1. Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation at 6, 12, and 24 months Following Biolimus A9-Eluting Biodegradable Polymer Coated Stent Implantation

    Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation at 6, 12, and 24 months Following Biolimus A9-Eluting Biodegradable Polymer Coated Stent Implantation

    Background Nobori is a biolimus A9-eluting stent (BES) featured with a biodegradable polymer coated on the abluminal side only. We previously reported that favorable vessel healing was achieved at 6-12 months after BES implantation. However, detailed long-term vessel reaction post-BES deployment is unclear. Methods Twenty-two BESs were serially evaluated by optical coherence tomography (OCT) at 6, 12, and 24 months post-stenting. Average neointimal thickness, uncovered struts and neointimal unevenness score (NUS: each cross section as maximum neointimal thickness in one cross section divided by the average neointimal thickness of the same cross-section) were manually measured. In addition, we evaluated the ...

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