Autoperfusion balloon catheter for treatment of vertebral artery stenosis
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Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of the vertebral artery was performed with an autoperfusion balloon catheter in five patients. There were no complications in the form of embolic episodes or neurological deficits due to brain ischaemia during inflation. In critical cases with insufficient collateral circulation during temporary occlusion, the use of an autoperfusion balloon catheter may expand the indications for PTA in patients with ischaemic cerebrovascular disease.
Key wordsPercutaneous transluminal angioplasty Autoperfusion balloon catheter Vertebral artery stenosis
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