Prolonged antiplatelet therapy to prevent late thrombosis after intracoronary gamma-radiation in patients with in-stent restenosis: Washington Radiation for In-Stent Restenosis Trial plus 6 months of clopidogrel (WRIST PLUS).
R Waksman, AE Ajani, RL White, E Pinnow, R Dieble, AB Bui, M Taaffe, L Gruberg, GS Mintz, LF Satler, AD Pichard, KK Kent, J Lindsay
Circulation | Published : 2001
BACKGROUND: Intracoronary gamma-radiation reduces recurrent in-stent restenosis. Late thrombosis (>30 days after radiation therapy) is identified as a serious complication. The Washington Radiation for In-Stent Restenosis Trial (WRIST) PLUS, which involved 6 months of treatment with clopidogrel and aspirin, was designed to examine the efficacy and safety of prolonged antiplatelet therapy for the prevention of late thrombosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 120 consecutive patients with diffuse in-stent restenosis in native coronary arteries and vein grafts with lesions <80 mm underwent percutaneous coronary transluminal angioplasty, laser ablation, and/or rotational atherectomy. Additional ..View full abstract