1. OCT Analysis in Patients With Very Late Stent Thrombosis

    OCT Analysis in Patients With Very Late Stent Thrombosis

    Objectives We report optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings in 33 patients who presented with very late stent thrombosis (VLST) after either drug-eluting stent (DES) or bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation. Background VLST is a potentially life-threatening complication, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Methods In 33 patients (27 DES- and 6 BMS-treated lesions) with definite VLST, OCT images were acquired before either thrombus aspiration or intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) imaging. Results The median duration from implantation was 61.5 months in the DES group and 109.1 months in the BMS group. In the overall cohort, combining DES and BMS, 94% showed ...

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