MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Professor JT Powell PhD, MD, FRCPath
Faculty of Medicine,
Department of Surgery & CancerImperial College London
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: The mortality from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) remains very high causing about 6000 deaths each year in the UK. The only hope for survival is an emergency operation to repair the burst aorta. Even so the mortality may be as high as 45% within a month of repair using open surgery.
It has been suggested that minimally invasive repair using keyhole or endovascular techniques would lower the mortality to about 25% within a month of repair. However not all shapes of aorta are suitable for endovascular repair (also called EVAR).