The vasa vasorum and angioplasty

A. H. Cragg, S. Einzig, J. A. Rysavy, W. R. Castaneda-Zuniga, B. Borgwardt, K. Amplatz

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Interruption of flow in the vasa vasorum may lead to medial necrosis and aneurysm formation. The purpose of this study was to determine whether angioplasty produces significant alterations in the morphology or blood flow of the vasa vasorum of the dilated artery. The morphology of the canine vasa vasorum was studied before and after angioplasty; in a separate experiment vessel wall blood flow (VWBF) in canine carotid artereis was measured after angioplasty to determine whether physiologic regulation of the blood flow was disrupted by arterial dilation. No morphologic changes could be demonstrated in the vasa vasorum of the dilated artery; however, VWBF was increased by 1194 ± 215% (mean ± standard error, p < 0.01) between 90 and 120 minutes after angioplasty. VWBF in the adjacent nondilated arterial segment was also increased (720 ± 177% between 10-30 minutes, p < 0.01) but returned toward normal after 60 minutes. Adenosine caused a 'paradoxical' decrease in VWBF (p < 0.05) of the dilated arterial segment while causing increased VWBF (p < 0.05) in the thoracic aorta. Angioplasty appears to produce persistent hyperemia in the dilated arterial wall. A paradoxical response to adenosine suggests that vasa vasorum in the dilated arterial segment are maximally vasodilated. This may be due to mechanical disruption of vasomotor tone or to release of vasoactive substances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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