Atherectomy Prior to Drug-Eluting-Balloon Angioplasty in a Calcified Vessel

Marcin Kolber, Robert Lookstein

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Endovascular treatment options for peripheral arterial disease of the lower extremity include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, stent implantation, and atherectomy. Drug-eluting balloons (DEB) show promise in reducing long-Term restenosis and target lesion revascularization rates by limiting postprocedural neointimal hyperplasia. However, dense calcification is thought to act as a barrier to successful deposition of antiproliferative drug. Atherectomy prior to DEB angioplasty is one approach to reduce mural calcification and improve the efficacy of drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E6-E10
JournalVascular Disease Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • atherectomy
  • drug-eluting balloon angioplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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