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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2004 October;52(5):365-78
Coronary bifurcation stenting. Current techniques, outcome and possible future developments
Melikian N., Airoldi F., Di Mario C.
Percutaneous treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions remained challenging in the stent era, with restenosis rates greater than 30% and no advantage from the routine use of kissing stents. Drug eluting stents (DES) have dramatically reduced the restenosis rates (RR) in the main vessel, but with conventional T-stenting double digits figures are still reported for the side-branch because of poor ostial coverage. The techniques of kissing stenting able to provide full lesion coverage (Culotte, V-stenting, Crush) have the potential to improve these results but the development of dedicated DES is probably needed to obtain consistently high procedural and long-term success.