1. The Effectiveness of Excimer Laser Angioplasty to Treat Coronary In-Stent Restenosis With Peri-stent Calcium as Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography

    The Effectiveness of Excimer Laser Angioplasty to Treat Coronary In-Stent Restenosis With Peri-stent Calcium as Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography

    Aims: We evaluated the effectiveness of excimer laser coronary angioplasty (ELCA) to treat in-stent restenosis (ISR) due to peri-stent calcium-related stent under-expansion as assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods and results: We studied 81 patients (81 lesions with ISR, stent under-expansion, and peri-stent calcium >90°) who underwent OCT imaging both pre- and post-percutaneous coronary intervention and compared lesions treated with ELCA (n=23) vs without ELCA (n=58). ELCA use was associated with more calcium fracture (ELCA: 61%, non-ELCA: 12%, p<0.01), . larger final minimum lumen area (ELCA: 4.76 mm2 [3.25, 5.57], non-ELCA: 3.46 ...

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