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Percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy for treatment of acute femoropopliteal bypass occlusion

Authors Lichtenberg M, Kaeunicke, Hailer

Received 12 February 2012

Accepted for publication 9 March 2012

Published 4 May 2012 Volume 2012:8 Pages 283—289


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Michael Lichtenberg1, Matthias Käunicke1, Birgit Hailer1,2
1Cardiovascular Clinic, Vascular Center, Katholisches Klinikum Essen, Germany; 2University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Abstract: Acute and subacute ischemia of the legs in acute and subacute femoropopliteal bypass occlusion is a dramatic situation that endangers the survival of the limbs, depending on the severity of the ischemia. Different therapy options like percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy procedures, which include rotational thrombectomy, have become available in recent years, in addition to local lysis and surgical thrombectomy. Surgical thrombectomy using the Fogarty catheter technique, in particular, shows an increased incidence of perioperative complications but only small technical success rates in randomized trials. On the other hand, local lysis is associated with increased costs due to resource-consuming measures, such as intensive monitoring and repeat angiographies, in addition to bleeding complications. In the past, further development of the Straub Rotarex® system as an endovascular therapy option has demonstrated good success leading to amputation-free survival in multiple studies. At the same time, a low rate of complications with use has been documented. Most examinations have been conducted in the thigh. To date, there are little investigational data on its use in acutely and subacutely occluded femoropopliteal bypasses. In this paper, the current study-based significance of the Rotarex system for this indication is analyzed based on the existing literature and the authors' own experiences with 22 patients.

acute limb ischemia, femoropopliteal bypass, local lysis, rotational thrombectomy

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