images Vol. 5, No. 3; 2021; pp 147–148
DOI: 10.26676/jevtm.v5i3.237

TEVAR and Delayed Left Subclavian Artery Chimney for Thoracic Aortic Transection

Mohamad Nogedat, Hashem Hayeq and Offer Galili

Department of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, The Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel



Keywords: Emergent TEVAR; Vascular Surgery Trauma; Vascular Surgery

Received: 5 November 2021; Accepted: 17 November 2021





Corresponding author:

Offer Galili, Head of Vascular & EndoVascular Surgery Department, The Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.


© 2021 CC BY 4.0 – in cooperation with Depts. of Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and Anesthesia, Örebro University Hospital and Örebro University, Sweden



The following photos describe the endovascular treatment of an unstable patient with a traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta following blunt chest trauma.

A 57-year-old male presented to the Emergency Department with blunt trauma due to a high fall. On presentation the patient was unstable (systolic blood pressure 70, heart rate 120). The procedure was performed in two sessions. The first session was the emergency deployment of a Zenith Alpha (Cook Medical) thoracic endo-graft in the descending thoracic aorta with intentional covering of the left subclavian artery. The patient was stabilized in ICU. Then, in the second session, due to left upper limb ischemia, a parallel “chimney” Be-Graft (Bentley) covered balloon expandable stent was deployed in the left subclavian artery (retrograde approach) after 24 hours from the index procedure. The patient was mobilized with complete recovery after 48 hours. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) revealed complete resolution of the thoracic rupture with the patent left subclavian “chimney” stent.

Figure 1 Preoperative chest CTA showing partial transection of the aorta (Grade III), 1.5 cm distal to the left subclavian artery. (a) Axial view. (b) Sagittal view.

Figure 2 Three-dimensional CTA reconstruction of the descending aorta showing Grade III blunt aortic injury.

Figure 3 Intraperative angiography. (a) Ruptured descending thoracic aorta (white arrow). (b) Deployed stent graft covering the left subclavian artery without any extravasation.

Figure 4 Three-dimensional CTA reconstruction of the aorta with parallel aortic stent graft and “chimney” graft in the left subclavian artery (72 hours after the index procedure).

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Conflicts of Interest

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Author Contributions

All authors contributed substantially to the study and writing of the manuscript.