Percutaneous management of occlusive arterial disease associated with vasculitis: A single center experience

M. Both*, T. Jahnke, E. Reinhold-Keller, M. Reuter, J. Grimm, J. Biederer, J. Brossmann, W. L. Gross, M. Heller, S. Mueller-Huelsbeck

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for occlusive arterial disease associated with vasculitis. Eleven patients (10 women, 1 man; ages 35-82 years) with the diagnosis of vasculitis of the large vessels underwent interventional treatment during intraarterial angiography. The causes included giant cell arteritis (n = 8) and Takayasu arteritis (n = 3). Thirty-three occlusive lesions (including brachiocephalic and renal arteries, and arteries of upper and lower extremities) were treated with balloon angioplasty and/or stent placement. Follow-up included clinical examination, angiography, and color duplex ultrasound. Technical success was 100% (25/25) for stenoses and 50% (4/8) for occlusive lesions, representing all lesions combined from different anatomic locations. Dissection (n = 3) and arterial rupture with retroperitoneal hematoma (n = 1) was found in three patients. During follow-up (mean 12 months), restenoses (n = 8) and re-restenoses (n = 1) occurred in 8 vascular areas. Three of these lesions were treated with repeated PTA (n = 4). The cumulative primary clinical success rate was 67.6%, cumulative secondary success rate 74.4%, and cumulative tertiary success rate 75.9%. Interventional therapy in systemic vasculitis provides promising results in technical success rates and followup. Angioplasty may result in arterial injury, but the rate of complications is low.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.2003

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  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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