Rotational atherectomy for bifurcation lesions of the coronary circulation: Technique and initial experience

Charanjit S. Rihal, Kirk N. Garratt, David R. Holmes

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Abstract

Bifurcation lesions of the coronary circulation are difficult to treat with standard balloon technology and are associated with relatively low procedural success rates and high complication rates. We hypothesized that effective debulking of bifurcation lesions with rotational atherectomy would improve observed results. Fifteen patients underwent rotational atherectomy of such lesions. Both limbs of the bifurcation were rotablated in seven patients and one limb in eight; seven patients also underwent stent deployment. Successful angiographic results were obtained in all limbs (<30% residual stenoses). One patient had a non-Q-wave myocardial infarction. No other significant complications occurred. We conclude that rotablation of bifurcation coronary stenoses is feasible, safe, and associated with a high likelihood of angiographic success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998

Keywords

  • Atherectomy
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery
  • Disease
  • Technique
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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