Local aneurysmal dilatation mimicking stent malapposition and concurrent vulnerable plaque within neointima of normal lumen after drug-eluting stent implantation: primary new findings from optical coherence tomography

第一作者:GUO Yuan-lin

2012-10-18 点击量:10016   我要说

GUO Yuan-lin, YANG Yue-jin, GAO Zhan, QIAN Jie,


Very late stent thrombosis is a life-threatening complication of implantation of drug-eluting stent (DES). The mechanisms are still unidentified. Stent malapposition is supposed to be one debated reason. Here we report a case of 33 months after DES implanted. Observed by optical coherence tomography, we detected a lipid-rich plaque with defective fibrous cap within the neointima and many local aneurysmal dilatations between stent struts, which mimic “malapposition” on the angiogram. These indicated that vulnerable plaque hidden in the neointima at the stent segment might be a potential mechanism of very late stent thrombosis after DES implantation.

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