Aims: Dedicated bifurcation stents should facilitate deployment and improve coverage of bifurcational lesions. We used optical coherence tomography (OCT) to assess bifurcation lesions treated with a dedicated stent implanted in the side branch (SB) in conjunction with drug eluting stents in the main vessel (MV) in a culotte-like fashion. Methods and results: Nine patients treated with the Tryton stent underwent postprocedural OCT examination. Total percent of malapposed struts per patient was 18.1±8.7%. The longitudinal distribution of the percent of malapposed struts per patient showed that the prevalence of malapposed struts was significantly higher at the level of the bifurcation (33.3%), than in both the proximal segment and the distal segment (18.5% and 9.8%, respectively, p=0.011). When the bifurcation was divided into two halves (opposite SB and toward SB), the highest percent of malapposed struts was toward the SB (47.6%). Also the wall-strut distance for malapposed struts was significantly higher in the bifurcation half toward the SB than in the proximal and the distal segment. Conclusions: Malapposed struts are frequent in bifurcations despite the use of a dedicated stent. The highest frequency and largest vessel wall-stent strut distance are observed in the bifurcation half toward the SB.
- Optical coherence tomography
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine