Bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty did not differ for amputation-free survival in severe limb ischemia: COMMENTARY

Legemate, Dink A.
May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p69
Academic Journal
The article presents comments of the author on a study, conducted by researcher D.J. Adam and colleagues, which found that bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty did not differ for amputation-free survival in severe limb ischemia. The well-designed BASIL trial provides evidence that in suitable patients, both treatments are equally effective. The trial had a pragmatic design: Patients were eligible for inclusion if both the vascular surgeon and the radiologist determined they could be treated either by surgery or angioplasty.


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