oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Rather anaesthetise a patient with CABG than a stent : refresher course

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Andreas Gruentzig performs the first successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). However, widespread use is limited by two major complications - acute vessel closure during or immediately after procedure, and restenosis of the vessel due to elastic recoil, smooth muscle proliferation and neointimal hyperplasia.

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