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International Angiology 2008 June;27(3):232-8


lingua: Inglese

Day-case angioplasty in diabetic patients with critical ischemia

Zayed H. A. 1, Fassiadis N. 1, Jones K. G. 1, Edmondson R. D. 1, Edmonds M. E. 2, Evans D. R. 3, Wilkins C. J. 3, Sidhu P. S. 3, Rashid H. I. 1

1 Department of Vascular Surgery, King’s College Hospital, London, UK 2 Department of Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London, UK 3 Department of Radiology, King’s College Hospital, London, UK


Aim. Recent studies have shown that percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) can be safely performed as a day-case procedure. Many centers consider diabetes mellitus as a contraindication to day-case PTA. In this study, the safety and efficacy of 95 day-case PTA in 66 diabetic patients with critical leg ischemia (CLI) were evaluated.
Methods. Diabetic patients with CLI were assessed in a one-stop multidisciplinary outpatient clinic. Sixty-six outpatients with CLI deemed suitable for radiological intervention by non-invasive imaging (ultrasound angiology or magnetic resonance angiography) were scheduled for day-case PTA.
Results. PTA was initially successful in 63 out of 66 patients (95%). In 3 patients (5%), PTA was not possible because the lesion could not be balloon dilated or crossed with a guide wire. Clinically suspected first, second and third re-stenosis confirmed by non-invasive studies occurred in 20 out of 63 (31%), 7 out of 20 (35%) and 2 out of 7 (28%) patients, respectively. Following PTA, debridement was performed in 11 patients (17%), minor amputation in 8 (13%) and major amputation in 3 (5%). Relief of the primary symptom of rest pain or healing of ulcers was achieved in 23 out of 32 (72%) and 25 out of 27 (92.5%) patients, respectively. No peri-interventional morbidity or mortality was encountered.
Conclusion. PTA is feasible and safe as a day-case procedure in diabetic patients with CLI. Re-stenosis can be managed by repeat day-case PTA.

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