Annals of Vascular Surgery, Vol.570() : e1-270.e5, 2018
Flush ostial occlusion of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) is challenging for endovascular treatment. Neither ipsilateral nor contralateral access is easy. The drawback of ipsilateral common femoral artery (CFA) access is that the CFA is too short for catheter manipulation and sheath engagement. Contralateral retrograde CFA access could have merit, but it has the drawback of poor pushability and torquability in the manipulation of devices. The most challenging part of flush ostial occlusion is the difficulty of wire engagement into the SFA orifice. We describe a case of successful treatment of a flush-occluded long SFA lesion using ultrasound-guided direct ipsilateral ostial access.