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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 1999 March;47(3):65-70

language: Italian

Segmental vasculitis. A report on a case involving the popliteal artery

Burchi C., Cavallaro A.


A case of occlusion of the popliteal artery, in a young female patient with limb threatening ischemia, probably due to a segmental vasculitis, is reported. The surgical treatment, consisting of a femoro-distal bypass, was able to improve dramatically tissue perfusion; howe-ver, due to septic complications, major limb amputation was unavoidable. It is stressed that the treatment of vasculitis should be adapted to each individual case; in selected patients, surgical revascularization appears to offer the only possibility of correcting a ''desperate'' situation.

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