Balloon angioplasty for native coarctation of the aorta

J Interv Cardiol. 1995 Oct;8(5):487-508. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8183.1995.tb00578.x.


Balloon angioplasty of native coarctations of the aorta is one of the most controversial facets of the pediatric interventional cardiologist's practice. We have evaluated the history and experimental rationale of this technology. Presently accepted techniques are outlined and controversies intrinsic in performance of this procedure are discussed. Acute, short-term, and long-term results are reviewed with particular emphasis on differences in success of the procedure as related to patient age. Common and significant complications are discussed and in some cases compared to analogous surgical complications. Newer technologies and approaches to interventional therapy for coarctation of the aorta are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / adverse effects
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / methods*
  • Aortic Coarctation / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Coarctation / pathology
  • Aortic Coarctation / therapy*
  • Child
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Radiography
  • Recurrence