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EuroIntervention. 2011 May;7 Suppl K:K119-24. doi: 10.4244/EIJV7SKA20.

Description of Pantera Lux paclitaxel-releasing balloon and preliminary quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) results at six months in patients with coronary in-stent restenosis.

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University Medical Center, Freiburg i.Br., Germany.



Drug-eluting balloons (DEB) have recently emerged as a valuable treatment option for patients with coronary in-stent restenosis (ISR). However, little information exists on results of DEB therapy of in-stent restenosis from drug-eluting stents (DES).


The Pantera Lux balloon catheter, a novel DEB releasing paclitaxel with a BTHC matrix was studied in a prospective, multicentre first-in-man trial of patients with ISR either from bare metal stents (BMS) or drug-eluting stents (DES). Here we report on the clinical and angiographic follow-up of the first 45 Pantera Lux patients after six months. The mean age (± SD) of the studied ISR patients was 69 ± 9 years (82% males, 18% females). The distribution of BMS and DES in these patients was 53% and 47%, respectively. Success of deployment of the device was 100%. After six months, the major adverse cardiac event (MACE) rate was 7.7% including one post-procedural non-fatal myocardial infarction, one target lesion- and one target vessel- revascularisation (each clinically driven). Angiographic in-stent late lumen loss was 0.03 ± 0.35 mm (BMS: -0.08 ± 0.37 mm, DES: 0.15 ± 0.28 mm) as assessed by an independent angiographic core laboratory.


Treatment of coronary in-stent restenosis with the Pantera Lux paclitaxel-releasing balloon catheter shows very promising preliminary 6-month results, irrespective of whether the initially implanted stent was a bare metal- or a drug-eluting stent.

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