What is Restenosis?

Restenosis literally means the ''re''occurrence of ''stenosis'', a narrowing of a blood vessel, leading to restricted blood flow. Restenosis usually pertains to an artery or other large blood vessel that has become narrowed, received treatment to clear the blockage and subsequently become renarrowed.

This is usually restenosis of an artery, or other blood vessel, or possibly a vessel within an organ.

This term is common in vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, and angioplasty, all branches of medicine that frequently treat narrowing of blood vessels.

It can be defined as a reduction in the circumference of the lumen of 50% or more, and had a high incidence rate (25-50%) in patients who had undergone balloon angioplasty, with the majority of patients needing further angioplasty within 6 months.

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