Is the length of follow-up evaluation in published reports on the treatment of infrainguinal occlusive disease decreasing?

Nicholas J. Gargiulo, David J. O'Connor, Jeffrey E. Indes, Elyssa Feinberg, Evan C. Lipsitz, William D. Suggs

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Background: There is increasing pressure for the rapid development and implementation of new techniques and procedures. This study examined whether or not there has been a trend toward increasingly short follow-up times for studies evaluating the treatment of lower-extremity occlusive disease. Methods: A search was performed of PubMed using the term "femoropopliteal occlusive disease" from 1976 to 2006. Reports describing the open and/or endovascular treatment of femoropopliteal occlusive disease were classified according to the number of patients, method of treatment, and follow-up time. Results: A total of 103 of the 435 reports met the inclusion criteria. Average follow-up times from 1976 to 1986 were a mean of 43.3 months and a median of 38.8 months, from 1986 to 1996 were a mean of 32.4 months and a median of 16.9 months, from 1996 to 2006 were a mean of 22.6 months and a median of 16.5 months. Conclusions: The number of reports on femoropopliteal occlusive disease treatment has increased. The length of follow-up period was 2- to 3-fold longer for reports on open procedures compared with those on endovascular procedures. Whether length of follow-up evaluation and reporting intervals should be standardized warrants further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2011



  • Femoropopliteal
  • Follow-up period

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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