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Am Heart J. 1994 Oct;128(4):656-63.

Serial angioscopic and angiographic observations during the first hour after successful coronary angioplasty: a preamble to a multicenter trial addressing angioscopic markers for restenosis.

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Department of Cardiology, University Hospital, Groningen, The Netherlands.


Percutaneous coronary angioscopy was used in 13 patients in a pilot study to assess the intracoronary changes that occur during the first hour after balloon angioplasty (PTCA). The dilated segment was studied with 4.5F angioscopes and with quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) immediately after PTCA and at 15-minute intervals for up to 1 hour after PTCA. Significant progression of intimal dissection and thrombus formation could be demonstrated with angioscopy. These dissections and thrombi remained undetected with angiography, which only showed haziness. Thus through its superior sensitivity to intimal damage and thrombus, coronary angioscopy can reveal important intravascular events that apparently occur even after successful PTCA. The relation of such angioscopic observations to restenosis will be addressed in a subsequent multicenter study.

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