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Am J Cardiol. 2013 Dec 15;112(12):1854-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.08.011. Epub 2013 Sep 21.

Radiofrequency-intravascular ultrasound assessment of lesion coverage after angiography-guided emergent percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction.

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2nd Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College and University Hospital, Cracow, Poland.


Using radiofrequency-intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS), we have previously demonstrated that in 50% of patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention with optimal angiographic result, the stent does not fully cover the whole VH-IVUS-derived thin-cap fibroatheroma (VH-TCFA) related to the culprit lesion. Presently, we set out to extend these findings to 20 patients with non-STEMI with Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction flow 3 in the infarct-related artery before intervention who were then treated with angiography-guided direct stent implantation. The lesion was imaged with VH-IVUS before and after intervention, but the results were blinded to the operator. Plaque rupture site was identified in 8 lesions (40%), all proximal to the minimum lumen area (MLA) site. The maximum necrotic core site was found proximal to MLA in 18 lesions and at the MLA in 2 lesions. Although the plaque rupture site was fully covered with the stent in all lesions, an uncovered VH-TCFA was found in 7 lesions (35%), 4 in the proximal reference segment, 1 in the distal reference segment, and 2 in both the proximal and distal reference segments. In conclusion, in 35% of patients with non-STEMI undergoing angiography-guided emergent percutaneous coronary intervention, the stent does not fully cover a VH-TCFA related to the culprit lesion.

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