Transaxillary carotid stenting

Technical case report

Huan Wang, James L. Swischuk, Kenneth Fraser, Jorge Alvernia, Giuseppe Lanzino

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OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: As endovascular neurointerventions continue to evolve rapidly, angioplasty and stenting of both the extracranial and intracranial vessels have become more routine procedures. When the transfemoral approach is contraindicated or technically difficult, familiarity with alternative access techniques becomes essential. We report a successful transaxillary carotid stenting in a patient with an axillary bifemoral bypass graft. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 77-year-old man presented with a symptomatic high-grade stenosis (80%) of the left internal carotid artery. Because of the increased risk of general anesthesia related to his advanced age and severe comorbidities, stenting of the left internal carotid artery was considered. A left transaxillary approach was chosen because of the presence of an axillary bifemoral bypass graft. TECHNIQUE: Under ultrasound guidance, the left axillary artery was successfully punctured and cannulated. After a 0.038 Magic Torque wire (Boston Scientific/Medi-Tech, Watertown, MA) was anchored with the tip of the wire in the distal left occipital artery, a 7-French (outer diameter) Vista Bright guiding sheath (Cordis, Miami, FL) was successfully positioned in the mid left common carotid artery, with an MPA catheter (Cordis) used as guiding support. Subsequently, two Precise stents (Cordis) were successfully deployed across the stenosis, yielding a satisfactory angiographic result. CONCLUSION: With proper patient selection and the use of ultrasound guidance during the initial puncture, the transaxillary approach is a safe and technically feasible alternative to the transfemoral approach when performing carotid stenting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume56
Issue number4 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

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Internal Carotid Artery
Pathologic Constriction
Axillary Artery
Transplants
Magic
Common Carotid Artery
Torque
Angioplasty
Punctures
General Anesthesia
Patient Selection
Stents
Comorbidity
Catheters
Arteries
Recognition (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Carotid stenting
  • Transaxillary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Wang, H., Swischuk, J. L., Fraser, K., Alvernia, J., & Lanzino, G. (2005). Transaxillary carotid stenting: Technical case report. Neurosurgery, 56(4 SUPPL.). https://doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000156847.28054.66

Transaxillary carotid stenting : Technical case report. / Wang, Huan; Swischuk, James L.; Fraser, Kenneth; Alvernia, Jorge; Lanzino, Giuseppe.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 56, No. 4 SUPPL., 01.04.2005.

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Wang, H, Swischuk, JL, Fraser, K, Alvernia, J & Lanzino, G 2005, 'Transaxillary carotid stenting: Technical case report', Neurosurgery, vol. 56, no. 4 SUPPL.. https://doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000156847.28054.66
Wang H, Swischuk JL, Fraser K, Alvernia J, Lanzino G. Transaxillary carotid stenting: Technical case report. Neurosurgery. 2005 Apr 1;56(4 SUPPL.). https://doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000156847.28054.66
Wang, Huan ; Swischuk, James L. ; Fraser, Kenneth ; Alvernia, Jorge ; Lanzino, Giuseppe. / Transaxillary carotid stenting : Technical case report. In: Neurosurgery. 2005 ; Vol. 56, No. 4 SUPPL.
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