Circulation Journal
Online ISSN : 1347-4820
Print ISSN : 1346-9843
ISSN-L : 1346-9843
Cardiovascular Intervention
Vaporizing Thrombus With Excimer Laser Before Coronary Stenting Improves Myocardial Reperfusion in Acute Coronary Syndrome
Daisuke ShishikuraSatoru OtsujiShin TakiuchiAtsushi FukumotoKatsuaki AsanoMasashi IkushimaTokuki YasudaKatsuyuki HasegawaToshikazu KashiyamaMasanori YabukiToshiaki HanafusaYorihiko Higashino
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2013 Volume 77 Issue 6 Pages 1445-1452


Background: Mechanical reperfusion has proven to be an unquestionably superior treatment strategy over that of thrombolytic therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Excimer laser coronary angioplasty (ELCA) is a unique revascularization device that has a lytic effect on thrombus, in addition to its debulking effect on the atherosclerotic plaque beneath the thrombus. Methods and Results: This single-center retrospective analysis consisted of consecutive ACS patients treated with ELCA (n=50) and age- and sex-matched ACS patients treated with manual aspiration (n=48) without use of a distal protection device. Success rate was judged by lesion crossability, procedure complications, and significant reduction of stenosis. Tissue-level perfusion was assessed on antegrade Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) flow grade, myocardial blush grade (MBG), and ST-segment elevation resolution (STR). Short-term outcome was evaluated according to occurrence of in-hospital major adverse cardiac events (MACE; myocardial infarction, target lesion revascularization, coronary artery bypass graft, and death). Lesion crossability was higher in the ELCA group than in the aspiration group (96.2% vs. 82.6%, P=0.04). Attainment of TIMI 3 flow (86.0% vs. 68.8%, P=0.04) and MBG 3 (76.0% vs. 54.2%, P=0.02) was also higher in the ELCA group than in the aspiration group. Complete STR was similar between the 2 groups. In-hospital MACE were significantly more frequent in the aspiration group. Conclusions: ELCA is feasible, safe, and effective for the treatment of patients with ACS and appears to be useful as an adjunctive lesion preparation device.  (Circ J 2013; 77: 1445–1452)

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