1. Local Determinants and Clinical Significance of Thrombus Formation Following Sirolimus-Eluting Stent Implantation: Insights from Optical Coherence Tomography Analysis

    Angioscopic analyses have shown the presence of subclinical thrombus in sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) is more common than the clinical incidence of stent thrombosis. However, the determinants and long term significance of subclinical thrombus remain unknown. Thirty five patients (44 stents) who received SES underwent 6 months follow-up optical coherence tomography (OCT). Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the presence of thrombus by OCT. Cross-sectional images were analyzed every 1mm. Stent eccentricity index (SEI; minimum stent diameter divided by maximum stent diameter) was determined in each cross section (CS). To assess the unevenness of neointimal thickness (NIT), a neointimal ...
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