How is aortoiliac disease treated in patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Definitive treatment of hemodynamically significant aortoiliac disease usually takes the form of aortobifemoral bypass, which has a 5-year patency rate of approximately 90%. Those patients in whom PVD becomes significant, however, often have a plethora of comorbid medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which increase procedural morbidity and mortality. Axillobifemoral bypass and femorofemoral bypass are alternatives, both of which have lower 5-year patency rates but have lower procedural mortality.


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