Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is a commonly used endovascular intervention for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI) and can be followed by stents within the same procedure, especially if a dissection occurs. Stents may introduce new complications and limit options for retreatment. To prevent some of these complications, drug-coated balloons (DCBs) have been introduced. POBA (plain old balloon angioplasty) and DCB therapies are effective, but dissections are a frequent and known problem associated with both.
Why? Because untreated dissections may cause acute occlusion and/or thrombus and can negatively affect long-term outcomes.
For informational purposes only. You should always consult with your doctor when seeking medical advice or considering treatment.
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