Predictors of Bleeding or Anaemia requiring Transfusions in Complex Endovascular Aortic Repair and its Impact on Outcomes in Health Insurance Claims

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This study aimed to determine predictors and outcomes associated with bleeding or anemia requiring transfusion (BAT) after fenestrated or branched endovascular aneurysm repair (FB-EVAR).
Health insurance claims data of Germany's third largest insurance provider, DAK-Gesundheit, were used to investigate BAT in elective FB-EVAR performed between 2008 and 2017. International Classification of Diseases and German Operations and Procedure Key codes were used.
A total of 959 patients (24.8% with BAT) matching the inclusion criteria were identified during the study period. Compared with patients without BAT, patients with BAT were older (74.4 vs 73.0 years; P = .015) and suffered more frequently from congestive heart failure (18.5% vs 9.4%), cardiac arrhythmias (26.9% vs 14.7%), and hereditary or acquired coagulopathy (31.9% vs 6.2%; all P < .001). Coagulopathy (odds ratio [OR], 3.65; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.29-5.84), female sex (OR, 2.67; 95% CI, 1.78-4.00), and multiple comorbidities (OR, 1.10; 95% CI, 1.07-1.14) were independent predictors of BAT (all P < .001). BAT was associated with higher in-hospital (11.3% vs 2.6%), 30-day (12.2% vs 3.1%), and 90-day (18.5% vs 4.4%) mortality (all P < .001). Furthermore, myocardial infarction (23.9% vs 2.8%) and paraplegia (9.7% vs 0.7%) were more frequent in the BAT group (all P < .001). In multivariable analyses, BAT was associated with worse short-term (OR, 3.19; 95% CI, 1.63-6.33; P = .001) and long-term survival (hazard ratio, 1.62; 95% CI, 1.24-2.11; P < .001).
Patients with hereditary or acquired coagulopathy, patients with multiple comorbidities, and women are at higher risk for development of BAT after FB-EVAR. The occurrence of this event was strongly associated with higher major complication rates and worse short-term and long-term survival. This emphasizes a need to further illuminate the value of patient blood management in FB-EVAR.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17.01.2020