When is surgical consultation indicated for acute limb ischemia associated with peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Early surgical consultation in patients with acute limb ischemia is prudent. Depending on the case, the surgeon may involve interventional radiology or proceed operatively. Emboli may be treated successfully by Fogarty catheter (ie, an intravascular catheter with a balloon at the tip). The balloon is passed distal to the lesion; the balloon is inflated, and the catheter is withdrawn along with the embolus. This technique most commonly is used for iliac, femoral, or popliteal emboli.

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