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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Revascularization is the process of restoring the functionality of an affected organ. The term derives from the prefix re-, in this case meaning "restoration" and vasculature, which refers to the circulatory structures of an organ.

Diagnosis

Revascularization involves a thorough analysis and diagnosis and treatment of the existing diseased vasculature of the affected organ, and can be aided by the use of different imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging, pet scan, CT scan, and X ray fluoroscopy.

This is a concept important in the subdisciplines of biomedicine which are concerned with the rehabilitation of important organs, such as the heart, liver, and lungs.

The term revascularization is also used in conjunction with other medical terms such as angioplasty, cardiac, and myocardial to denote specific forms of revascularization techniques.

Treatment

Treatment for gangrene often requires revascularization, if possible. The surgery is also indicated to repair ischemia (inadequate tissue perfusion) in some forms of chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers (Gottrup, 2004).

Reference

  • Gottrup F. 2004. A specialized wound-healing center concept: importance of a multidisciplinary department structure and surgical treatment facilities in the treatment of chronic wounds. The American Journal of Surgery, Volume 187, Issue 5, Supplement 1, Pages S38-S43.




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