Histologic appearance of transmyocardial laser channels after 4 1/2 weeks

Ann Thorac Surg. 1996 May;61(5):1532-4; discussion 1534-5. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(96)00090-2.


Preliminary results of clinical studies suggest that transmyocardial laser revascularization is an effective treatment for patients with chronic angina that cannot be treated by other means. The mechanism of this effect remains controversial. We present autopsy results from a patient obtained 4 1/2 weeks after operation that show that the channels do not maintain patency. Further work is needed to determine the frequency of channel patency and its relation to clinical benefit.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angina Pectoris / surgery*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Male
  • Myocardial Revascularization / methods*
  • Myocardium / pathology*
  • Treatment Failure
  • Vascular Patency