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

Shrestha, Malakh; Bachet, Jean; Bavaria, Joseph; Carrel, Thierry; De Paulis, Ruggero; Di Bartolomeo, Roberto; Etz, Christian D; Grabenwöger, Martin; Grimm, Michael; Haverich, Axel; Jakob, Heinz; Martens, Andreas; Mestres, Carlos A; Pacini, Davide; Resch, Tim; Schepens, Marc; Urbanski, Paul P; Czerny, Martin (2015). Current status and recommendations for use of the frozen elephant trunk technique: a position paper by the Vascular Domain of EACTS. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery, 47(5), pp. 759-769. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ejcts/ezv085

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Carrel, Thierry

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1010-7940

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniela Huber

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2016 15:12

Last Modified:

04 Nov 2019 06:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/ejcts/ezv085

PubMed ID:

25769463

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Combined treatment; Frozen elephant trunk technique; Thoracic aortic pathology

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.75026

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75026

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