New PAD technique prevents limb amputation for many patients


March 27, 2014 - Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a very serious condition that develops most commonly as a result of atherosclerosis, and interventional radiologists routinely treat PAD through image-guided endovascular techniques, where a catheter containing medications or miniature instruments is inserted percutaneously into a blood vessel for the treatment of vascular disease. The Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting is featuring new research on PAD during its scientific sessions at in SIR’s 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, March 22-27, 2014, in San Diego.

In this study, researchers retrospectively reviewed cases treated using a modified technique that uses the blood vessels in the foot as entry point. After examining the results of 92 individuals (64 males and 28 females, age range of 44–91 years), who all had tissue loss and were not candidates for bypass surgery, the authors noted that technical success was achieved in 89 percent of those treated. This treatment provides a dramatic improvement in quality of life for people who otherwise may have lost a limb to amputation.

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March 27, 2014
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