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February 10, 2010

Comparing Endovascular and Open Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

JAMA. 2010;303(6):513-514. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.88

To the Editor: In their article reporting the short-term perioperative outcomes of the OVER trial, Dr Lederle and colleagues1 inaccurately stated, “All 109 lead proceduralists for aneurysm repair were vascular surgeons.” They also commented, “Procedures in our trial were performed by experienced university-affiliated vascular surgeons,” suggesting this as an explanation for improved perioperative outcomes in the OVER trial relative to the EVAR-1 and DREAM trials. These statements overlooked and obscured the contribution of many vascular interventional radiologists, some of whom were investigators in the trial.

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