Interventional cardiology, a relative young sub-specialty, witnessed an exponential growth in material design and technology. Therefore, different strategies and techniques may be applied during PCI. Atherectomy, a long-standing technique for debulking and/or treatment of heavily calcified lesions is considered challenging and at higher risk for complications. Despite this, both directional and rotational atherectomy have occasionally been suggested for the treatment of in-stent restenosis.
In this edition of the journal, two cases of severe in-stent restenosis (ISR) treated by atherectomy are reported. In both, atherectomy resulted unexpectedly in total stent extraction by the atherectomy device.
The first case ...
1. Service de Cardiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland; 2. Department of Internal Medicine, Divisions of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
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