Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for total occlusion of middle cerebral arteries

Neuroradiology. 1997 Jan;39(1):71-4. doi: 10.1007/s002340050370.


Although it is controversial whether total occlusions of intracranial arteries can safely be opened by angioplasty, we treated six patients with total occlusions of the middle cerebral artery by percutaneous transluminal cerebral angioplasty (PTCBA) in the chronic stage after a stroke, on average 10 weeks. We successfully opened four total occlusions less than 3 months old, while two total occlusions more than 3 months old could not be opened. No complications occurred. Even in the chronic stage, PTCBA for total occlusion of intracranial arteries can be done safely.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Balloon*
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / etiology
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / therapy*
  • Brain Ischemia / complications
  • Cerebral Arteries* / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Infarction / complications
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography