Cutting balloon

A cutting balloon is an angioplasty device invented by Barath et al used in percutaneous coronary interventions. It has a special balloon tip with small blades, that are activated when the balloon is inflated. This procedure is different from Rotoblation (Percutaneous Transluminal Rotational Atherectomy or PCRA) whereby a diamond tipped device spins at high revolutions to cut away calcific (chalky) atheroma usually prior to coronary stenting.


  • Barath P, Fishbein MC, Vari S, Forrester JS (1991 issue = 68). "cutting balloon: A novel approach to percutaneous angioplasty". Am J Cardiol 1249–1251.
  • Lee M, Singh V, Nero T, Wilentz J (2002). "Cutting balloon angioplasty.". J Invasive Cardiol 14 (9): 552–6. Full text
  • Cejna M "Cutting balloon: review on principles and background of use in peripheral arteries.". Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 28 (4): 400–8.

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