Provisional stenting in small vessels

F. Airoldi, C. Di Mario, T. Takagi, G. Stankovic, R. Albiero, A. Colombo

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Based on the currently available data, the strategy of routine stent placement in unselected lesions located in small coronary arteries provides good immediate results but is still associated with a high incidence of in-stent restenosis. Randomized trials comparing elective stenting with balloon angioplasty have not provided the demonstration that routine stenting is the best strategy for percutaneous intervention in coronary arteries with a reference diameter smaller than 2.75-3.0 mm. This paper describes the rationale for provisional stenting in this clinical setting and reviews the role of quantitative coronary angiography, intracoronary ultra-sound and intracoronary Doppler measurements in the identification of lesions that would benefit from adjunctive stent placement after balloon angioplasty and in guiding stent implantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Intracoronary Doppler
  • Intracoronary ultrasound
  • Provisional stenting
  • Small vessels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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