Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the vertebral arteries

Radiology. 1981 Jun;139(3):715-7. doi: 10.1148/radiology.139.3.7232739.


Dilatation of stenosis at the origin of the vertebral artery, using a Grüntzig balloon catheter, was attempted in 5 selected patients and was successful in 4. Two patients had isolated vertebral artery disease without significant carotid occlusive disease, while the other 3 also had ulcerated carotid plaques. All patients had classical vertebral basilar insufficiency and were being considered for reconstructive surgery; however, dilatation alleviated the symptoms and made surgery unnecessary. No complications were encountered. At 1-18 months, all patients remain free of symptoms. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is a feasible means of treating stenosis of the origin of the vertebral artery in carefully selected cases.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / complications
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / therapy*
  • Catheterization
  • Dilatation*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vertebral Artery*
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency / etiology