Rheolytic thrombectomy in the management of limb ischemia: 30-day results from a multicenter registry

J Endovasc Ther. 2002 Aug;9(4):395-402. doi: 10.1177/152660280200900402.


Purpose: To evaluate the use of rheolytic thrombectomy (RT) with the AngioJet catheter for treatment of lower extremity ischemia due to arterial/graft thrombotic occlusion.

Methods: A retrospective multicenter review was performed of 99 consecutive patients (52 men; mean age 67 +/- 13 years, range 30-90) who underwent RT for thrombotic occlusions in native arteries (n=80) or bypass grafts (n=19). Pre- and postprocedural limb ischemia and in-hospital events were evaluated. Amputation and mortality rates at 30 days were determined.

Results: The majority of patients (78.8%) presented within 14 days of symptom onset. RT resulted in substantial to complete thrombus removal in 70 (70.7%) patients and partial in 22 (22.2%); there was no angiographic change in 7 (7.1%). Adjunctive post RT thrombolysis was used in 37 patients. Underlying stenoses found in 81 limbs were treated with one or more of the following procedures: balloon angioplasty (n=62), stenting (n=35), or nonemergent surgical revision (n=5). In-hospital complications included 2 major amputations, 5 cases of minor tissue loss, 7 rethromboses, and 3 cases of transient renal insufficiency. Four (4.0% patients died in-hospital; the 95 surviving patients all had viable limbs at discharge. Mortality and amputation rates at 30 days were 7.1% and 4.0%, respectively.

Conclusions: Percutaneous treatment of thrombotic occlusions with RT, followed by definitive treatment of the underlying stenosis, is a promising therapeutic option for patients with limb-threatening ischemia.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / surgery*
  • Leg / blood supply
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rheology
  • Thrombectomy* / methods
  • Thrombosis / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome