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JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Nov;6(11):1160-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2013.06.009.

Clinical outcome after crush versus culotte stenting of coronary artery bifurcation lesions: the Nordic Stent Technique Study 36-month follow-up results.

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Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland. Electronic address:



The aim of the study was to compare long-term follow-up results of crush versus culotte stent techniques in coronary bifurcation lesions.


The randomized Nordic Stent Technique Study showed similar 6-month clinical and 8-month angiographic results with the crush and culotte stent techniques of de novo coronary artery bifurcation lesions using sirolimus-eluting stents. Here, we report the 36-month efficacy and safety of the Nordic Stent Technique Study.


A total of 424 patients with a bifurcation lesion were randomized to stenting of both main vessel and side branch with the crush or the culotte technique and followed for 36 months. Major adverse cardiac events-the composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction, stent thrombosis, or target vessel revascularization-were the primary endpoint.


Follow-up was complete for all patients. At 36 months, the rates of the primary endpoint were 20.6% versus 16.7% (p = 0.32), index lesion restenosis 11.5% versus 6.5% (p = 0.09), and definite stent thrombosis 1.4% versus 4.7% (p = 0.09) in the crush and the culotte groups, respectively.


At 36-month follow-up, the clinical outcomes were similar for patients with coronary bifurcation lesions treated with the culotte or the crush stent technique. (Nordic Bifurcation Study. How to Use Drug Eluting Stents [DES] in Bifurcation Lesions? NCT00376571).


FKBD; LM; MACE; MI; PCI; SB; ST; TLR; angioplasty; balloon; bifurcation lesions; coronary artery disease; drug-eluting stents; final kissing balloon dilation; left main coronary artery; major adverse cardiac events; myocardial infarction; percutaneous coronary intervention; restenosis; side branch; stent thrombosis; target lesion revascularization

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