1. A comparison of intracoronary treatment strategies for thrombus burden removal during primary percutaneous coronary intervention: a COCTAIL II substudy

    A comparison of intracoronary treatment strategies for thrombus burden removal during primary percutaneous coronary intervention: a COCTAIL II substudy

    Background: Manual thrombus aspiration and local drug delivery of abciximab have been proposed as a strategy to reduce thrombus burden during percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction; however, the effectiveness of these approaches, is uncertain. In this COCTAIL II substudy, we compared the effect of these strategies on prestenting and poststenting thrombus burden assessed by optical coherence tomography. Patients and methods: COCTAIL II trial enrolled patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction randomized to intralesion (IL, by the ClearWay catheter) versus intracoronary (IC, by the guide catheter) abciximab bolus with or without aspiration thrombectomy (AT). The following ...

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