Using Drug-Eluting Balloons for Carotid In-Stent Restenosis Shows Promising Results

Published date : 20 February 2013
Article date : 20 February 2013


Vascular News reports that two studies published in the Journal of Endovascular Therapy have concluded that the use of drug-eluting balloons to treat in-stent restenosis after carotid artery stenting shows promising preliminary results. The investigations describe, for the first time, the off-label utilisation of drug-eluting balloons for treatment of extracranial carotid in-stent restenosis.

The first paper reports on midterm results of three cases in which drug-eluting balloons were successfully used for the management of carotid in-stent restenosis. In the second, investigators wrote that, among 830 consecutive patients undergoing carotid artery stenting between November 2001 and June 2012, less than 80% in-stent restenosis occurred in 10 asymptomatic patients. 

Source: Vascular News, 14 Feburary 2013 

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