• Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty has become an accepted therapeutic modality for patients with coronary artery disease. Until the present, its use has been restricted to vessels that are subtotally obstructed. We recently successfully utilized coronary angioplasty in a patient with a totally occluded coronary artery. The experience is described and criteria proposed for the selection of patients with totally obstructed coronary arteries for coronary angioplasty.
(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:1875-1877)