The Simpson atherectomy catheter has been used succesfully to recanalise eleven complete occlusions of the iliac and femoropopliteal arteries. Atherectomy and angioplasty were used in combination in 8 cases. Following atherectomy, all patients showed clinical improvement. Distal pulses returned in 7; rest pain and/or claudication disappeared in the other 4. Ischaemic ulcers healed in the 2 affected patients. Overall, ankle-arm indices (AAI) improved by an average of 0.43, with the improvement being greatest (0.55) in patients in whom the lumen was recanalised to within 91-100% of the native luminal diameter. Seven patients have remained with stable AAI values and without change in their clinical status at 18 months follow-up.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||RoFo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiete der Rontgenstrahlen und der Neuen Bildgebenden Verfahren|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging