The relationship between post-stent strut apposition and follow-up strut coverage assessed by a contour plot optical coherence tomography analysis

Jung Sun Kim, Jinyong Ha, Byeong Keuk Kim, Dong Ho Shin, Young Guk Ko, Donghoon Choi, Yangsoo Jang, Myeong Ki Hong

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Objectives This study sought to evaluate the relationship between post-stent strut apposition and follow-up strut coverage using contour plot optical coherence tomographic analysis. Background Tracking the fate of interested regions of struts at different time points has not been investigated. Methods Post-intervention and 6-month follow-up optical coherence tomographic evaluations were performed in 82 patients treated with biolimus- (n = 37) or sirolimus-eluting stents (n = 45). Post-stent apposition was classified as embedded, apposed, or malapposed. For volumetric stent evaluation, the post-intervention strut-artery distance and the neointimal thickness at follow-up were measured as a function of the circumferential arc length and longitudinal stent length. Computer-generated contour plots of the strut-artery distance and neointimal thickness were compared. Results The percentages of embedded and malapposed struts after intervention were 1.8% (Interquartile range [IQR]: 0.6% to 6.2%) and 2.3% (IQR: 0.5% to 5.2%), respectively. The percentages of uncovered and malapposed struts at 6 months were 16.0% (IQR: 7.4% to 33.3%) and 0% (IQR: 0% to 0.7%), respectively. The percentage of uncovered struts at 6 months varied significantly with post-stent strut apposition (0% [IQR: 0% to 11.4%] in embedded, 16.3% [IQR: 8.1% to 31.3%] in apposed, and 26.8% [IQR: 0% to 56.3%] in malapposed, p < 0.001 for all pairwise comparisons). In lesions without tissue prolapse, embedded struts were all covered (100% covered struts) compared with those with tissue prolapse (76.8% covered, p < 0.001). Conclusions The optical coherence tomography-guided optimization of stent strut apposition enhances strut coverage at follow-up. This comprehensive method for evaluating strut apposition may provide more useful information to understanding the serial changes in strut coverage. (Neointimal Coverage After Implantation of Biolimus Eluting Stent With Biodegradable Polymer: Optical Coherence Tomographic Assessment According to the Treatment of Dyslipidemia and Hypertension and the Types of Implanted Drug-Eluting Stents; NCT01502904).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-651
Number of pages11
JournalJACC: Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant from the Korea Healthcare Technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs , Republic of Korea ( #A085012 and #A102064 ), a grant from the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare , Republic of Korea ( #A085136 ), and the Cardiovascular Research Center , Seoul, Korea. The authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose. Drs. J.-S. Kim and Ha contributed equally to this paper.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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