Special Issue "Challenges in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Vascular Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2023 | Viewed by 103

Special Issue Editors

Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Research Center (GIGA-Cardiovascular Science Unit), University Hospital of Liège, Liège, Belgium
Interests: rupture and natural history of abdominal aortic aneurysms; functional imaging of aortic diseases; rare aortic diseases; biomechanical analysis of aortic diseases; endoleaks; cancer
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Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Liège Hospital, GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, CHU Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium
Interests: genetics in aortic diseases; abdominal aortic aneurysms; thoracic aortic aneurysms; dissections

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a chronic inflammatory, multifactorial disease, more prevalent in men >65 years. AAA risk factors include smoking, male sex and positive family history, and AAAs are most common in men of >65 years of age. Infrarenal AAAs are the most frequently observed type, and less common types involve renal arteries (pararenal AAAs) and infrarenal segments closely approaching renal arteries, without involving them (juxtarenal AAAs). These types of AAAs, together with suprarenal AAAs, pose particular technical challenges in endovascular repair due to their complex anatomy.

Other challenges are related to the management of AAA patients with concomitant diseases. Cancer is one of these comorbidities, and in retrospective studies, the concomitant presence of an AAA and cancer has been estimated to be 4%-38%.

AAAs are typically asymptomatic until rupture, an event with a 65-85% mortality rate. The most recognized predictor of rupture is size, but a significant number of smaller aneurysms also rupture.

The present Special Issue aims to highlight challenges in AAAs; therefore, we invite authors to propose articles related to the choice of strategy for the prevention of aneurysm rupture; methods for the identification of aneurysms carrying a high risk of rupture even though they have a diameter below the surgical threshold; or studies focused on methods for the prediction of AAA patients’ outcomes or for the identification of patients at risk of endoleaks.

Prof. Dr. Natzi Sakalihasan
Dr. Lucia Musumeci
Guest Editors

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  • rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms;
  • EVAR;
  • FEVAR;
  • BEVAR;
  • biomechanical analysis;
  • endoleaks;
  • cancer

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. The role of aortic volume in the AAA natural history
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