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Online ISSN 1827-1839
Hiroomi NISHIO 1, Kenji MINAKATA 1, Atsushi KAWAGUCHI 2, Motoyuki KUMAGAI 1, Takafumi IKEDA 3, Akira SHIMIZU 3, Masayuki YOKODE 4, Satoshi MORITA 2, Ryuzo SAKATA 1
1 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan; 2 Department of Biomedical Statistics and Bioinformatics, Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan; 3 Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan; 4 Department of Clinical Innovative Medicine, Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
INTRODUCTION: A large number of clinical trials of therapeutic angiogenesis in patients with critical limb ischemia have been conducted in recent years. However, limb amputation, which is used as a primary endpoint in such studies, is not often required in Japan, which can make it difficult to carry out related clinical trials. Transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcPO2) is widely used to evaluate the severity of limb ischemia, to decide the level of amputation, and to predict wound healing after limb amputation. The aim of the present study was to elucidate whether TcPO2 can be a surrogate index of limb ischemia, and to define an appropriate cutoff value for wound healing after limb amputation using meta-analysis.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A computer search was performed to identify studies describing the association between TcPO2 and limb ischemic events. From these, studies focused on wound healing after limb amputation were combined and analyzed.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Eleven studies were identified for inclusion in this analysis. The analysis demonstrated that TcPO2 20 mmHg was a valid cutoff value for limb amputation and TcPO2 30 mmHg would be an appropriate value for wound healing after limb amputation.
CONCLUSIONS: TcPO2 of 20 and 30 mmHg were considered appropriate cutoff values for limb amputation and wound healing after amputation, respectively.