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Excimer laser catheter for pacing lead removal
Author(s): Christopher Reiser; Kevin D. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

A novel laser catheter design has been utilized to assist in the removal of chronically implanted pacing leads. The catheter, or 'laser sheath,' uses fiber optics to convey pulsed 308 nm light from a CVX-300 XeCl excimer laser to the distal tip of the catheter. As the catheter is threaded over an implanted pacing lead, into the patient's vasculature, lasing action can be used to cut through fibrotic adhesions that typically overgrow the lead, making lead removal difficult. In a randomized clinical trial, greater than 300 patients have been treated with the laser sheath, with no complications secondary to the use of the laser. Leads were totally removed in nearly all laser cases. Design features of the laser sheath that contribute to its clinical success are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2970, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VII, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275027
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Reiser, Spectranetics Corp. (United States)
Kevin D. Taylor, Spectranetics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2970:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VII
R. Rox Anderson; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lawrence S. Bass; Kenton W. Gregory; David M. Harris; Harvey Lui; Reza S. Malek; Gerhard J. Mueller; Michail M. Pankratov; Aaron P. Perlmutter; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lloyd P. Tate; Graham M. Watson; Harvey Lui; Lawrence S. Bass; R. Rox Anderson; David M. Harris; Michail M. Pankratov; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; Gerhard J. Mueller; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Graham M. Watson; Reza S. Malek; Aaron P. Perlmutter, Editor(s)

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