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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2008 June;49(3):329-40

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Excimer laser assisted angioplasty for complex infrainguinal peripheral artery disease: a 2008 update

Tan J. W. C., Yeo K. K., Laird J. R.

UC Davis Vascular Center University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, USA


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Conventional percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for complex or long segment infrainguinal occlusive arterial disease is limited by elastic recoil, dissection and restenosis, with high rates of intermediate and long term restenosis . Debulking with excimer laser has been advocated as a useful adjunctive strategy to improve procedural success and long term patency. This paper reviews the technological development of excimer laser, the studies supporting its use in infrainguinal arterial disease, effective and safe lasing techniques, its advantages, limitations and disadvantages. Case examples will be presented to illustrate its use in infrainguinal arterial disease. Although randomized controlled trials are lacking, existing registry and case series studies suggest efficacy of the excimer laser-assisted PTA for complex infrainguinal arterial disease, including patients with critical limb ischemia.

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