A feasibility study of partial REBOA data in a high-volume trauma center

Marta J. Madurska, Ashley McLenithan, Thomas M. Scalea, Rishi Kundi, Joseph M. White, Jonathan J. Morrison*, Joseph J. DuBose

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Purpose: Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is used to temporize patients with infradiaphragmatic hemorrhage. Current guidelines advise < 30 min, to avoid ischemia/ reperfusion injury, whenever possible. The technique of partial REBOA (P-REBOA) has been developed to minimize the effects of distal ischemia. This study presents our clinical experience with P-REBOA, comparing outcomes to complete occlusion (C-REBOA). Patients and methods: Retrospective analysis of patients’ electronic data and local REBOA registry between January 2016 and May 2019. Inclusion criteria: adult trauma patients who received Zone I C-REBOA or P-REBOA for infradiaphragmatic hemorrhage, who underwent attempted exploration in the operating room. Comparison of outcomes based on REBOA technique (P-REBOA vs C-REBOA) and occlusion time (> 30 min, vs ≤ 30 min) Results: 46 patients were included, with 14 treated with P-REBOA. There were no demographic differences between P-REBOA and C-REBOA. Prolonged (> 30 min) REBOA (regardless of type of occlusion) was associated with increased mortality (32% vs 0%, p = 0.044) and organ failure. When comparing prolonged P-REBOA with C-REBOA, there was a trend toward lower ventilator days [19 (11) vs 6 (9); p = 0.483] and dialysis (36.4% vs 16.7%; p = 0.228) with significantly less vasopressor requirement (72.7% vs 33.3%; p = 0.026). Conclusion: P-REBOA can be delivered in a clinical setting, but is not currently associated with improved survival in prolonged occlusion. In survivors, there is a trend toward lower organ support needs, suggesting that the technique might help to mitigate ischemic organ injury. More clinical data are needed to clarify the benefit of partial occlusion REBOA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-305
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Endovascular trauma
  • Non-compressible torso hemorrhage
  • Partial occlusion


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