Direct argon laser exposure for recanalization of peripheral arteries: Early results

L. A. Nordstrom, W. R. Castaneda-Zuniga, E. G. Young, K. B. Von Seggern

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Direct laser light, in combination with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), was used to recanalize atherosclerotic peripheral arteries. Argon laser energy was controlled with an optical assembly and aligned with a special centering/dilation balloon so that plaque tissue absorbed laser energy directly and was vaporized. A channel was thereby created with multiple 10-W laser exposures (2-10 seconds), and conventional angioplasty was then performed. Recanalization was achieved in 33 of 36 procedures (92%), in 23 femoropopliteal (mean length, 9 cm) and three iliac total occlusions and ten femoropopliteal high-grade stenoses, with the three failures occurring in the first group. Complications included two emboli, six moderate groin hematomas, and one laser perforation. While these results are preliminary (mean follow-up, 3 months), direct laser angioplasty appears to be a useful adjunct to PTA for treating atherosclerotic arteries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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