Treatment of symptomatic peripheral atherosclerotic disease with a rotational atherectomy device

Nadim M. Zacca, Albert E. Raizner, George P. Noon, David Short, Donald Weilbaecher, Antonio Gotto, Robert Roberts

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Narrowings 70 to 90% in diameter in 3 iliac, 4 superficial femoral and 2 popliteal arteries were crossed and atherectomized successfully in 6 patients using the Squibb RotablatorTM under angiographic guidance during surgical bypass procedures on these arteries. The Rotablator consists of a 1.25 to 4.5 mm diameter oblong burr with tiny diamond blades mounted on a flexible shaft, which tracks over a spring-tip guidewire and rotates at speeds > 120,000 rpm. All stenoses were reduced to ≤50% of the normal luminal diameter. No significant complications occurred. Of the 6 patients having the atherectomy procedure, 5 were reevaluated by duplex Doppler measurements 1.5 to 5.5 (mean 3.5) months after atherectomy and found to be patent with only mild residual flow disturbance. Repeat follow-up by angiography after a mean of 5.2 months, however, showed only 3 (37%) of the atherectomized segments in 3 patients to still be patent. All were symptomatically improved. Of the effluent particles analyzed, 90% were < 8 microns in size, while only 5% reached 250 microns. With improvements in technique, the largest particles were 150 to 180 microns, constituting only 1.4% of effluent debris. Samples of the effluent from 2 patients were injected in vivo into the left coronary system of 2 pigs. There were no acute hemodynamic or electrocardiographic complications or pathologic evidence of muscle necrosis or vascular thrombosis 18 to 48 hours later. These preliminary results with respect to feasibility and safety of the Rotablator are promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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