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Dr. Michel Makaroun discusses the current state of Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair or TEVAR and how the approach has influenced the treatment of thoracic aortic pathologies.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • recognize the benefits of endovascular options for the treatment of thoracic aneurysms.
  • identify aortic dissection patients who could benefit from TEVAR
  • recognize additional pathologies that may benefit from TEVAR

Reading Resources:

  1. Five-year results of the endovascular treatment with the Gore TAG device compared with the open repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Curg 2008; 47: 912-8
  2. Cho JS, Makaroun MS. Thoracic and Thoracoabdominal aneurysms: Endovascular Treatment. In Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery 7th Edition. Editors: Cronenwett J. and Johnston KW. Saunders Publishers. Elsevier Inc (UK) 2010. PP 2054-74.
  3. Dillavou ED and Makaroun MS. Predictors of Morbidity and Mortality with Endovascular and Open Thoracic Aneurysm Repair. J Vasc Surg 2008; 48:1114-9
  4. Baril DT, Cho JS, Chaer RA, Makaroun MS. Thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections: endovascular treatment. Mt Sinai J Med. 2010 May;77:256-69.
  5. Barbato JE, Cho JS, Makaroun MS. Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms. In Endovascular Surgery 4th Edition. Editors: Moore and Ahn. Elsevier Saunders Publishers. 2011. PP 457-466


Dr. Makaroun receives grant/research support from Gore and Cordis. He also is a consultant for Medtronic, Gore, and Cordis.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hours.

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Release Date: 12/28/2012 | Last Modified On: 6/29/2014 | Expires: 6/29/2015

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