Angiosome Specific Revascularisation: Does the Evidence Support It?

Amy L Stimpson, Nafi Dilaver, David C Bosanquet, Graeme K Ambler, Christopher P Twine

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To explain the angiosome concept and explore the practical application of the angiosome literature to a clinical scenario, in this case a tibial angioplasty for critical ischaemia.


Clinical vignette with explanation of the decisions made and subsequent clinical results based on the theory of the angiosome concept and the literature on angiosomal revascularisation; in this case the results of our group’s recent update to a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Endovascular combined or direct angiosomal revascularisation if superior to indirect revascularisation. This was borne out in the clinical scenario, where an indirect peroneal reperfusion of the AT angiosome resulted in major amputation. Open surgery is less dependent on the angiosome concept. The presence of adequate collateralisation into a foot arch seems to be the most important factor predicting success of indirect revascularisation. The evidence for both suffers from selection bias and many of the findings in the literature are wholly due to selection bias.


The angiosome concept is useful during both open and endovascular tibial revascularisation. However, the runoff in the foot is critical to success and may not follow the ‘classic’ angiosome model in diabetes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Early online date29 Aug 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Aug 2018


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