Journal article

Optical Coherence Tomography Characterization of Coronary Lithoplasty for Treatment of Calcified Lesions: First Description.

Ziad A Ali, Todd J Brinton, Jonathan M Hill, Akiko Maehara, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Keyvan Karimi Galougahi, Uday Illindala, Matthias Götberg, Robert Whitbourn, Nicolas Van Mieghem, Ian T Meredith, Carlo Di Mario, Jean Fajadet

JACC Cardiovascular Imaging | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the mechanistic effects of a novel balloon-based lithoplasty system on heavily calcified coronary lesions and subsequent stent placement using optical coherence tomography (OCT). BACKGROUND: The Shockwave Coronary Rx Lithoplasty System (Shockwave Medical, Fremont, California) delivers localized, lithotripsy-enhanced disruption of calcium within the target lesion (i.e., lithoplasty) for vessel preparation before stent implantation. METHODS: We analyzed OCT findings in 31 patients in whom lithoplasty was used to treat severely calcified stenotic coronary lesions. RESULTS: After lithoplasty, intraplaque calcium fracture was identified in 43% of lesions..

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