Rotational ablation of coronary artery lesions using single, large burrs

N. M. Zacca, N. S. Kleiman, A. R. Rodriguez, J. Heibig, D. Warth, S. Harris, S. T. Minor, A. E. Raizner

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Previous clinical use of the Rotablator® in coronary artery disease has involved a sequential increase in burr sizes up to 2 mm in diameter and has often utilized balloon adjunct to achieve an optimal result. We report our experience and describe our technique using a single, large burr (2.25, 2.5, or 2.75 mm diameter) without balloon assistance. The burr size was selected to approximate 70-90 percent of the apparent normal lumen diameter. Thirty- one patients with 36 lesions of complex morphology (eccentric, irregular, calcified, ulcerated, at bends, at bifurcations, completely occluded, as well as balloon failures) were successfully treated with the Rotablator®. Results were assessed by computerized quantitative angiography. The percent diameter stenosis (mean ± SD) for the group was reduced from 69.8 ± 11.3% to 30.9 ± 10% (p < 0.001). The mean absolute diameter stenosis increased from 0.9 ± 0.3 mm to 2.2 ± 0.3 mm (p < 0.001). Angiographically visible dissections were seen in 4 patients and were uncomplicated in 2. One patient had a non-Q- wave myocardial infarction. A fourth patient had a presumed acute occlusion 36 hr after the procedure, necessitating emergency bypass surgery, but without Q waves on the electrocardiogram or wall-motion abnormalities on the echocardiogram. Nitroglycerin was infused through the Rotablator® catheter and has considerably lowered the degree and frequency of spasm. No other acute complications occurred. The mean procedure time using a single burr was shorter than when multiple burrs were used: 56.5 vs. 97.3 min, respectively (p < 0.05). The use of a single, large-size Rotablator® burr is an effective method of treating complex coronary stenoses without balloon assistance and has an encouragingly low complication rate and short procedure time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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