In this Issue
Experts discuss the future directions of thoracic aortic disease management.
Guest Chief Medical Editors’ Page
By Edward Y. Woo, MD, and Ian M. Loftus, MD, FRCS
An experience- and data-based approach to this challenging and diverse thoracic pathology.
By Michael D. Dake, MD
Do we need more trials to tell us how and when to treat descending thoracic aortic aneurysms?
By Benjamin O. Patterson, PhD, MRCS; and Matt M. Thompson, MD, FRCS
A review of the published data available to date for endovascular therapy in the unique anatomy of the ascending aorta.
By Gaspar Mestres, MD, PhD; Xavier Yugueros, MD; Clay Brinster, MD; and Vincent Riambau, MD, PhD
An overview of branched arch devices on the horizon.
By Stéphan Haulon, MD, PhD; Jonathan Sobocinski, MD, PhD; Rafaelle Spear, MD; Jarin Kratzberg, PhD; Blayne Roeder, PhD; Richard Azzaoui, MD; and Blandine Maurel, MD, PhD
Debate: Aortic Arch Aneurysms
Without sufficient long-term data on the use of chimney or branched grafts, arch debranching is the preferred treatment modality.
By Stephen W. K. Cheng, MD
Chimney and sandwich techniques offer promising options for aneurysm exclusion.
By Armando C. Lobato, MD, PhD; Marcelo Cury, MD; Fabio Luiz Costa Pereira, MD; Vasco Gama Ribeiro, MD; and Luciana Camacho-Lobato, MD, PhD
Creating and implementing a grading system that can direct practice algorithms for blunt thoracic aortic injury treatment.
By Joseph DuBose, MD, FACS, FCCM; and Ali Azizzadeh, MD, FACS
Reducing the incidence of devastating neurologic complications and minimizing their impact when they do occur.
By Sharif H. Ellozy, MD
An update on how to differentiate and manage two potentially devastating diagnoses.
By Foeke Nauta, MD; Arnoud Kamman, MD; and Santi Trimarchi, MD, PhD
Ask the Experts
With Mark K. Eskandari, MD; Edward Y. Woo, MD; and Ian M. Loftus, MD, FRCS
With Joseph V. Lombardi, MD, FACS; Eric Verhoeven, MD, PhD; Tara M. Mastracci, MD; and Gustavo S. Oderich, MD
FEATURED TECHNOLOGYSponsored by Phraxis™, Inc.
An overview of the InterGraft™ Vascular Anastomotic Connector System and a case report from the first-in-human study.
By Adrian Ebner, MD; John Ross, MD; and Alexander Yevzlin, MD
CODING & REIMBURSEMENT
Reviewing the changes and additions to endovascular coding effective January 1.
By Katharine L. Krol, MD, FSIR, FACR
A preview of today's new products.
Dr. Sixt discusses the role of drug-coated balloons in peripheral lesions and how this technique is applied in Germany.