Transluminal stent graft repair with Wallgraft endoprosthesis in a porcine arteriovenous graft pseudoaneurysm model

Peter H. Lin, Chris K. Johnson, Jennifer K. Pullium, Alan J. Koffron, Brian Conklin, Thomas T. Terramani, Ruth Bush, Changyi Chen, Alan B. Lumsden

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Purpose: Pseudoaneurysm is a known complication of arteriovenous grafts in chronic hemodialysis and can result in graft disruption or thrombosis if left untreated. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of endovascular repair with Wallgraft endoprosthesis (Boston Scientific, Inc, Watertown, Mass) in a porcine arteriovenous graft (AVG) pseudoaneurysm model. Materials and Methods: Bilateral groin AVG pseudoaneurysms (n = 18) were created with an oversized Dacron interposition graft within a polytetrafluoroethylene femoral AVG in nine domestic swine and allowed to mature 28 ± 4 days (standard deviation). Transluminal placement of Wallgraft was performed to exclude the pseudoaneurysm from the AVG circulation. Hemodialysis was performed (400 mL/min x 1 hour, with intravenous heparin 30 units/kg) every 4 days for a total of 6 weeks via 15-gauge needles in the treated AVG pseudoaneurysm site. Arteriography and duplex ultrasound scan were performed to determine AVG patency and pseudoaneurysm flow. Histologic evaluation was performed to determine Wallgraft morphology. In vitro pulsatile flow chamber was used to determine maximal flow volume without peri-Wallgraft endoleak. Results: All AVG pseudoaneurysms were successfully excluded with the Wallgrafts. Twelve AVG (67%) remained patent at the completion of the study. No Wallgraft migration occurred from hemodialysis. Transient peri-Wallgraft endoleak (<2 hours after hemodialysis) was present in 13 of 18 (72%) and four of 12 (33%) AVG pseudoaneurysms by weeks 1 and 6, respectively. With maintenance of an intraluminal pressure of 80, 100, 120, 140, and 160 mm Hg in the pulsatile flow chamber, the maximal flow rates without peri-Wallgraft endoleak were 625 ± 120, 650 ± 145, 620 ± 95, 425 ± 110, and 262 ± 86 mL/min. Scanning electron microscopy showed a neointimal layer covered with thrombus on the Wallgraft surface. Conclusion: Endoluminal placement of Wallgraft endoprosthesis provides adequate structural support for continuous hemodialysis after AVG pseudoaneurysm exclusion. Transient blood flow in the pseudoaneurysm cavity may occur immediately after the hemodialysis, which may represent the effect of heparin used during hemodialysis. This study suggests Wallgraft is a safe and effective treatment for AVG pseudoaneurysm and permits continuous hemodialysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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