Excimer laser coronary angioplasty in the Netherlands: preamble for a randomized study
The immediate outcome of ELCA by XeCl excimer laser radiation is described in 53 patients who were selected to undergo ELCA from December 1990 to September 1991 in two centers that are currently performing ELCA in the Netherlands. Immediate success rates on the basis of visual assessment of the angiogram were as follows. Laser success (> 20% reduction of diameter stenosis after ELCA alone) was observed in 77% of patients, procedural success (< 50% residual stenosis after ELCA with or without adjunctive balloon dilatation [PTCA]) in 91%, and clinical success (procedural success without clinical complications) in 83% of patients. Quantitative coronary angiography by automated contour detection was performed in 31 patients who underwent ELCA in the Thoraxcenter. The minimal luminal diameter (mean +/- SD) of the treated coronary segments increased from 0.77 +/- 0.41 mm to 1.24 +/- 0.25 mm after ELCA and further to 1.67 +/- 0.29 mm after adjunctive PTCA in 25 patients. The present experience is put in perspective of results initially reported by other centers and compared with data from multicenter registries of ELCA. Finally, a short description is given of the design of a prospective, randomized trial of ELCA versus conventional PTCA (AMRO trial).
|Keywords||*Angioplasty, Balloon, Laser-Assisted/statistics & numerical data, *Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary/statistics & numerical, Coronary Disease/epidemiology/*surgery, Female, Human, Male, Middle Aged, Netherlands/epidemiology, Prospective Studies, Registries, Research Design, Treatment Outcome, data|
Strikwerda, S., Koolen, J.J., de Feyter, P.J., Sprangers, R.L.H., Tijssen, J.G.P., & Serruys, P.W.J.C.. (1993). Excimer laser coronary angioplasty in the Netherlands: preamble for a randomized study. American Heart Journal, 125(3), 838–847. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/4508