Proceedings PaperTransluminal laser angioplasty
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Twenty seven patients with femoral artery occlusion were treated by transluminal Nd:YAG laser angioplasty, in 16 patients the procedure was combined with intraarterial infusion of rTPA (actilyse-Boehringer Ing). In 5 out of 11 patients from the initial group recanalization was not successful. In 16 patients from the rTPA group satisfactory immediate results were achieved in all cases. In long time observations ranging from 9 to 24 months all patients remained free from symptoms, although in 4 of them angiography and Doppler ultrasound examination reveal no flow in the femoral artery. In the remaining 12 patients (75%), the previously occluded artery is patent. No complications of laser angioplasty nor intraarterial infusion of rTPA were noted in this series.