Transluminal laser catheter angioplasty

Am J Cardiol. 1982 Dec;50(6):1206-8. doi: 10.1016/0002-9149(82)90449-0.


The first transluminal laser angioplasty in animals is reported herein. An Argon laser and a specialized coronary arterial catheter with a fiberoptic wave guide were used. Immediate histologic changes consisted of a moderate degree of intimal necrosis and some loss of elastic tissue. At 5 days the intima was repaired, but focal elastic tissue loss persisted.

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon / instrumentation*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / methods*
  • Animals
  • Aorta, Abdominal / pathology
  • Argon
  • Dogs
  • Femoral Artery / pathology
  • Fiber Optic Technology
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Rabbits
  • Thrombosis / therapy*


  • Argon