1. Visualization of extensive intraplaque neovascularization by optical coherence tomography

    Visualization of extensive intraplaque neovascularization by optical coherence tomography

    Inflammation plays a key role in pathogenesis and progression of atherosclerosis (1) . Advent of novel intravascular imaging tools such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has led to visualization of coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics in vivo that were previously seen only on histology. Herein we discuss a case of extensive neovascularization, a feature that imparts vulnerability to atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary artery, as seen by two- and three-dimensional OCT images. A 63-year-old female with history of diabetes mellitus and hypertension presented with troponin-positive chest pain. She underwent coronary angiography followed by drug-eluting stent implantation to the mid segment of right ...

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