Percutaneous management of emboli associated with hot tip laser-assisted angioplasty

Alan H. Matsumoto, Klemens H. Barth, George P. Teitelbaum

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We describe the percutaneous management of emboli that occurred in 3 patients during hot tip laser-assisted angioplasty procedures. One embolus was lysed with direct, local infusion of urokinase using an open-ended guidewire. Another embolus was removed using the transcatheter aspiration technique. The third embolus was partially lysed and then, using a steerable guidewire, displaced into a distal side branch. In all 3 cases of embolization, distal blood flow was reestablished using percutaneous techniques, obviating the need for surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalCardiovascular and interventional radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990


  • Catheter aspiration, thromboembolic
  • Catheter techniques, thrombolysis
  • Interventional angiography
  • Laser angioplasty, embolic complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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