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Combined use of optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound imaging in patients undergoing coronary interventions for stent thrombosis
  1. Fernando Alfonso,
  2. Jaime Dutary,
  3. Manuel Paulo,
  4. Nieves Gonzalo,
  5. Maria J Pérez-Vizcayno,
  6. Pilar Jiménez-Quevedo,
  7. Javier Escaned,
  8. Camino Bañuelos,
  9. Rosana Hernández,
  10. Carlos Macaya
  1. Department of Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Institute, Clínico San Carlos University Hospital, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fernando Alfonso, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Institute, Clínico ‘San Carlos’ University Hospital, IdISSC, Ciudad Universitaria, Plaza de Cristo Rey, Madrid 28040, Spain; falf{at}


Objective This prospective study sought to assess the diagnostic value of optical coherence tomography (OCT) compared with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in patients presenting with stent thrombosis (ST).

Design and setting Although the role of IVUS in this setting has been described, the potential diagnostic value of OCT in patients suffering ST remains poorly defined. Catheterization Laboratory, University Hospital.

Patients and interventions Fifteen consecutive patients with ST undergoing rescue coronary interventions under combined IVUS/OCT imaging guidance were analysed.

Mean outcome measures Analysis and comparison of OCT and IVUS findings before and after interventions.

Results Before intervention, OCT visualised the responsible thrombus in all patients (thrombus area 4.7±2.5 mm2, stent obstruction 82±14%). Minimal stent area was 4.7±2.1 mm2 leading to severe stent underexpansion (expansion 60±21%). Although red or mixed thrombus (14 patients) induced partial strut shadowing (total length 12.3±6 mm), malapposition (six patients), inflow-outflow disease (five patients), uncovered struts (nine patients) and associated in-stent restenosis (five patients, four showing neoatherogenesis) was clearly recognised. IVUS disclosed similar findings but achieved poorer visualisation of thrombus–lumen interface and strut malapposition, and failed to recognise uncovered struts and associated neoatherosclerosis. After interventions, OCT demonstrated a reduced thrombus burden (2.4±1.6 mm2) and stent obstruction (24±14%) with improvements in stent area (6.8±2.9 mm2) and expansion (75±21%) (all p<0.05). IVUS and OCT findings proved to be complementary.

Conclusions OCT provides unique insights on the underlying substrate of ST and may be used to optimise results in these challenging interventions. In this setting, OCT and IVUS have complementary diagnostic values.

  • Stent thrombosis
  • optical coherence tomography
  • intravascular ultrasound
  • acute myocardial infarction
  • interventional cardiology
  • coronary angiography
  • coronary intervention (PCI)
  • coronary stenting

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Oral informed consent was obtained from all patients.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by the Institutional Review Board.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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