percutaneous transluminal angioplasty


percutaneous transluminal angioplasty

noun

Definition of PERCUTANEOUS TRANSLUMINAL ANGIOPLASTY

: a surgical procedure used to enlarge the lumen of a partly occluded blood vessel (as one with atherosclerotic plaques on the walls) by passing a balloon catheter through the skin, into the vessel, and through the vessel to the site of the lesion where the tip of the catheter is inflated to expand the lumen of the vessel

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