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Prospective Application of Pre-Defined Intravascular Ultrasound Criteria for Assessment of Intermediate Left Main Coronary Artery Lesions Results From the Multicenter LITRO Study.
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PMID:  21757111     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: This study is a prospective validation of 6 mm(2) as a minimum lumen area (MLA) cutoff value for revascularization of left main coronary artery (LMCA) lesions.
BACKGROUND: Lesions involving the LMCA are prognostically relevant. Angiography has important limitations in the evaluation of LMCA lesions with intermediate severity. An MLA of 6 mm(2) assessed by intravascular ultrasound has been proposed as a cutoff value to determine lesion severity, but there are no large studies evaluating the prospective application and safety of this approach.
METHODS: We have designed a multicenter, prospective study. Consecutive patients with intermediate lesions in unprotected LMCA were evaluated with intravascular ultrasound. An MLA <6 mm(2) was used as criterion for revascularization.
RESULTS: A total of 354 patients were included in 22 centers. LMCA revascularization was performed in 90.5% (152 of 168) of patients with an MLA <6 mm(2) and was deferred in 96% (179 of 186) of patients with an MLA of 6 mm(2) or more. A large scatter was observed between both groups regarding angiographic parameters. In a 2-year follow-up period, cardiac death-free survival was 97.7% in the deferred group versus 94.5% in the revascularized group (p = 0.5), and event-free survival was 87.3% versus 80.6%, respectively (p = 0.3). In the 2-year period, only 8 (4.4%) patients in the deferred group required subsequent LMCA revascularization, none with an infarction.
CONCLUSIONS: Angiographic measurements are not reliable in the assessment of intermediate LMCA lesions. An MLA of 6 mm(2) or more is a safe value for deferring revascularization of the LMCA, given the application of the clinical and angiographic inclusion criteria used in this study.
Jose M de la Torre Hernandez; Felipe Hernández Hernandez; Fernando Alfonso; Jose R Rumoroso; Ramon Lopez-Palop; Mario Sadaba; Pilar Carrillo; Juan Rondan; Iñigo Lozano; Juan M Ruiz Nodar; Jose A Baz; Eduard Fernandez Nofrerias; Fernando Pajin; Tamara Garcia Camarero; Hipolito Gutierrez;
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Cardiology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1558-3597     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8301365     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hospital Marques de Valdecilla, IFIMAV, Santander, Spain.
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