Endovascular repair of external iliac artery occlusion after hip prosthesis migration

Christopher J. Kwolek, Marc R. Matthews, James M. Hartford, David J. Minion, Thomas H. Schwarcz, Rhonda Quick, Eric Endean

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Purpose: To report emergent endovascular intervention to restore lower extremity arterial patency after migration of a hip prosthesis caused thrombosis of the external iliac artery (EIA). Case Report: Nine months following left hip revision arthroplasty, a 66-year-old woman presented to the Emergency Department with the complaints of an acutely painful left lower extremity for over 6 hours. Imaging showed the metallic acetabular portion of the hip prosthesis in the iliac fossa, with severe external compression of the EIA. After thrombolysis to remove clot from the EIA, an 8×60-mm self-expanding Smart stent was deployed in the left EIA from a contralateral access. The procedure was successful, and the patient was discharged. An infected wound from a compartment fasciotomy delayed revision of the hip prosthesis. Nine weeks after stenting, the patient returned with a cold, pulseless left limb; a femorofemoral bypass was constructed to restore perfusion. Conclusions: While stent placement restored flow for 9 weeks after the initial ischemic event, the recurrent thrombosis could have been prevented by earlier revision of the migrated prosthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-671
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • Arterial injury
  • Arterial thrombosis
  • External iliac artery
  • Hip arthroplasty
  • Hip prosthesis
  • Prosthetic migration
  • SMART stent
  • Thrombolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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