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Last nail in the coffin of late lumen loss?

EuroInterv.2008;4:29-32.

1. Division of Cardiology, University of Turin, S. Giovanni Battista “Molinette” Hospital, Turin, Italy; 2. Antwerp Cardiovascular Institute Middelheim, AZ Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium
With the publication in this issue of the study by Rivero et al,1 appraising the association between stent thrombosis and late lumen loss, the clinical impact of the latter is again challenged. Yet, before witnessing the possibly last (scientific) breaths of late loss, it is appropriate to challenge our definition and operational knowledge of this important, but often misused and misinterpreted angiographic parameter.

What is late lumen loss?

Most interventional cardiologists have a rather clear idea of this angiographic parameter obtained at quantitative coronary angiography by subtracting the follow-up minimum lumen diameter to the post-procedural minimum lumen diameter (...

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