1. Articles from Enrico Romagnoli

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    1. Optical coherence tomography-derived lipid core burden index and clinical outcomes: results from the CLIMA registry

      Optical coherence tomography-derived lipid core burden index and clinical outcomes: results from the CLIMA registry

      Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the morphological characteristics and prognostic implications of the optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived lipid core burden index (LCBI). Methods and results: OCT-LCBI was assessed in 1003 patients with 1-year follow-up from the CLIMA multicentre registry using a validated software able to automatically obtain a maximum OCT-LCBI in 4 mm (maxOCT-LCBI4mm). Primary composite clinical endpoint included cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and target-vessel revascularization. A secondary analysis using clinical outcomes of CLIMA study was performed. Patients with a maxOCT-LCBI4mm ≥ 400 showed higher prevalence of fibrous cap thickness (FCT) <75 μm [odds ratio (OR ...

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    2. The fingerprints of plaque rupture healing as detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

      The fingerprints of plaque rupture healing as detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

      Plaque rupture healing detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging. A-B) RCA angiogram showing a focal, complex lesion at the crux (red arrow in magnification). C-D) 3D and 2D longitudinal OCT views showing a plaque rupture (red arrows) with a large empty cavity (asterisks). E) Thin-cap fibroatheroma (white arrowheads). F-G) Ruptured plaque, with a fibrous cap discontinuity (red arrows) and a cavity (asterisks). H) Layered pattern (white arrowheads). A’-B’) Follow-up RCA angiogram showing a resolution of the ulceration and a smooth vessel profile (red arrow in magnification). C’-D’) Follow-up 3D and 2D 

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    3. Have I lost my large rupture cavity? The fingerprint of atherosclerotic plaque healing detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

      Have I lost my large rupture cavity? The fingerprint of atherosclerotic plaque healing detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

      A 64-year-old man, prior smoker, with a history of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was referred to our hospital due to worsening dyspnoea, progressively worsening angina, and a positive stress EKG testing. Coronary angiography (CAG) showed an angiographically intermediate stenosis of the mid left anterior descending (LAD) artery and a focal, complex lesion of the distal right coronary artery (RCA) (Figure 1A and B, red arrow). Treatment of the LAD stenosis was deferred based on a negative fractional flow reserve value (i.e. 0.85). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging (ILUMIEN OPTIS, Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA) was performed to better characterize ...

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    4. Coronary plaque healing and diabetes: insights from optical coherence tomography imaging

      Coronary plaque healing and diabetes: insights from optical coherence tomography imaging

      Aims Atherosclerotic plaque healing is a dynamic process developing after plaque rupture or erosion, which aims to prevent lasting occlusive thrombus formation and to promote plaque repair. We hypothesized that diabetes mellitus, one of the major conventional cardiovascular risk factors, may influence the healing capacity after plaque destabilization. Methods and results In this single-centre observational cohort study, patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or chronic coronary syndrome (CCS) who underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging at Fondazione Policlinico A. Gemelli–IRCCS, Rome, were included. Patients were divided into two groups (i.e. diabetes vs. no diabetes), and stratified based on ...

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    5. Clinical outcomes of suboptimal stent deployment as assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Clinical outcomes of suboptimal stent deployment as assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Background: Intraprocedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a valuable tool for guidance of percutaneous coronary intervention, but long-term follow-up data are lacking. Aims: The aim of this study was to address the long-term (7.5 years) clinical impact of quantitative OCT metrics of suboptimal stent implantation. Methods: This retrospective study includes 391 patients with long-term follow-up (mean 2,737 days; interquartile range 1,301-3,143 days) from the multicentre Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto – Optimisation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CLI-OPCI) registry. OCT-assessed suboptimal stent deployment required the presence of at least one of the following pre-defined OCT findings ...

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    6. Relationship between the amount and location of macrophages and clinical outcome: subanalysis of the clima-study

      Relationship between the amount and location of macrophages and clinical outcome: subanalysis of the clima-study

      Background The ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to recognize intraplaque macrophage infiltration is now well acknowledged. This post-hoc analysis of the CLIMA study aimed to address the clinical impact of the circumferential extension of OCT-defined macrophages and their location at one year follow-up. Methods The multicentre CLIMA study enrolled 1003 patients undergoing OCT evaluation of the untreated proximal left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. Measurements of circumferential extension of macrophages and measurements of the distance from intima-lumen contour to macrophages string were performed at the plaque cross-section judged as containing the greatest amount of macrophages. The main study endpoint ...

