American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

V38N7: Vascular Surgery, Part II

Creager MA, Kaufman JA, Conte MS. Clinical practice. Acute limb ischemia. N Engl J Med. 2012;366(23):2198-2206.

Creager and coauthors provide a clear and concise review of diagnostic and treatment options for patients with acute limb ischemia.

Hiramoto JS, Owens CD, Kim JM, et al. Sex-based differences in the inflammatory profile of peripheral artery disease and the association with primary patency of lower extremity vein bypass grafts. J Vasc Surg. 2012;56(2):387-395.

This interesting study presents data on characteristics of the inflammatory process in patients with lower extremity vascular disease. Gender-specific differences were associated with failure of autogenous vein bypass operations.

Hong MS, Beck AW, Nelson PR. Emerging national trends in the management and outcomes of lower extremity peripheral arterial disease. Ann Vasc Surg. 2011;25(1):44-54.

Hong and coauthors provide data on trends in the use of open and endovascular approaches for patients with lower extremity vascular disease.

Murad MH, Shahrour A, Shah ND, et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials of carotid endarterectomy vs stenting. J Vasc Surg. 2011;53(3):792-797.

This carefully done meta-analysis provides guidance for clinicians seeking the most appropriate strategy for care of patients with carotid occlusive disease.

Newton WB, 3rd, Sagransky MJ, Andrews JS, et al. Outcomes of revascularized acute mesenteric ischemia in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Am Surg. 2011;77(7):832-838.

The authors present an analysis of data from a national risk-adjusted patient database. Outcomes of revascularization strategies for patients with acute mesenteric ischemia are reviewed.

Norgren L, Hiatt WR, Dormandy JA, et al. Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus on the Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease (TASC) guidelines. Free full-text

Practice guidelines for management of patients with lower extremity vascular occlusive disease.