Effects of altering infusion parameters on intimal hyperplasia following local catheter-based delivery into the rabbit iliac artery


      Background: Efficient local gene or drug therapy requires optimized application modalities to avoid vessel damage, which might lead to increased neointimal hyperplasia. Aim of the study was to evaluate different application parameters for local delivery using the channeled balloon catheter in order to minimize vessel trauma induced by local application. Methods and results: Sixty cholesterol fed rabbits were randomly enrolled into twelve groups of different local application parameters: group I, application pressure 2 atm/application volume 1 ml physiologic saline; group II, 2 atm/2 ml; group III, 2 atm/5 ml; group IV, 4 atm/1 ml; group V, 4 atm/2 ml; group VI, 4 atm/5 ml. The other six groups received Ringer’s solution instead of saline. Administration of the solution was randomly performed in one iliac artery using the channeled balloon catheter with simultaneous balloon angioplasty (8 atm). The contralateral iliac artery served as a control and was treated with balloon angioplasty only. Four weeks after local therapy, calibrated angiography was performed; the animals were sacrificed, vessel segments were excised and quantitative morphometric measurements were obtained. In none of the animals acute complications, e.g. dissection, thrombosis or perforation of the vessel, was noted. Up to an application pressure of 4 atm and an application volume of 5 ml, no significant neointima formation was seen compared to arteries which underwent angioplasty only. Additionally, no significant differences between saline and Ringer’s solution were detected. In a multivariate analysis, neither application pressure nor volume were found to have a statistically significant influence on the amount of neointimal hyperplasia. Conclusions: Local application of “drugs” using the channeled balloon catheter is safe and feasible without significant induction of neointimal hyperplasia compared to angioplasty, if an application volume of 5 ml and a pressure of 4 atm is not exceeded.


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