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The important phenomenon of air embolization in endovascular aortic arch interventions

Tilo Kölbel (University Heart Center Hamburg, Germany) outlines the main considerations when undertaking endovascular interventions in the ascending aorta and aortic arch. While discussing the surprisingly good results seen in this group of patients (who are typically older and frailer than those undergoing surgical intervention), Kölbel particularly draws attention to the concept of air embolization and how it might go a long way towards explaining the significant stroke risk that these carry. He was interviewed at CIRSE 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Kölbel, Tilo

Kölbel, Tilo


Tilo Kölbel is professor of vascular surgery at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He is board certified in Germany, Sweden and Denmark as specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. Tilo is a member of the German Society of Vascular Surgery, North German Society of Surgery, European Society of Vascular Surgery, The International Society of Vascular Surgery and International Society of Endovascular Specialists. Tilo is reviewer for major North American, European and Asian vascular and interventional radiological journals and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.

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