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Changing profile of excimer laser coronary angioplasty: refinements in catheters
Author(s): John A. Bittl M.D.
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Paper Abstract

During more than five years of investigation with excimer laser angioplasty, several changes have been made in patient selection and laser catheters. It is unclear, however, whether these changes have improved the outcome of excimer laser angioplasty. A total of 2041 patients underwent treatment with excimer laser coronary angioplasty for 2324 lesions with clinical success in 89%, ischemic complications in 7.5%, and vessel perforation in 2.1%. When the entire 5-year period of investigation was divided into four discrete phases, as defined by the successive release of improved laser catheters (prototype, flexible, extremely flexible, and eccentric), clinical success was seen to improve from 86% to 95% (p<0.001) despite the increased incidence of advanced age (pequals0.01) and unstable angina (p<0.001). Multivariable analysis identified improved laser catheters, saphenous vein graft lesions, and unclarified stenoses as predictors of favorable outcome. Operator experience was associated with decreased complications. Reduced catheter size relative to vessel size was associated with decreased risk of vessel perforation. Thus, refinements in patient selection and in laser technique have been associated with enhanced safety and efficacy of excimer laser angioplasty.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2130, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiovascular Interventions IV, (12 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179916
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John A. Bittl M.D., Harvard Medical School (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2130:
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiovascular Interventions IV
George S. Abela M.D., Editor(s)

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