CHICAGO – The Global Registry for Endovascular Aortic Treatment is a unique resource that, although still early in its planned 10-year follow-up period, has already yielded important insights into one of the hottest topics in endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms: that is, the impact of the proximal aortic neck, Clayton J. Brinster, MD, said at a symposium on vascular surgery sponsored by Northwestern University.
Theis a prospective, observational, real-world registry that enrolled more than 5,000 consecutive patients undergoing endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil before enrollment closed in October 2016.
GREAT is the largest stent graft registry in the world. One of its special features is that it has essentially no exclusion criteria. This enables researchers to compare outcomes in patients undergoing on-label EVAR using devices deployed within the official instructions for use (IFU) to results in real-world practice, which not infrequently entails treatment for nonstandard indications using devices outside the narrowly defined IFU generated via pivotal clinical trials, explained Dr. Brinster, a vascular surgeon at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.
The biggest limitation of GREAT is that it’s sponsored by Gore and restricted to recipients of GORE thoracic and abdominal stent grafts. However, the registry has an oversight and safety monitoring board that is independent of the company, Dr. Brinster continued.
He highlighted three recently published studies that have utilized early GREAT data to examine the impact on EVAR outcomes of various features of the proximal aortic neck.