An Update on Methods for Revascularization and Expansion of the TASC Lesion Classification to Include Below-the-Knee Arteries: A Supplement to the Inter-Society Consensus for the Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease (TASC II)

Vasc Med. 2015 Oct;20(5):465-78. doi: 10.1177/1358863X15597877. Epub 2015 Aug 12.


The Inter-Society Consensus for the Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease (TASC) guidelines were last updated in 2007 (TASC II) and represented the collaboration of international vascular specialties involved in the management of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Since the publication of TASC II, there have been innovations in endovascular revascularization strategies for patients with PAD. The intent of this publication is to provide a complete anatomic lower limb TASC lesion classification, including the infrapopliteal segment, and an updated literature review of new endovascular techniques and practice patterns employed by vascular specialists today.

Keywords: angioplasty; arteries; claudication; critical limb ischemia; occlusion; peripheral artery disease; revascularization; stenosis; stents; surgery.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Endovascular Procedures*
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / surgery*
  • Lower Extremity / blood supply
  • Lower Extremity / surgery*
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease / surgery*
  • Popliteal Artery / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome