Effective plaque removal with a new 8 French-compatible atherectomy catheter

Takuro Takagi, Carlo Di Mario, Goran Stankovic, Bernhard Reimers, Alessandro Alberti, Francesco Liistro, Oksana Kovalenko, Fabio Sgura, Remo Albiero, Flavio Ribichini, Alessandro Pugno, Antonio Colombo

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the new 8 Fr guide catheter-compatible Flexicut directional atherectomy device and to compare it with the conventional Atherocath GTO catheter. The 6 Fr Flexicut catheter has a larger cutting window and a titanium nitride-coated cutter to effect more tissue removal as well as treat mildly calcified lesions. A group of 143 lesions in 117 consecutive patients treated with the Flexicut catheter in four centers were compared with a control group of 277 lesions in 212 consecutive patients treated with the GTO device. Postatherectomy luminal diameters were larger (2.92 ± 0.79 vs. 2.52 ± 0.64 mm; P <0.0001), with more luminal gain (relative gain: 0.58 ± 0.24 vs. 0.48 ± 0.25; P = 0.0007) using fewer directional coronary atherectomy (DCA) cuts (12 ± 7 vs. 16 ± 9; P = 0.0001) in the Flexicut group. A residual diameter stenosis <20% immediately after DCA was obtained in 77% of the lesions in the Flexicut group vs. 45% in the GTO group (P <0.0001). Histology in the former group revealed large calcium speckles in the retrieved specimens. In the Flexicut group, there was a lower incidence of access site complications and damage to the coronary ostium (2.5% vs. 7.5%; P = 0.08). The new Flexicut catheter is more effective than the conventional GTO catheter with a trend for reduced guiding catheter-related complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-459
Number of pages8
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Atherectomy
Catheters
Coronary Atherectomy
Equipment and Supplies
Histology
Pathologic Constriction
Calcium
Safety
Control Groups
Incidence

Keywords

  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Coronary artery disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Takagi, T., Di Mario, C., Stankovic, G., Reimers, B., Alberti, A., Liistro, F., ... Colombo, A. (2002). Effective plaque removal with a new 8 French-compatible atherectomy catheter. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, 56(4), 452-459. https://doi.org/10.1002/ccd.10196

Effective plaque removal with a new 8 French-compatible atherectomy catheter. / Takagi, Takuro; Di Mario, Carlo; Stankovic, Goran; Reimers, Bernhard; Alberti, Alessandro; Liistro, Francesco; Kovalenko, Oksana; Sgura, Fabio; Albiero, Remo; Ribichini, Flavio; Pugno, Alessandro; Colombo, Antonio.

In: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, Vol. 56, No. 4, 2002, p. 452-459.

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Takagi, T, Di Mario, C, Stankovic, G, Reimers, B, Alberti, A, Liistro, F, Kovalenko, O, Sgura, F, Albiero, R, Ribichini, F, Pugno, A & Colombo, A 2002, 'Effective plaque removal with a new 8 French-compatible atherectomy catheter', Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 452-459. https://doi.org/10.1002/ccd.10196
Takagi, Takuro ; Di Mario, Carlo ; Stankovic, Goran ; Reimers, Bernhard ; Alberti, Alessandro ; Liistro, Francesco ; Kovalenko, Oksana ; Sgura, Fabio ; Albiero, Remo ; Ribichini, Flavio ; Pugno, Alessandro ; Colombo, Antonio. / Effective plaque removal with a new 8 French-compatible atherectomy catheter. In: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. 2002 ; Vol. 56, No. 4. pp. 452-459.
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