Holmium:Yag laser‐assisted coronary angioplasty with multifiber delivery catheters

Christopher J. White, Stephen R. Ramee, Tyrone J. Collins, Juan E. Mesa, Joseph P. Murgo

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Mid‐infrared lasers are attractive for coronary angioplasty based upon their excellent fiberoptic transmission and enhanced tissue absorption. Using a solid‐state, mid‐infrared holmium:YAG laser with prototype multifiber laser delivery catheters, we performed coronary laser angioplasty with or without adjunctive balloon angioplasty or directional atherectomy in 14 patients with 17 stenoses. Procedural laser success was obtained in 13/14 (93%) patients and 16/17 (94%) lesions; however clinical success was achieved in 9/14 (64%) patients and 12/17 (71%) stenoses. Angiographic restenosis at 4.6 ± 1.6 months was found in 5/8 (63%) patients. We achieved an excellent procedural laser success rate in patients with generally unfavorable angioplasty anatomy. However, our clinical success rate was not different from that expected with conventional angioplasty alone. The holmium laser remains an attractive energy source for laser angioplasty; but as is the case for all coronary laser systems, its utility as a stand‐alone therapy is limited by catheters which create small channels. In this small group, we could demonstrate no clinical benefit for laser‐assisted angioplasty in complex coronary lesions. Our results suggest that a randomized trial comparing laser‐assisted angioplasty and conventional angioplasty be performed to determine the clinical benefits of this more expensive therapy.© 1992 Wlley‐Liss, Inc

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • PTCA
  • fiberoptic transmission
  • infrared

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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