The Elephant Trunk Procedure for Aortic Aneurysm Repair: An Illustrated Guide to Surgical Technique With CT Correlation
AJR:197, December 2011
Pamela T. Johnson, Frank M. Corl, James H. Black, Elliot K. Fishman
OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive overview of a relatively new surgical aortic procedure, the elephant trunk technique. In conjunction with information from the literature, a series of illustrations provide a detailed description of the surgical procedure and postoperative appearance with CT correlation.
CONCLUSION. This article explains the rationale behind a staged thoracic aortic surgery, describes and illustrates the surgical tech-nique used to perform the elephant trunk procedure and the normal postoperative imaging appearance, and discusses potential complications specific to the elephant trunk procedure.