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    7. Adoption of a new automated optical coherence tomography software to obtain a lipid plaque spread-out plot

      Adoption of a new automated optical coherence tomography software to obtain a lipid plaque spread-out plot

      Purpose: Near infrared spectroscopy-Intravascular ultrasound (NIRS-IVUS) provide a fully automated Lipid Core Burden Index (LCBI). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is potentially capable of measuring lipid longitudinal extension in a dedicated two-dimensional LCBI spread-out plot. The present study has been designed to validate an automated approach to assess OCT images, able of providing a dedicated LCBI spread-out plot. Methods: We compared results obtained with conventional (manual) OCT, with those obtained with a novel automated OCT algorithm and with NIRS-IVUS in consecutive 40 patients. Our goal was to calculate the lipid core longitudinal extension in a dedicated two-dimensional LCBI spread-out plot. Three ...

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    8. Clinical outcomes of calcified nodules detected by optical coherence tomography

      Clinical outcomes of calcified nodules detected by optical coherence tomography

      Aims: The goal of the present post hoc analysis of the CLIMA registry was to establish the relationship between calcified nodules (CNs) with (CND) or without (CNWD) disruption of the superficial intimal fibrous layer and one-year occurrence of target lesion myocardial infarction (MI) and/or cardiac death. Methods and results: CND and CNWD were identified based on the presence or absence of superficial irregularities indicative of disruption of the intimal fibrous layer, with possible overlying local thrombus. In total, 222 CNs were found in the 1,776 non-culprit LAD plaques. CND had larger maximum calcific arc and smaller lumen area ...

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    9. Comparison between different approaches to evaluate fibrous cap thickness in sequential OCT studies

      Comparison between different approaches to evaluate fibrous cap thickness in sequential OCT studies

      BACKGROUND: In this in vivo human study we tested the reproducibility for optical coherence tomography (OCT) assessment of lumen area (LA) and plaque components measurements, such as lipid arc extension and fibrous cap thickness (FCt). METHODS: We tested the variability of LA, lipid arc and FCt assessments in two repeated OCT pullbacks from the same diseased coronary segment matched using fiduciary anatomical landmarks. In particular, for the reliability of minimal FCt measurement we compared four different approaches based on continuous (longitudinal) or segmental (spot) individuation of smaller thickness: 1) comparison of single minimal FCt individuated alongside all plaque extension in ...

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    10. Fractional Flow Reserve or Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Management of Angiographically-Intermediate Coronary Stenosis: A Single-Center Trial

      Fractional Flow Reserve or Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Management of Angiographically-Intermediate Coronary Stenosis: A Single-Center Trial

      Background Fractional flow reserve (FFR) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) may help both in assessment of angiographically-intermediate coronary lesions (AICL) and in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) optimization. Objectives: To compare OCT-guidance and FFR-guidance in patients with AICL in a single-center, prospective, 1:1 randomized trial (acronym: FORZA, NCT01824030 ). Methods Patients with AICL were randomized to FFR or OCT. In the FFR arm, PCI was performed if FFR was ≤0.80. In the OCT arm, PCI was performed if area stenosis was ≥75% or 50%-75% with minimal lumen area <2.5 mm 2 or plaque rupture. Angina (evaluated by Seattle ...

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    11. Relationship between coronary plaque morphology of the left anterior descending artery and 12 months clinical outcome: the CLIMA study

      Relationship between coronary plaque morphology of the left anterior descending artery and 12 months clinical outcome: the CLIMA study

      Aims The CLIMA study, on the relationship between c oronary p l aque morphology of the left anter i or descending artery and twelve m onths clinic a l outcome, was designed to explore the predictive value of multiple high-risk plaque features in the same coronary lesion [minimum lumen area (MLA), fibrous cap thickness (FCT), lipid arc circumferential extension, and presence of optical coherence tomography (OCT)-defined macrophages] as detected by OCT. Composite of cardiac death and target segment myocardial infarction was the primary clinical endpoint. Methods and results From January 2013 to December 2016, 1003 patients undergoing OCT evaluation ...

