Delayed Consequences of Endothelial Removal from Rabbit Aortae
One year after de-endothelialization of rabbit aorta by a balloon catheter, the damaged areas show arteriosclerotic thickening. In the study described here, aortae from six rabbits were examined 2 years after the single injury. Three had advanced atherosclerotic lesions. All the animals had been fed standard rabbit chow, and the five tested did not have hypercholesterolemia when they were sacrificed. Apparently vascular injury alone is sufficient basis for development of atherosclerotic disease in the rabbit.
KeywordsAtherosclerotic Lesion Balloon Catheter Evans Blue Original Magnification Intimal Thickening
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