Coronary interventions

The fingerprints of plaque rupture healing as detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

EuroIntervention 2022;18:e405-e406. DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-22-00007

Rocco Vergallo
Rocco Vergallo1, MD, PhD; Francesco Burzotta1, MD, PhD; Cristina Aurigemma1, MD, PhD; Enrico Romagnoli1, MD, PhD; Domenico D’Amario1, MD, PhD; Carlo Trani1, MD, PhD; Filippo Crea1, MD
1. Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy


Figure 1. Plaque rupture healing detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging. A-B) Right coronary artery (RCA) angiogram showing a focal, complex lesion at the crux (red arrow in magnification). C-D) 3D and 2D longitudinal OCT views showing a plaque rupture (red arrows) with a large empty cavity (asterisks). E) Thin-cap fibroatheroma (white arrowheads). F-G) Ruptured plaque, with a fibrous cap discontinuity (red arrows) and a cavity (asterisks). H) Layered pattern (white arrowheads). A’-B’) Follow-up RCA angiogram showing a resolution of the ulceration and a smooth vessel profile (red arrow in magnification). C’-D’) Follow-up 3...

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