The Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance to Cook Medical for
its Evolution Duodenal Controlled-Release stent. This new stent expands palliative
care options for patients experiencing issues associated with malignant gastric outlet
obstruction, a late stage complication of a variety of gastrointestinal related cancers with
pancreatic cancer being the most common cause.
Endovenous laser ablation is as effective as surgery in the treatment of small saphenous
vein incompetence, but associated with less periprocedural pain, faster recovery and
fewer neural complications, according to a new randomised controlled trial.
Results of a study investigating the use of a drug-eluting balloon for below-the-knee
revascularisation were presented at the TCT symposium in San Francisco in November.
The preliminary results show that a paclitaxel-eluting balloon seems to provide better
results in terms of 12-month restenosis and re-occlusion compared to conventional
Researchers from Norway have found that additional treatment with catheter-directed
thrombolysis (CDT), when compared to standard treatment of oral anticoagulation
therapy and elastic compression stockings, reduces the risk of post-thrombotic
syndrome (PTS) in patients who suffer from deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) in their lower
A study first published online on 12 September in the Journal of Interventional
Cardiology suggests that endovascular treatment of diabetic foot syndrome using mixed
coronary and peripheral materials and techniques leads to high immediate success and
limb salvage rates compared to historical series.
New data from four studies released recently show promising results for stents and stent
grafts in the superficial femoral artery.
Karel Bakker, Heemstede, The Netherlands, chair of the International Working Group
on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) and of the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetic
Foot Programme shares the importance of the 2011 Practical and Specific Guidelines on
the Management and Prevention of the Diabetic Foot.
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