15 completely occluded iliac arteries (five cases over 10 cm, 8 cases between 5 and 10 cm and two cases below 5 cm) were reviewed for their interventional management, technical results and complications. The procedure was successful in 14 of 15 cases (93%). In six cases we performed local thrombolysis before PTA. In the patient group with 'only PTA' the treatment had to be abandoned in one case because of the risk of embolism. Two patients suffered from a distal embolism of the same side and one patient from an ipsi- and contralateral embolism. A stent implantation was necessary in one patient. In the group of patients with prior local thrombolysis there was no complication nor was there an indication for a stent-implantation. Hence, we conclude that a primary local lysis with a consecutive PTA is an appropriate treatment of complete long occlusions of the iliac artery. (orig.).