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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2016 December;57(6):811-6

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Drug-eluting balloons in below the knee treatment

Jos C. VAN DEN BERG 1, 2

1 Service of Interventional Radiology, Centro Vascolare Ticino, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland; 2 Universitätsinstitut für Diagnostische, Interventionelle und Pädiatrische Radiologie, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland


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The endovascular treatment of atherosclerotic disease of the infra-inguinal arteries has changed significantly since the introduction of drug-eluting balloon technology. The role of angioplasty using drug-eluting balloons for lesions of the superficial femoral and popliteal artery is now well established. The positive results of the use of drug-eluting balloons in the above knee segment could not be achieved in the below-the-knee segment. This paper will give an overview of the current status of drug-eluting balloon angioplasty for below-the-knee lesions, and will present a review of 2 single center registry, 5 randomized trials and a meta-analysis.

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