[Feasibility and possibility of Inoue stent graft for thoracic aortic aneurysms].
ABSTRACT Open surgical repair is a traditional treatment for patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms. Despite recent advances in surgical techniques and anesthetic management, the surgical repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms is still associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Endovascular aneurysm repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms is emerging as an alternative method for repair in selected patients. Although endovascular stent grafting is less invasive than open surgical repair, involvement of branch vessels and precipitous curvature of the aortic arch limits the application of stent grafting. Inoue stent graft system consists of soft nitinol ring-type stent which enables very flexible stent graft, and it can well comply with the precipitous curvature of the aortic arch. The system also provides a stent graft with a side branch to manage the left subclavian artery. This system does not require the surgical revascularization of the left subclavian artery. In this report, we show the feasibility and possibility of Inoue stent graft system to manage the aortic arch aneurysm.