Ann Thorac Surg 2002;73:694
© 2002 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
On the originality of the technique described by Sueda and coworkers
Noedir A.G. Stolf, MD, PhDa
a Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgical Division, Heart Institute of University of São Paulo, Sao Paulo 05403-010, Brazil
To the Editor
I read the article by Sueda and coworkers  with interest. In the article the authors state that they developed a technique for use of endoluminal stent graft in descending aorta with insertion through the aortic arch. Neverthless, Palma and coworkers  as well as ourselves  reported exactly this same procedure in 1997 and 1998. In our initial publication we reported 11 cases and in a later publication in 1999, 13 cases. In this last one there were six aneurysms and seven dissections with special problems including acute case and rupture in five . Now we have 39 patients in whom this technique was used with special indications and good results.
Sueda T., Watari M., Okada K., Orihashi K., Matsuara Y. Endovascular stent-grafting through the aortic arch: an alternative approach for distal arch aneurysm. Ann Thorac Surg 2000;70:1251-1254.[Abstract/Free Full Text]
Palma J.H., Almeida D.R., Carvalho A.C., Andrade J.C., Buffolo E. Surgical treatment of acute type B aortic dissection using an endoprosthesis (elephant trunk). Ann Thorac Surg 1997;63:1081-1084.[Abstract/Free Full Text]
Stolf N.A.G., Pego-Fernandes P.M., Souza L.R., et al. Uso da protese endovascular auto-expansível para tratamento das doenças da aorta torácica descendente. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc 1998;13:124-130.
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