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The relationship between the delayed improvement in ankle-brachial pressure index and changes in limb volume following balloon angioplasty for leg ischaemia.
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PMID:  9314853     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between changes in the ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) and simultaneous changes in calf volume following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for chronic leg ischaemia. MATERIALS: A total of 37 consecutive patients undergoing PTA for chronic leg ischaemia. METHODS: Bilateral calf volume, as calculated from girth measurements, and ABPI were determined before PTA, and repeated 24 h and 1 week following the procedure. Changes in the calf volume of the treated leg, both absolute and relative to changes of the non-treated leg, were then related to simultaneous changes in ABPI. RESULTS: Twenty-four hours following PTA, the calf volumes of both legs were decreased, although the ratio of the treated: untreated leg had increased by 2.4% (CI + 1.1-3.7, p < 0.01). After 1 week there was no difference in calf volume. These patterns were observed both in the 21 patients who had ABPI improvement of 0.15 or more 1 week following PTA, and in the 16 whose ABPI was unchanged. In the former group ABPI improved by a further 0.13 between 24 h and 1 week following PTA (p < 0.05), but there was no relationship between this delayed ABPI increase and simultaneous changes in calf volume. CONCLUSIONS: We did not detect any significant calf swelling following PTA. Furthermore, changes in ABPI were not related to changes in calf volume.
S A Ray; T M Buckenham; A M Belli; R S Taylor; J A Dormandy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1078-5884     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-22     Completed Date:  1997-10-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  114-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, U.K.
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MeSH Terms
Angioplasty, Balloon*
Ankle / blood supply*
Blood Pressure*
Blood Pressure Determination / instrumentation,  methods
Brachial Artery / physiology*
Chronic Disease
Ischemia / physiopathology*,  therapy
Leg / blood supply*
Time Factors

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