Bifurcation coronary lesions treated with the "Crush" technique: An intravascular ultrasound analysis

Ricardo A. Costa, Gary S. Mintz, Stephane G. Carlier, Alexandra J. Lansky, Issam Moussa, Kenichi Fujii, Hideo Takebayashi, Takenori Yasuda, Jose R. Costa, Yoshihiro Tsuchiya, Lisette O. Jensen, Ecaterina Cristea, Roxana Mehran, George D. Dangas, Sriram Iyer, Michael Collins, Edward M. Kreps, Antonio Colombo, Gregg W. Stone, Martin B. LeonJeffrey W. Moses

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OBJECTIVES: We report intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) findings after crush-stenting of bifurcation lesions. BACKGROUND: Preliminary results with the crush-stent technique are encouraging; however, isolated reports suggest that restenosis at the side branch (SB) ostium continues to be a problem. METHODS: Forty patients with bifurcation lesions underwent crush-stenting with the sirolimus-eluting stent. Postintervention IVUS was performed in both branches in 25 lesions and only the main vessel (MV) in 15 lesions; IVUS analysis included five distinct locations: MV proximal stent, crush area, distal stent, SB ostium, and SB distal stent. RESULTS: Overall, the MV minimum stent area was larger than the SB (6.7 ± 1.7 mm2 vs. 4.4 ± 1.4 mm 2, p < 0.0001, respectively). When only the MV was considered, the minimum stent area was found in the crush area (rather than the proximal or MV distal stent) in 56%. When both the MV and the SB were considered, the minimum stent area was found at the SB ostium in 68%. The MV minimum stent area measured <4 mm2 in 8% of lesions and <5 mm2 in 20%. For the SB, a minimum stent area <4 mm2 was found in 44%, and a minimum stent area <5 mm2 in 76%, typically at the ostium. "Incomplete crushing" - incomplete apposition of SB or MV stent struts against the MV wall proximal to the carina - was seen in >60% of non-left main lesions. CONCLUSIONS: In the majority of bifurcation lesions treated with the crush technique, the smallest minimum stent area appeared at the SB ostium. This may contribute to a higher restenosis rate at this location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-605
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 16 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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