Coronary bifurcation stenting: Current techniques, outcome and possible future developments

N. Melikian, F. Airoldi, C. Di Mario

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Percutaneous treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions remained challenging in the stent era, with restenosis rates greater than 30% and no advantage from the routine use of kissing stents. Drug eluting stents (DES) have dramatically reduced the restenosis rates (RR) in the main vessel, but with conventional T-stenting double digits figures are still reported for the side-branch because of poor ostial coverage. The techniques of kissing stenting able to provide full lesion coverage (Culotte, V-stenting, Crush) have the potential to improve these results but the development of dedicated DES is probably needed to obtain consistently high procedural and long-term success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-378
Number of pages14
JournalMinerva Cardioangiologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Bifurcations
  • Paclitaxel
  • Sirolimus
  • Stents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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