

In this study, we reviewed medical profile, endovascular treatment variables and post-operative follow up visits of 58 patients with aortoiliac lesions. Peripheral arterial disease is associated with multiple comorbidities as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, ischemic heart disease, and smoking history (3). All of our patients had at least one of these risk factors and the most common one was smoking and diabetes. Humphries et al. (14) reported hypertension and hyperlipidemia as the most common comorbidities while Kudo et al. (15) reported hypertension and smoking as the most prevalent risk factors. Although all these risk factors (except smoking) may be considered as metabolic syndrome components, the difference in prevalence may be attributed to epidemiological variation between study groups of each study.

In our study population, technical success was achieved in 100% of all TASC subtypes. Previous studies have reported technical success rate to vary between TASC II subtypes, as TASC A (91.6 - 96.9%) has higher and TASC D has lower rates (71.4 - 91.6%) (3, 16, 17). On the hand, Tewksbury et al. (18), and Taurino et al. (19) reported 100% technical success even in TASC D subtype. Given this technical success rates, the accuracy of TASC criteria to choose between therapeutic options would be confirmed. The difference between reported technical success rates may be due to specialist experience and patient’s profile. Although these factors may be contributed to the difference seen, it is needed to be approved by controlled studies.

Post angioplasty complication can be divided into major and minor ones. Major group includes complication including acute iliac artery thrombosis, arterial rupture, acute dissection, stent infection, distal embolization, and renal failure. Minor complications are groin hematoma and whatever requires no treatment. In the present study, we had no cases of either minor or major complications; therefore, we are unable to make any comparison between complication rates of angioplasty alone and angioplasty with stenting or between self-expandable and balloon expandable stents. Current literature suggests higher complications in iliac stenting (4% - 19%) (20-22) compared to angioplasty alone (3% - 7.9%) (23, 24). In a study by Benetis et al. in 2016, on the results of endovascular stenting between TASC II subtypes, the overall complication was reported to be 7.4% (25). Also Suzuki et al. showed that in a group of 2601 aortoiliac diseases, the complications are significantly higher in TASC D than cumulative complication in TASC A, B and C (11.1% vs. 5.2%, P < 0.01) (26). Kudo et al. (15) and Grimme et al. (27) both proposed that there are no differences between bare metal and covered stents in terms of complications.

Primary patency was defined as a treated vessel that remained open without restenosis or needed to be revascularized. If a stenotic target lesion undergoes redo revascularization to improve patency, it is known as assisted primary patency and if an occluded target lesion reopens repeatedly by revascularization it is called secondary patency (13). In our study, the Kaplan-Meier analysis estimated primary patency rate of TASC subtypes A - D at 1 year as 96.3%, 100%, 66.7%, and 96.3%, respectively. Two-year primary patency rates were 96.3%, 100%, 66.7%, and 81.6% for A - D TASC subtypes, respectively. Traditionally TASC C and D lesion were known to be treated successfully with open surgery, but there were reports about high primary patency rate (ranging 72% - 89%) even in these patients after endovascular treatment (28, 29). Grimme et al. investigated primary patency rates in patients with TASC C/ D aortoiliac lesions treated with either endovascular or surgery treatment and reported that the primary patency rates at 1 and 2 years were 83% and 79.9% after endovascular stenting and 97.1% and 97.1% after surgical approach (27). In a study by Taurino et al., the primary patency rate was 93.3%, 90.2%, and 86.6% at 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively (19). Also Grimme et al. revealed that 1-year primary patency of bare metal stents rates between 76% and 100% and a 5-year primary patency rate is in a range of 63% to 83%. In their study, one-year primary patency of covered stents reported to be between 70% and 100%, but they were unable to report long-term primary patency rate for covered stents. Although we reported a higher primary patency rate for TASC D compared to TASC C patients, it seems to be due to the lower number of TASC C patients. This finding does not conflict our results about other TASC subtypes. It just emphasizes on performing future studies with equal cases in subgroups for proper intra group comparisons.

There are few limitations to our study that should be considered and resolved in future researches. First, we recruited patients from a single hospital that might induce selection bias. Second, although we managed to investigate 58 patients in our study, studies with larger sample sizes are recommended to confirm obtained results. The number of patients in TASC subtype B and C are too small that prevented us from inter-subtypes analysis. Third, we followed patients in specific time intervals, but it was not completely matched to the time of occurring stenosis in patients. Thus, it might have compromised the diagnosis of primary patency rate.

In conclusion, it is important to categorize patients based on TASC II morphological stratification after the initial diagnosis of aortoiliac occlusive disease. In this manner, not only patients would receive proper treatment with minimum complications, they would be aware of their prognosis. Our study is suggestive that percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is a feasible and safe procedure providing considerable technical success and primary patency rate in each subtype of TASC II for aortoiliac occlusive disease.




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