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Italian Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2013 September;20(3):147-50

Copyright © 2013 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Drug-eluting stents in critical limb ischemia: a systematic review of long-term outcomes

Zwischenberger B. A. 1, Xenos E. 2

1 General Surgery Residency Program Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky Lexington, KY, USA; 2 Department of Surgery University of Kentucky Medical Center Lexington, KY, USA


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Endovascular options for infrapopliteal arterial disease are growing and drug-eluting stents (DES) are becoming a viable option. Several studies have demonstrated superior patency during one-year follow-up; however, long-term performance of DES in infrapopliteal critical limb ischemia is not well characterized. The following review evaluates the survival, limb salvage, and stent patency at long-term (>2 years) follow-up.

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