Рентгенология & Радиология, 2011, XLХ 138-144

Angiographyc and intraoperative assessment of the blood flow in infrainguinal arterial reconstruction

М. Cheshmedzhiev, T. Velinov, M. Yordanov, E. Jordanov,N. Kovacheva

Abstract. The aim of this study is to define the practical application of the modified system for angiographic assessment of the run-off arteries after reconstruction below the inguinal ligament suggested by Schwierz T. 137 patients with infrainguinal arterial reconstructions were followed up for a period of 1 year. The blood volume was measured distally from the distal graft anastomosis by means of flow meter (VeriQ, Medistim, Oslo, Norway). The flowmetry was performed before and after a 5-minute Prostavasin or Ilomedin intragraft infusion, causing peripheral vasodilatation. The data was compared with the minimal expected debit which was assessed according to the Schwirz system. During the follow up period in the group of the non properly functioning bypasses we registered lack of coincidence in 37% between the preoperatively assessed and the intraoperatively measured minimal blood flow concerning the compromised bypasses. In the group of the properly functioning bypasses the lack of coincidence was only 6% probably due to subjective false assessment of minor collaterals. Taking into consideration the subjective pattern of the angiographic assessment system and the importance of the high quality angiographic imaging we believe that the preoperatively assessed expected blood flow is not applicable in means of long term prognosis but may be used as an additional indicator for the condition of the run-off arteries as well as the short term results of the operative treatment.