Angioplasty of occluded coronary arteries: Use of thin shaft balloon over-the-wire system without pre-dilatation

Ian Gilchrist, B. S. Clemson

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A retrospective review was done on 13 consecutive patients who underwent PTCA of totally occluded coronary arteries using a recently released thin shaft balloon over-the-wire angioplasty system. Balloon size was determined by the closest fit to the arterial size and used without predilatation techniques. This technique was initially successful in 12 patients with only 2 clinically insignificant episodes of distal embolization and one probable early reclosure. Using thin shaft angioplasty systems, balloon dilatation of totally occluded coronary arteries can be done safely with a single balloon in many cases resulting in simplified procedures and economic benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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