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International Journal of Cardiovascular ResearchISSN: 2324-8602

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Case Report,  Int J Cardiovasc Res Vol: 4 Issue: 3

Excimer Laser Angioplasty in Calcified Coronary Lesions: Evidence of Calcium Ablation by Optical Coherence Tomography

Baskaran Chandrasekar*, Mohammad Al Mutairi and Khaled Al Merri
Cardiac Cath lab, Kuwait Heart Center - Chest Diseases Hospital, Kuwait
Corresponding author : Chandrasekar B
Cardiac Cath lab, Kuwait Heart Center - Chest Diseases Hospital, Jamal Abdul Nasser Street, Shuwaikh, Kuwait
Tel: +96524817987; Fax: 96524823721
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 27, 2014 Accepted: April 25, 2015 Published: April 27, 2015
Citation: Chandrasekar B, Mutairi MAl, Merri KAl (2015) Excimer Laser Angioplasty in Calcified Coronary Lesions: Evidence of Calcium Ablation by Optical Coherence Tomography. Int J Cardiovasc Res 4:3 doi:10.4172/2324-8602.1000211

Abstract

 Excimer Laser Angioplasty in Calcified Coronary Lesions: Evidence of Calcium Ablation by Optical Coherence Tomography

During percutaneous coronary revascularization, calcified lesions can prove resistant to balloon expansion and cause stent underexpansion. We report on a patient with a calcified resistant lesion in whom adjunctive therapy with excimer laser enabled successful expansion of the stent. We document in this report using optical coherence tomography imaging, the calcium ablator effects of excimer laser, an effect which has not been demonstrated thus far, to our knowledge.

Keywords: Drug-eluting stent; Stent under-expansion; Intravascular imaging

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