The Pathologic Basis of Angioplasty

Castaneda-Zuniga, W. R.; Sibley, Richard; Amplatz, Kurt
April 1984
Angiology;Apr1984, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p195
Academic Journal
Traditionally it has been said that transluminal angioplasty increases lumen diameter by compression and remodeling of atheromatous material. Recently, a new concept explaining the mechanics of angioplasty was described1 which challenges the classic concept of Dotter.2 It was argued that arterial balloon dilatation is achieved by intimal disruption and overstretching of the arterial wall, not by remodeling of atheromatous material.


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