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The 7 Pillars of the Frozen Elephant Trunk

Friday, July 15, 2022

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Source Name: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery


Erik Beckmann, MD, Malakh Lal Shrestha, MBBS, PhD

In this article from Innovations, the authors highlight 7 pillars of key advice in performing the frozen elephant trunk separated by the following key areas: 

1. Treatment of complex aortic pathologies with frozen elephant trunk 

2. Frozen elephant trunk in acute aortic dissections 

3. Frozen elephant trunk in chronic aortic dissection 

4. Surgical technique 

5. Sizing 

6. Frozen elephant trunk graft choice 

7. Managing in-stent thrombosis complications 

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