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Tools & Techniques: stent delivery in distal lesions

EuroIntervention 2010;6:660-661.

Department of Cardiology, National Hospital Organization Disaster Medical Center. Midoricho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo, Japan

In this chapter of Tools & Techniques we discuss key points for successful stent delivery in difficult situations. While many techniques of stent delivery have been developed for these situations, still, difficulties in stent delivery may be encountered due to vessel tortuosity and/or calcification. The following is an introduction and summary of the considerations involved in stent delivery including specific techniques such as distal balloon deflection and distal balloon deflation techniques. The complete, unabridged e-version with dynamic images can be viewed at


Stent delivery failure has been reported to occur in 3.7% ...

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