Balloon-protected carotid angioplasty.

OBJECTIVE We describe a method of protecting the distal cerebral circulation during carotid angioplasty and report results using the technique in 17 procedures. METHODS Eleven men and five women with carotid stenoses ranging in severity from 70 to 95% underwent the procedure. The technique was used bilaterally in one patient. A compliant silicone balloon… CONTINUE READING