What is aortic occlusive disease?

Dr. Brian G. Derubertis, MD
Vascular Surgeon

There are two main types of aortic occlusive disease. One type is vasculitis, which is an inflammatory process that causes blocks in the branches of the aorta. The other type is atherosclerotic disease, which is caused by a buildup of plaque, and is also known as hardening of the arteries.

Atherosclerotic occlusive disease is the primary type of aortic occlusive disease, and this has traditionally been treated with either open bypass surgery or some other type of open surgery to revascularize these branches. Currently, balloons and stents are used in a minimally invasive way to treat this disease.

Aortic occlusive disease (PAD and PVD) is the build up of plaque in the aorta and the two branches that lead from the aorta into the legs.

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