The association between diabetes mellitus and its management with outcomes following endovascular repair for descending thoracic aortic aneurysm

Steven P. Summers, Vinamr Rastogi, Sai Divya Yadavalli, Sophie X. Wang, Melinda S. Schaller, Douglas W. Jones, Cassius I. Ochoa Chaar, Jorg L. de Bruin, Hence J.M. Verhagen, Marc L. Schermerhorn*

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Objective: Prior literature is conflicted regarding the effect of diabetes mellitus (DM) on outcomes after endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms. In this study, we aimed to examine the association between DM and outcomes after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) for thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA). Methods: We identified patients who underwent TEVAR for TAA of the descending thoracic aorta in the Vascular Quality Initiative between 2014 and 2022. We created two cohorts, DM and nonDM, based on the patient's preoperative DM status, and secondarily substratified patients with DM by management strategy: dietary management, noninsulin medications, and insulin therapy cohorts. Outcomes included perioperative and 5-year mortality, in-hospital complications, indications for repair, and 1-year sac dynamics, which were analyzed with multivariable cox regression, multivariable logistic regression, and χ2 tests, respectively. Results: We identified 2637 patients, of which 473 (18%) had DM preoperatively. Among patients with DM, 25% were diet controlled, 54% noninsulin medications, and 21% insulin therapy. Within patients who underwent TEVAR for TAA, the proportions of ruptured presentation were higher in the dietary-managed (11.1%) and insulin-managed (14.3%) cohorts relative to noninsulin therapy (6.6%) and those without DM (6.9%). After multivariable regression analysis, we found that DM was associated with similar perioperative mortality (odds ratio, 1.14; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.70-1.81) and 5-year mortality compared with patients without DM (hazard ratio, 1.15; 95% CI, 0.91-1.48). Furthermore, all in-hospital complications were comparable between patients with DM and patients without DM. Compared with patients without DM, dietary management of DM was significantly associated with higher adjusted perioperative mortality (OR, 2.16; 95% CI, 1.03-4.19) and higher 5-year mortality (hazad ratio, 1.50; 95% CI, 1.03-2.20), although this was not the case for other DM subgroups. All cohorts displayed similar 1-year sac dynamics, with sac regression occurring in 47% of patients without DM vs 46% of patients with DM (P = .27). Conclusions: Preoperatively, patients with DM who underwent TEVAR had a higher proportion of ruptured presentation when treated with diet or insulin medications than when treated with noninsulin medications. After TEVAR for descending TAA, DM was associated with a similar risk of perioperative and 5-year mortality as nonDM. In contrast, dietary therapy for DM was associated with significantly higher perioperative mortality and 5-year mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-323
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number2
Early online date2023
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

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Funding Information:
This work in part was funded by NIH 5 T35 HL11084 fellowship award to S.P.S. S.X.W. is funded by NIH T32 HL00734 .

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