Drug eluting balloons

Diehm, Nicolas A; Hoppe, Hanno; Do, Dai-Do (2010). Drug eluting balloons. Techniques in vascular and interventional radiology, 13(1), pp. 59-63. New York, N.Y.: Elsevier

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Ever since the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was carried out in Switzerland in 1977, restenosis remains a major drawback of this minimally invasive treatment intervention. Numerous attempts to increase vessel patency after PTA have included systemic medications and endovascular brachytherapy, but these techniques have not met our expectations in preventing restenosis. Nitinol stents have been shown to reduce rates of restenosis and target lesion revascularization in patients undergoing endovascular treatment of long femoropopliteal obstructions. Despite further technical refinements in nitinol stent technology, restenosis occurs in approximately every third patient undergoing femoropopliteal stenting. Similarly, initial clinical trials with drug-eluting stents have failed to indicate restenosis inhibition in femoropopliteal segment. Unfortunately, restenosis rates after below-the-knee PTA and stenting have been reported to be even higher than those following femoropopliteal revascularization. Current concepts for the prevention and treatment of restenosis after PTA or stenting include the sustained release of antiproliferative paclitaxel into the vessel wall. Drug eluting balloons are a promising, novel technology aimed at inhibiting restenosis after PTA. Its clinical efficacy in reducing restenosis has already been proven for coronary arteries as well as for the femoropopliteal segment. The purpose of this article is to review the clinical utility of drug-eluting balloons for lower limb endovascular interventions.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Angiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology

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Diehm, Nicolas Alexander; Hoppe, Hanno and Do, Dai-Do








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04 Oct 2013 14:07

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06 Dec 2013 13:19

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/242 (FactScience: 197058)

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