This report summarizes information on percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) contained in research published between 1982 and October 1990. In particular, it deals with research on the efficacy, complications, costs, utilization, and indications for PTCA. The report includes a comprehensive set of indications for performing this procedure, and ratings of the appropriateness and necessity for each indication.
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