Circulation Journal
Online ISSN : 1347-4820
Print ISSN : 1346-9843
Cardiovascular Intervention
Inter- and Intra-Observer Variability for Assessment of the Synergy Between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With TAXUS and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) Score and Association of the SYNTAX Score With Clinical Outcome in Patients Undergoing Unprotected Left Main Stenting in the Real World
Hiroki ShiomiToshihiro TamuraShunichiro NikiTomohisa TadaJunichi TazakiMasanao TomaKoh OnoTetsuo ShioiTakeshi MorimotoMasaharu AkaoYutaka FurukawaYoshihisa NakagawaTakeshi Kimura
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Volume 75 (2011) Issue 5 Pages 1130-1137

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Background: The Synergy Between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With TAXUS and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) score was proposed as a method to evaluate the complexity of coronary anatomy. However, the reproducibility of assessment for the SYNTAX score in unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) disease has not yet been adequately evaluated. The purpose of this study is to assess inter- and intra-observer variability for the assessment of the SYNTAX score in patients undergoing ULMCA stenting in daily clinical practice. Methods and Results: The SYNTAX score of 101 consecutive patients who underwent ULMCA stenting with sirolimus-eluting stent was independently assessed by 2 experienced interventional cardiologists. One of the 2 cardiologists evaluated all the cases again 6 months after the initial assessment. The κ value for inter-observer variability in estimating the SYNTAX score was 0.62 according to the dichotomized analysis (≥33, <33) and 0.58 according to the tertile analysis (<23, 23≤-<33, ≥33), while the intra-observer variability was 0.78 and 0.69, respectively. Patients with a high SYNTAX score (≥33, n=55) compared with those with low or intermediate score (<33, n=46) had a significantly higher rate of target-lesion revascularization (TLR) of the ULMCA lesion at 2 years (24% vs. 4.4%, P=0.01). Conclusions: Both inter- and intra-observer variability for estimating the SYNTAX score were within an acceptable range and a high SYNTAX score showed a higher rate of TLR in patients undergoing ULMCA stenting in daily clinical practice. (Circ J 2011; 75: 1130-1137)

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