Impact of lesion angle on optical coherence tomography findings and clinical outcomes after drug-eluting stent implantation in curved vessels


Tortuous coronary lesions are associated with adverse outcomes after implantation of bare metal or first-generation drug-eluting stents (DESs). We investigated the impact of lesion angle on vessel wall injuries and stent apposition as assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) after second- and newer-generation DES implantation. We investigated 95 de novo lesions treated with a single DES (62 platinum-chromium everolimus-eluting stents and 33 bioresorbable-polymer sirolimus-eluting stents). Post-intervention OCT findings were compared between angled lesions (≥ 45°; n = 33) and non-angled lesions (< 45°; n = 62). The 12-month clinical outcomes were also compared between the groups. Cross-sectional OCT analysis revealed that compared to non-angled lesions, angled ones had a significantly higher incidence of intra-stent dissection around the centre of the angle (19.7% vs. 10.8%, p = 0.01) and incomplete stent apposition (ISA) in the distal and proximal sub-segments (10.0% vs. 4.1%, p = 0.002; 15.3% vs. 7.9%, p < 0.001, respectively). Strut-based analysis also showed that angled lesions demonstrated a higher rate of malapposed strut in the distal and proximal sub-segments (3.0% vs. 0.9%, p < 0.001; 4.3% vs. 1.8%, p < 0.001, respectively). The 12 month clinical outcomes were comparable between the groups. Compared to non-angled lesions, angled coronary lesions were associated with a higher incidence of intra-stent dissection and ISA on post-intervention OCT after implantation of second- and newer-generation DESs.

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Nakamura, S., Kimura, S., Nakagama, S. et al. Impact of lesion angle on optical coherence tomography findings and clinical outcomes after drug-eluting stent implantation in curved vessels. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 35, 2147–2155 (2019).

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  • Drug-eluting stent
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Quantitative coronary angiography
  • Angled lesion