Critical Limb Ischemia

Diagnosis and Treatment: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Svante Horsch
  • Luc Claeys

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Epidemiology of critical limb ischemia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. C. Wautrecht, P. Lefebvre, C. Galle, G. Vincent, S. Motte, J. P. Dereume
      Pages 13-17
  3. Conservative management of critical limb ischemia

  4. Assessment of microcirculation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
  5. Angioplasty

  6. Angioplasty and combined procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. H. Nigbur, K. Ktenidis, L. Claeys, S. Horsch
      Pages 95-97
    3. L. De Kock, F. Ameye, J. De Roose, F. Vermassen
      Pages 99-103
    4. B. Steckmeier, A. Parzhuber, C. Reininger, F. A. Spengel, C. Wolfertz, G. Küffer et al.
      Pages 105-114
  7. Distal reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. D. Raithel
      Pages 135-140
    3. P. Müller, R. Rückert, K. Bürger, H. Scholz, U. Krünes
      Pages 141-149
    4. W. Hiemer, J. D. Gruß
      Pages 151-156
    5. Hans Schweiger, G. Weinzierl, W. Lang
      Pages 157-159
    6. H. Van Damme, E. Creemers, R. Limet
      Pages 175-183
    7. F. Vermassen, F. Vanden Brande, K. Eeckhout, J. De Roose
      Pages 185-190
    8. A. Nevelsteen, K. Van den Stock, H. Lacroix, R. Suy
      Pages 191-192
    9. D. De Leersnijder, M. van Betsbrugge, S. Huybrechts
      Pages 199-201
    10. H. Lacroix, A. Nevelsteen, L. Verheyen, L. Stockx, G. Wilms, R. Verhaeghe
      Pages 215-217
    11. K. Van Landuyt, S. Monstrey, G. Matton, F. Vermassen, J. De Roose
      Pages 219-223
    12. L. Claeys
      Pages 225-229

About these proceedings


Chronic critical limb ischemia remains one of the most frequent causes of illness and hospitalization in the western world. Interest in critical limb ischemia has increased markedly in recent years. There have been significant achievements in diagnostic pro­ cedures as well as in the medical, invasive, and surgical treatment of patients with critical limb ischemia. Despite a considerable research effort, the pathophysiological mechanisms of critical limb ischemia in humans remains to be established. Prominent is the increasing interest in the microcirculation, as well as in the hemorheological, hemostatic and inflammatory changes which may promote critical limb ischemia. Further research is necessary to quantify the relevance of microcirculatory in­ vestigations in terms of predicting the prognosis or to evaluate the effects of new therapies. Our main task is to offer the patient the best possible therapy in order to avoid limb loss and to improve quality of life. The various methods of treatment, their suc­ cess rates, and their complications, must be carefully evaluated and discussed. This volume presents the complex field of diagnosis and treatment of critical limb ischemia. The diagnosis and treatment involves different specialists including angio­ logists, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, diabeto­ logists, etc. Individual chapters have been written by Belgian and German experts in the various specialities, who present their own experience. We are very grateful that these experts have joined us to produce this book on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and rational therapy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Svante Horsch
    • 1
  • Luc Claeys
    • 1
  1. 1.Klinik für Allgemeinchirurgie — Gefäßchirurgie und TraumatologieKrankenhaus Porz am Rhein Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus der Universität zu KölnKölnGermany

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