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    12. Role of optical coherence tomography in identifying sub-optimal stent positioning and predicting major adverse cardiac events in a comparative study with angiography: a CLIO-OPCI II sub-study

      Role of optical coherence tomography in identifying sub-optimal stent positioning and predicting major adverse cardiac events in a comparative study with angiography: a CLIO-OPCI II sub-study

      Background Quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) is the gold standard for evaluating correct stenting, despite its limitation in recognizing features indicative of suboptimal deployment. This subanalysis of the CLI-OPCI II registry addressed the role of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to verify whether suboptimal OCT deployment occurs in the presence of an optimal angiographic result. Patients and methods We retrospectively analyzed 125 lesions in the 105 patients with major adverse cardiac events of the CLI-OPCI II . Every lesion was evaluated with OCT and angiography , including visual and QCA assessment. Optimal angiographic result was defined as residual stenosis of less than 30% at ...

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    13. Long-term consequences of optical coherence tomography findings during percutaneous coronary intervention: the centro per la lotta contro l\'infarto - optimization of percutaneous coronary intervention (cli-opci) late study

      Long-term consequences of optical coherence tomography findings during percutaneous coronary intervention: the centro per la lotta contro l\'infarto - optimization of percutaneous coronary intervention (cli-opci) late study

      Aims: The role of intra-procedural Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) on long-term clinical outcome of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) remains undefined. Methods and results: In the context of the multicenter Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto-Optimisation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CLI-OPCI) registry, we compared long-term PCI outcome of 1211 patients from 13 independent OCT-experienced centers according to end-procedural OCT findings. OCT assessment revealed suboptimal stent implantation in 30.9% of lesions, with increased prevalence in patients experiencing device-oriented cardiovascular events (DoCE) (52.8% vs. 28.0%, p<0.001). At median follow-up of 833 (quartiles 415-1447) days, in-stent minimum lumen ...

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    14. Long-tem consequences of optical coherence tomography findings during percutaneous coronary intervention: the centro per la lotta contro l\'infarto - optimization of percutaneous coronary intervention (cli-opci) late study

      Long-tem consequences of optical coherence tomography findings during percutaneous coronary intervention: the centro per la lotta contro l\'infarto - optimization of percutaneous coronary intervention (cli-opci) late study

      Aims: The role of intra-procedural Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) on long-term clinical outcome of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) remains undefined. Methods and results: In the context of the multicenter Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto-Optimisation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CLI-OPCI) registry, we compared long-term PCI outcome of 1211 patients from 13 independent OCT-experienced centers according to end-procedural OCT findings. OCT assessment revealed suboptimal stent implantation in 30.9% of lesions, with increased prevalence in patients experiencing device-oriented cardiovascular events (DoCE) (52.8% vs. 28.0%, p<0.001). At median follow-up of 833 (quartiles 415-1447) days, in-stent minimum lumen ...

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    15. 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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    16. The role of residual intrastent thrombus during primary angioplasty: insights from the COCTAIL II study

      The role of residual intrastent thrombus during primary angioplasty: insights from the COCTAIL II study

      Aims: Recent frequency-domain optical coherence tomography studies showed that a complete removal of thrombotic materials is rarely achieved after percutaneous coronary interventions for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Residual intrastent thrombus can embolize distally leading to microcirculatory injury. The aim was to find a possible correlation between residual intrastent thrombus and angiographic indexes of myocardial reperfusion. Methods: The population consisted of 128 ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients enrolled in the COCTAIL II trial. Intrastent thrombus at optical coherence tomography was defined as the maximum percentage value of thrombus area (thrombus area/stent area × 100 in the cross-section with largest ...

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    17. Reproducibility of serial optical coherence tomography measurements for lumen area and plaque components in humans (The CLI-VAR [Centro per la Lotta Contro l’Infarto-variability] II study)

      Reproducibility of serial optical coherence tomography measurements for lumen area and plaque components in humans (The CLI-VAR [Centro per la Lotta Contro l’Infarto-variability] II study)

      Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) is a promising intracoronary imaging technique to study atherosclerosis. Indeed, its unprecedented spatial resolution allows the assessment of fibrous cap thickness, lipid pool and features of plaque vulnerability. Aim of this study was to determine the reproducibility of the in vivo FD-OCT measurements of lumen area and plaque components in serial studies. Twenty-six patients undergoing FD-OCT assessment of intermediate lesion during coronary angiography were included in this study. FD-OCT pullbacks were acquired twice from the same coronary segment at interval of 5 min without additional intervention and analyzed off-line at an independent imaging core laboratory ...

