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Jailed balloon protection: a new technique to avoid acute side-branch occlusion during provisional stenting of bifurcated lesions. Bench test report and first clinical experience.
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PMID:  20142195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: Provisional stenting with drug-eluting-stents is actually adopted to treat most of bifurcated lesions. A major drawback of this technique is the risk of side-branch (SB) closure after main vessel (MV) stenting. METHODS AND RESULTS: We set-up, and bench tested, a novel technique for SB protection based on the placement of a balloon in the SB during MV stenting. The uninflated balloon, which remains jailed under the stent struts, serves to reduce both carina and plaque shifts due to its SB ostium spatial occupation. If SB flow is preserved after MV stenting, the jailed balloon is removed uninflated. If the SB becomes occluded after MV stenting, the jailed balloon may either be used as a marker and a favourable angle modifier to facilitate rewiring or can be dilated to try to restore SB flow. SB rewiring and kissing balloon inflation must be performed to correct stent deformation or malapposition. This novel technique has been successfully adopted in 20 patients with complex (55% unprotected left main, 85% Medina 1,1,1 lesions) true bifurcated lesions undergoing drug-eluting-stent implantation. CONCLUSIONS: The jailed balloon protection is a novel technique aimed at improving SB protection during provisional stenting of bifurcated lesions considered at high risk of SB compromise after MV stenting.
Francesco Burzotta; Carlo Trani; Georgios Sianos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  EuroIntervention : journal of EuroPCR in collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1969-6213     ISO Abbreviation:  EuroIntervention     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-09     Completed Date:  2010-08-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101251040     Medline TA:  EuroIntervention     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  809-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Cardiology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary / adverse effects,  instrumentation,  methods*
Coronary Angiography
Coronary Artery Disease / physiopathology,  radiography,  therapy*
Coronary Circulation
Drug-Eluting Stents
Fluoroscopy / instrumentation
Phantoms, Imaging
Treatment Outcome
Ultrasonography, Interventional / instrumentation

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