1. Morphologic Characteristics of Eroded Coronary Plaques: A Combined Angiographic, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Intravascular Ultrasound Study

    Morphologic Characteristics of Eroded Coronary Plaques: A Combined Angiographic, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Intravascular Ultrasound Study

    Plaque erosion accounts for about one-third of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) [1]. Systemic milieu such as high inflammatory and/or thrombogenic status may be an essential precondition for the occurrence of plaque erosion [2]. However, ACS patients frequently have multiple lesions and not all plaques develop erosion resulting in occlusive thrombus formation. Since the systemic milieu is the same, we hypothesized that plaque morphological features would be different between eroded culprit plaques (ECP) and non-eroded, non-culprit plaques (NENCP).

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