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    18. Clinical Impact of OCT Findings During PCI: The CLI-OPCI II Study

      Clinical Impact of OCT Findings During PCI: The CLI-OPCI II Study

      Objectives The goal of this study was to assess the clinical impact of optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Background OCT provides unprecedented high-definition visualization of plaque/stent structures during PCI; however, the impact of OCT findings on outcome remains undefined. Methods In the context of the multicenter CLI-OPCI (Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto–Optimisation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) registry, we retrospectively analyzed patients undergoing end-procedural OCT assessment and compared the findings with clinical outcomes. Results A total of 1,002 lesions (832 patients) were assessed. Appropriate OCT assessment was obtained in 98.2 ...

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    19. Serial optical coherence tomography imaging of ACS-causing culprit plaques

      Serial optical coherence tomography imaging of ACS-causing culprit plaques

      Aims: The aim of this study was to understand better the mechanisms of repair of plaque complications causing acute coronary syndrome. Methods and results: We used OCT in the acute phase and at follow-up (one to seven months) to investigate the plaque healing in 10 culprit plaques: five ruptured fibrous cap (RFC) and five intact fibrous cap (IFC) which were not treated with stent deployment and caused ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (n=8) and non-STEMI (n=2). At follow-up OCT, the margins of the evacuated cavity in RFC plaques showed a smooth surface and a morphology similar to that of ...

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    20. Identification and quantification of macrophage presence in coronary atherosclerotic plaques by optical coherence tomography

      Identification and quantification of macrophage presence in coronary atherosclerotic plaques by optical coherence tomography

      Aims Vulnerable plaques are characterized by a high macrophage content. We investigated the optical coherence tomography (OCT) capability of identifying coronary plaque macrophage presence using tissue property indexes. Methods and results Fifteen epicardial coronary arteries were imaged by OCT and subsequently analysed by histology. Correlating OCT–histological sections were identified and regions of interest (ROIs) were selected on both atherosclerotic plaques and normal appearing vessel tracts. OCT-derived tissue property indexes named normalized standard deviation (NSD), signal attenuation, and granulometry index were applied on ROIs to identify inflamed ROIs defined as a macrophage percentage >10 by histology. Forty-three paired samples (OCT ...

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    21. Suboptimal stent deployment is associated with subacute stent thrombosis: Optical Coherence Tomography insights from a multicenter matched study. From the CLI Foundation investigators: the CLI-THRO study

      Suboptimal stent deployment is associated with subacute stent thrombosis: Optical Coherence Tomography insights from a multicenter matched study. From the CLI Foundation investigators: the CLI-THRO study

      Background Acute or sub-acute stent thrombosis (ST) is a well described complication usually causing acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and in the worst case scenario sudden cardiac death. In this study we aimed at exploring the potential role of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the understanding of the mechanism of ST. Methods Twenty-one consecutive patients, after ACS due to a definite sub-acute ST, were assessed with OCT and matched 1:2 with 42 patients undergoing OCT for scheduled follow-up. OCT assessment was focused on features indicative of non-optimal stent deployment: under-expansion, malapposition, edge dissection and reference lumen narrowing. Results OCT revealed ...

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    22. Reproducibility of the Carpet View system: a novel technical solution for display and off line analysis of OCT images

      Reproducibility of the Carpet View system: a novel technical solution for display and off line analysis of OCT images

      The optical coherence tomography (OCT) evaluation of the stent anatomy requires the inspection of sequential cross section (CS). However stent coils cannot be appreciated in the conventional format as the OCT CS simply display stent struts, that are poorly representative of the stent architecture. The aim of the present study was to validate a new software ( Carpet View ), which unfolds the stented segment, reconstructing it as an open structure and displaying the stent meshwork. 21 patients were studied with frequency domain OCT after the deployment of different stents: seven bio-absorbable scaffolds (Dream), seven bare metal stent (Vision/Multilink8), seven drug ...

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