Duplex ultrasound as the sole long-term surveillance method post-endovascular aneurysm repair: a safe alternative for stable aneurysms.

@article{Chaer2009DuplexUA,
  title={Duplex ultrasound as the sole long-term surveillance method post-endovascular aneurysm repair: a safe alternative for stable aneurysms.},
  author={Rabih Antoine Chaer and A. E. Gushchin and Robert Y Rhee and Luke Keith Marone and Jae Sung Cho and Steven A Leers and Michel S. Makaroun},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={49 4},
  pages={845-9; discussion 849-50}
}
OBJECTIVE Long-term surveillance with computed tomography (CT) after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) increases both cost and risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety of an alternative follow-up modality with color flow duplex ultrasound scanning (CDU) as the sole method of imaging. METHODS In 2003, we initiated a new follow-up (FU) schedule with yearly CDU as the sole imaging method for selected patients. Indications included a residual sac of less than 4 cm, expanded… CONTINUE READING

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