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Tools & Techniques: Above the knee angioplasty by transradial access

EuroIntervention 2012;7:1118-1119. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV7I9A177

UO Cardiologia, Ospedale “Campo di Marte”, Lucca, Italy
Background

Above the knee (ATK) angioplasty is usually performed via transfemoral access employing the crossover technique. When, occasionally, the crossover approach cannot be pursued due to anatomic constraints, the transbrachial access has been used as an alternative. However, transbrachial access is associated with frequent complications, especially when used by operators not familiar with this approach.

Transradial access (TRA) is being increasingly employed for percutaneous coronary interventions. Until now, angioplasty on ATK arteries by TRA has been limited by the inadequate length of available devices, though recently, longer devices have become available. The aim of this paper is to ...

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