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Current status and recommendations for use of the frozen elephant trunk technique: a position paper by the Vascular Domain of EACTS

Malakh Shrestha, Jean Bachet, Joseph Bavaria, Thierry P. Carrel, Ruggero De Paulis, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Christian D. Etz, Martin Grabenwöger, Michael Grimm, Axel Haverich, Heinz Jakob, Andreas Martens, Carlos A. Mestres, Davide Pacini, Tim Resch, Marc Schepens, Paul P. Urbanski and Martin Czerny

in European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Published on behalf of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Volume 47, issue 5, pages 759-769
Published in print May 2015 | ISSN: 1010-7940
Published online March 2015 | e-ISSN: 1873-734X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejcts/ezv085
Current status and recommendations for use of the frozen elephant trunk technique: a position paper by the Vascular Domain of EACTS

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The implementation of new surgical techniques offers chances but carries risks. Usually, several years pass before a critical appraisal and a balanced opinion of a new treatment method are available and rely on the evidence from the literature and expert's opinion. The frozen elephant trunk (FET) technique has been increasingly used to treat complex pathologies of the aortic arch and the descending aorta, but there still is an ongoing discussion within the surgical community about the optimal indications. This paper represents a common effort of the Vascular Domain of EACTS together with several surgeons with particular expertise in aortic surgery, and summarizes the current knowledge and the state of the art about the FET technique. The majority of the information about the FET technique has been extracted from 97 focused publications already available in the PubMed database (cohort studies, case reports, reviews, small series, meta-analyses and best evidence topics) published in English.

Keywords: Frozen elephant trunk technique; Thoracic aortic pathology; Combined treatment

Journal Article.  6404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anatomy ; Cardiovascular Medicine

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