Endovascular Revascularization of Below-the-Knee Arteries: Prospective Short-Term Angiographic and Clinical Follow-up

Baumann, Frederic; Willenberg, Torsten; Do, Dai-Do; Keo, Hak-Hong; Baumgartner, Iris; Diehm, Nicolas (2011). Endovascular Revascularization of Below-the-Knee Arteries: Prospective Short-Term Angiographic and Clinical Follow-up. Journal of vascular and interventional radiology, 22(12), pp. 1665-1673. New York, N.Y.: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jvir.2011.08.028

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PURPOSE: To evaluate arterial lesion characteristics and their impact on angiographic and clinical outcomes after endovascular below-the-knee (BTK) revascularization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between April 2008 and June 2009, 33 patients (mean age 74.9 years) with 34 limbs and 50 arterial segments (mean lesion length 59.3 mm) undergoing endovascular BTK revascularization agreed to undergo prospective clinical and intraarterial angiographic 6-month follow-up evaluation. Clinical indication for BTK revascularization was critical limb ischemia (CLI) in 18 patients and delayed wound healing without hemodynamic evidence of CLI and intermittent claudication (IC) in 15 patients. RESULTS: Binary restenosis was observed in 40% of treated segments at 6 months. Primary sustained clinical improvement was 82.4% and 55.9% at 3 months and 6 months. Lesion length was independently associated with binary restenosis (hazard ratio [HR] 1.013, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.000-1.016, P = .05) and lower rates of primary sustained clinical improvement (HR 1.024, 95% CI 1.006-1.042, P = .008). CONCLUSIONS: Endovascular BTK revascularization yields clinical and angiographic benefits both for patients with IC and for patients with CLI. Although arterial lesion length adversely affects angiographic and clinical outcomes after endovascular revascularization, limb salvage rates were substantially higher compared with the comparatively low patency rates after BTK angioplasty.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Angiology

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04 Oct 2013 14:15

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