Contemporary Stent Treatment of Coronary Bifurcations
Keywords:coronary artery disease, coronary angioplasty, coronary stents, restenosis, bifurcation lesions
Treatment of coronary bifurcations is a tantalizing problem of interventional cardiology. The introduction of drug-eluting stents (DES) reduced restenosis in the main branch. However, restenosis at the ostium of the side branch remains a problem. While stenting the main branch with provisional side branch stenting seems to be the prevailing approach, in the era of DES various two-stent techniques emerged (???crush??) or were re-introduced (???V?? or ???simultaneous kissing stents??, ???crush??, ???T??, ???culottes??, ???Y??, ???Skirt??) to allow stenting in the side branch when needed.
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