Results of Animal Experiments With Balloon Dilatation
We have recently described a new concept, based on animal and human cadaver studies, which suggests that intimai disruption and medial stretching rather than remodeling or compression of atherosclerotic plaques represent the probable mechanism for increase in the diameter of the lumen after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) [1, 2]. Similar findings have been reported by other authors, although some of them do not exclude plaque compression and mention the possibility of desquamation of superficial plaque elements [3–6].
KeywordsAtherosclerotic Plaque Balloon Inflation Internal Elastic Lamina Rabbit Aorta Balloon Size
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