Novel indication for bioabsorbable scaffolds in metal allergy

EuroIntervention 2014;10:495 published online ahead of print December 2013. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV10I4A84

Niket R. Patel
Niket Patel*, MBBS, BSc, MRCP; Anthony Mechery, MBBS, MD, DM, MRCP; George Kassimis, MD, PhD; Adrian P. Banning, MBBS, MD, FRCP; Rajesh Kharbanda, MBChB, PhD, MRCP
Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford, United Kingdom
A 74-year-old female with exertional breathlessness and a metal allergy underwent angiography following positive stress echocardiography. This demonstrated severe calcific disease of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) (Figure 1A). Percutaneous intervention (PCI) was offered after the failure of medical therapy.

Figure 1. A) Calcified mid-LAD lesion. B) Unsuccessful predilation (significant wasting). C) Post-rotablation lesion expansion. D) Result following two overlapping Abbott BVS.

Patch testing confirmed allergy to nickel and cobalt. Most stent platforms contain alloys that include nickel (Table 1), which may contribute to restenosis in this context.

Balloon predilation was unsuccessful (Figure 1B). Therefore, rotablation ...

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