Crossing of infrainguinal peripheral arterial chronic total occlusion with a blunt microdissection catheter

Subhash Banerjee, Rahul Thomas, Karan Sarode, Atif Mohammad, Salil Sethi, Mirza S. Baig, Osvaldo S. Gigliotti, M. Ishti Ali, Andrew Klein, Mazen S. Abu-Fadel, Nicolas W. Shammas, Anand Prasad, Emmanouil S. Brilakis

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PURPOSE: Crossing of lower-extremity arterial chronic total occlusion (CTO) can be challenging. Use of the Viance peripheral CTO crossing device (Covidien) in the superficial femoral (SFA), popliteal, and below-the knee (BTK) arterial locations has received limited study. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients from the Excellence in Peripheral Artery Disease (XLPAD) registry (NCT01904851) were treated between April 2010 and November 2013 with the Viance device. The procedural and 30-day clinical outcomes were collected. RESULTS: Mean age was 65.5 ± 8.7 years and 55.1% had diabetes mellitus. Most lesions (n ≤ 58) were TASC classification type C (n ≤ 16; 27.6%) and D (n ≤ 16; 27.6%), with mean lesion length 140.0 ± 71.0 mm; 93.1% of lesions were de novo and 81.0% were severely calcified. Technical success (crossing without the use of a reentry device) was achieved in 87.9% of cases and procedural success was obtained in 86.2%; 51.7% of lesions received stents, with the remaining treated with balloon angioplasty and/or atherectomy. Average fluoroscopy time was 39.1 ± 21.2 min, with 187.8 ± 72.0 mL of contrast and 210.0 ± 212.0 Gy cm radiation dose-area product. There was 1 periprocedural complication (access-site hematoma treated conservatively without blood transfusion). At 30 days post procedure, there was significant improvement in ankle-brachial index (0.72 ± 0.30 to 0.84 ± 0.16; P≤.01) and Rutherford class (3.33 ± 0.81 to 1.54 ± 1.47; P<.001). Clinically-indicated target vessel revascularization, surgical intervention or amputation at 30 days was 5.2%. CONCLUSION: Use of Viance to cross infrainguinal arterial CTO was associated with high success, low complication rates, and significant symptom improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-369
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014



  • Viance catheter
  • diabetes mellitus
  • infrainguinal artery disease
  • peripheral arterial CTO
  • peripheral artery disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Banerjee, S., Thomas, R., Sarode, K., Mohammad, A., Sethi, S., Baig, M. S., Gigliotti, O. S., Ali, M. I., Klein, A., Abu-Fadel, M. S., Shammas, N. W., Prasad, A., & Brilakis, E. S. (2014). Crossing of infrainguinal peripheral arterial chronic total occlusion with a blunt microdissection catheter. Journal of Invasive Cardiology, 26(8), 363-369.