A Single-Center Experience on Below-The-Knee Endovascular Treatment in Diabetic Patients

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Diabetic ulceration of the foot is a major global medical, social and economic problem and is the most frequent end-point of diabetic complications. A retrospective analysis from February 2017 to May 2019 of diabetic patients presenting below-the-knee artery disease (PAD) was carried out. Only patients treated with endovascular techniques as first choice treatment were evaluated. Outcome measured was perioperative mortality and morbidity. Freedom from occlusion, secondary patency and amputation rate were all registered. Additional maneuvers including stenting or angioplasty with drug eluting balloon (DEB) were reported. A total of 167 (101 male/66 female) patients with a mean age of 71 years were included in the study. A Rutherford 3, 4, 5 and 6 categories were reported in 5, 7, 110 and 45 patients, respectively. No perioperative mortality was reported. Morbidity occurred in 4 (4.4%) cases and consisted of pseudoaneurysm. Additional stenting during first procedure was required in 7 (4%) patients, drug eluting balloon was needed in 56 (33%) patients. At 1-year follow-up, estimated freedom from occlusion and secondary patency was 70% and 80% respectively. Major amputation rate was 2.4%, minor amputation rate was 41.9%. In our experience, extreme revascularization in search of distal direct flow reduce the rate of amputations with an increase in ulcer healing. New materials and techniques such as drug eluting technology, used properly, can improve outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-23
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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