Incidence and predictors of drug-eluting stent fracture in human coronary artery a pathologic analysis.

@article{Nakazawa2009IncidenceAP,
  title={Incidence and predictors of drug-eluting stent fracture in human coronary artery a pathologic analysis.},
  author={Gaku Nakazawa and Aloke Virmani Finn and Marc Vorpahl and Elena R Ladich and Robert Kutys and Isidora Balazs and Frank D Kolodgie and Renu Virmani},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={54 21},
  pages={1924-31}
}
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to perform pathologic assessment on stent fracture. BACKGROUND Clinically, stent fracture has been reported in 1% to 2% of patients after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. METHODS High-contrast film-based radiographs of 177 consecutive lesions from the CVPath DES autopsy registry were reviewed. Stent fracture was graded as I (single-strut fracture), II (> or =2 struts), III (> or =2 struts with deformation), IV (with transection without gap), and V… CONTINUE READING

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