Specialist TEVAR (CME) – online course
Authors: A. Chavan and R. Philip Thomas
Reviewers: P. Gkoutzios, S. Hopf-Jensen, S. Müller-Hülsbeck, C. Nice and R. Uberoi
This course caters to specialist learners with advanced knowledge in IR.
Type B aortic dissections (TBAD) constitute 25% to 40% of all aortic dissections. Aortic intramural haematoma (IMH) is a variant defined as a haematoma confined to the medial layer of the aortic wall generally without the presence of a detectable intimal tear. Acute TBAD and IMH may be uncomplicated or complicated, with complicated TBAD/IMH generally referring to the presence of rupture or impending rupture, refractory pain, or hypertension and malperfusion. The standard of care for uncomplicated TBAD/IMH has been medical management with strict blood pressure control, as open repair has a high morbidity and mortality of up to 31%. In contrast, complicated TBAD/IMH require further treatment, which in the past included surgery. Over the past three decades, minimally invasive endoluminal management of these entities has developed rapidly, leading to a change in treatment algorithms for these patients. These techniques include thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for sealing the proximal entry tear, percutaneous fenestration of the intimal flap and true lumen (TL) stenting. The purpose of this course is to elaborate upon the role of these techniques in the management of acute TBAD and IMH.
- To learn about the pathophysiology of TBAD/IMH and resultant branch vessel ischaemia.
- To learn to differentiate between uncomplicated and complicated TBAD/IMH.
- To become familiar with the various endovascular techniques for the treatment of acute TBAD and IMH.
- To learn about the indications and contra-indications for intervention.
- To determine the most suitable treatment strategy with respect to the underlying pathology.
- To learn about the clinical outcome, complications and possible major adverse events (MAE) that could be associated with the interventional techniques.
This course is designed for specialists, who have extensive medical experience, having seen at least 200 patients in clinic and completed at least 250 advanced IR procedures in addition to the 150 basic procedures.
The format of the course is interactive and easy to use, including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around two hours and is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 2 European CME credits (ECMEC). The CME accreditation for this course will expire on February 24, 2024. A non-CME accredited version of the course will remain available for two more years.
The enrolment period of this course is set to 90 days and may be extended throughout the year with a valid All-Access Pass.
The CME certificate will be available in the myCIRSE area past the enrolment period if the course is completed before February 24, 2024.
Release date: February 2022