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- Received July 28, 1986
- Revision received September 23, 1986
- Accepted October 3, 1986
- Published online December 1, 1986.
- Timothy A. Sanborn, MD*,1,
- David P. Faxon, MD, FACC1,
- Mirle A. Kellett, MD, FACC1 and
- Thomas J. Ryan, MD, FACC1
- ↵*Address for reprints: Timothy A. Sanborn, MD, Cardiology Section, University Hospital, 75 East Newton Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118.
Percutaneous coronary laser thermal angioplasty was successfully performed before conventional balloon angioplasty in a 55 year old white man with a 90% left anterior descending artery stenotic lesion and angina at rest (Canadian Heart Association class IV). The lesion was reduced to 50% residual stenosis using a 1.7 mm laser-heated metallic capped fiber and two pulses of 8 W of argon laser energy, each delivered for 5 seconds. With subsequent balloon angioplasty, the lesion was further decreased to 10% residual stenosis. The entire procedure was well tolerated without chest pain or burning, vessel perforation or spasm, thrombus formation or embolization of debris. The patient was free of pain at 1 month follow-up.
This case demonstrates the feasibility of safely performing percutaneous coronary laser thermal angioplasty. Additional studies are indicated to determine the clinical role and potential benefits of coronary laser thermal angioplasty in relation to the established procedures of bypass surgery and conventional balloon angioplasty.
- Received July 28, 1986.
- Revision received September 23, 1986.
- Accepted October 3, 1986.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation