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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2003 Jul-Aug;26(4):410-2.

Successful angioplasty of a superficial femoral artery stenosis caused by a suture-mediated closure device.

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Department of Radiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0030, USA.


We report the successful angioplasty of an acute arterial narrowing after suture-mediated closure (SMC) of a femoral arterial puncture. A 75-year-old woman underwent a cerebral arteriogram via a right common femoral artery puncture. The arteriotomy site was closed with a SMC device. Four days after placement the patient complained of pain in her right calf after walking. An arteriogram 7 days after SMC showed a severe focal stenosis at the origin of the superficial femoral artery involving the presumed puncture site. The lesion was successfully treated with balloon angioplasty. The patient at 6 months was asymptomatic.

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