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Thrombolytic therapy in peripheral arterial disease.
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PMID:  15379617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The two main causes of peripheral arterial occlusion (PAO) are embolism and thrombosis. Surgical treatment of acute limb ischemia, because of related complications, has a 30-day mortality rate of 15% to 25%. Intra-arterial thrombolysis for lower extremity ischemia is a well-accepted and frequently used technique. It may offer definitive treatment without the need for major surgery in a significant series of patients with acute occlusion of a native leg artery or a by-pass graft. Thrombolysis can offer several potential advantages when compared with surgical therapy. Thrombolytic agents include streptokinase (SK), urokinase (UK), pro-UK and recombinant tissue plasminogen activators (rt-PA-Alteplase and r-PA-Reteplase). All these agents induce a systemic fibrinolytic state. Three prospective randomized trials, ROCHESTER, STILE, and TOPAS, which compared thrombolytic therapy with traditional surgical revascularization for lower limb ischemia, have recently been published. They suggest that thrombolysis, as an initial therapy, reduces the risk of subsequent surgery and improves limb salvage for patients with PAO. Using this approach, the underlying lesions can be identified and treated by transluminal balloon angioplasty or stenting, or by elective surgical revascularization. However, severe bleeding is still a non rare complication of intra-arterial thrombolysis and the risk of intracranial hemorrhage is 1-2%.
D Giannini; A Balbarini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current drug targets. Cardiovascular & haematological disorders     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1568-0061     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Drug Targets Cardiovasc Haematol Disord     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-21     Completed Date:  2005-03-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101123341     Medline TA:  Curr Drug Targets Cardiovasc Haematol Disord     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  249-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiac and Thoracic Department, Unit of Angiology, University of Pisa, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Arterial Occlusive Diseases / drug therapy*,  etiology
Fibrinolytic Agents / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Foot / blood supply
Ischemia / drug therapy,  etiology,  surgery
Leg / blood supply
Peripheral Vascular Diseases / drug therapy*,  etiology
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Thromboembolism / complications,  drug therapy
Thrombolytic Therapy* / adverse effects
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0/Fibrinolytic Agents

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