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Vasa. 2013 Mar;42(2):127-33. doi: 10.1024/0301-1526/a000256.

Rotational and aspiration atherectomy for infrainguinal in-stent restenosis.

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Herzzentrum Bad Krozingen, Bad Krozingen, Germany.



To report feasibility and safety of the Pathway PV™ Atherectomy System during percutaneous peripheral vascular interventions of in-stent restenosis.


33 patients (66.7 % men; mean age 68.7 years; 39.4 % diabetics) with symptomatic infrainguinal in-stent restenosis were enrolled at 5 study sites. Primary study endpoint was the 30-day serious adverse event (SAE) rate. At one study site a subgroup of 13 patients was scheduled for additional follow-up examinations with duplex.


Forty lesions with a mean lesion length of 85.7 mm (range 6 - 370 mm) were treated including total occlusions (20 %) and infrapopliteal lesions (5 %). In sixteen target lesions (40 %) procedural success was reached with atherectomy alone, 23 lesions (57.5 %) received adjunctive percutaneous transluminal angioplasty to obtain a sufficient angiographic result. Freedom from device-related SAEs was 100 %. Overall there were 11 unexpected adverse events in 11 patients, two of which were serious (retroperitoneal bleeding and access site infection). The ankle-brachial index increased significantly from 0.65 ± 0.13 at baseline to 0.82 ± 0.15 at 30 days. Mean Rutherford category improved from 2.8 ± 0.7 at baseline to 1.0 ± 1.2. In the subgroup with longer follow- up primary patency was 33 % after 12 months and 25 % after 24 months. Secondary patency was 92 % after 12 and 24 months.


The use of the Pathway PV™ System during percutaneous peripheral vascular interventions of in-stent restenosis appears to be feasible and safe but does not seem to offer a sustainable solution regarding long term patency. A combination with drug eluting balloon angioplasty could be an interesting option and should be evaluated in further clinical trials.

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