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Repeat late instent-stenosis after an interval of four years in the same lesion after bare-metal and drug-eluting stent: a case report

Cases Journal20092:9407

https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1626-2-9407

Received: 6 November 2009

Accepted: 31 December 2009

Published: 31 December 2009

Abstract

In 2001, a 71-year old male was admitted to our hospital with unstable angina. The angiography revealed 2-vessel disease with a 90% stenosis of the proximal LAD. A bare-metal stent was implanted. Four years later the angiography showed a 80% instent-stenosis in the bare-metal stent but no progress at the other coronary arteries. A DES was implanted. Again, four years later, the patient presented with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Angiography showed a 90% instent-restenosis, again without any progession of coronary artery disease in the other vessels. Again a DES implanted. Therefore the processes involved in the late instent-stenosis were not influenced by the antiproliferative agent sirolimus

Case presentation

In April 2001 a 71-year old male (German) was admitted to our hospital with unstable angina. Blood pressure at admission was 160/80 mmHg, LDL cholesterol was 127 mg/dl and no diabetes exist. The electrocardiogram showed persistent atrial fibrillation with negative T-waves in leads V2-V5. The angiography revealed 2-vessel disease with a 90% stenosis of the proximal LAD (Figure 1a). A bare-metal stent (3.0/18 mm) was implanted (Figure 1b). Aspirin und clopidogrel were prescribed against stent-thrombosis by the use of bare-metal stent for 4 weeks followed by oral anticoagulation with a vitamin-K antagonist (INR 2-3, phenprocoumon). Four years later the same patient was hospitalized once again with stable angina. Blood pressure was 130/70 mmHg at admission and in the meanwhile the patient had diabetes. The angiography showed a 80% instent-stenosis in the bare-metal stent but no progress at the other coronary arteries (Figure 2a). This time a sirolimus-eluting stent (CYPHER 3.0/23 mm) was implanted (Figure 2b). Aspirin, clopidogrel and the same oral anticoagulation (phenprocoumon) were given for three months against stent-thrombosis by use of drug-eluting stent followed by oral anticoagulation alone. Again, four years later, in February 2009, the patient presented with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Blood pressure was 120/80 mmHg at admission and the patient presented with the same risk factors as prescribed. Angiography showed a 90% instent-restenosis in the LAD again without any progession of coronary artery disease in the other vessels (Figure 3a). Again, a drug-eluting stent (XIENCE V 3.0/28 mm) implanted (Figure 3b).
Figure 1

Angiography after implantation of a bare-metal stent (2001).

Figure 2

Second instent-stenosis in 2009.

Figure 3

A. Second instent-stenosis in 2009. b. Final result after PCI with drug-eluting stent in 2009.

Discussion

This case is unusual, because a late instent-stenosis was observed twice without any difference in the time interval of the clinical occurrence of the restenosis between bare-metal and drug-eluting stent [13]. Usually restenosis occurs within 6 months after stent implantation. Thereafter the annual restenosis rate is only about 1-2%. In this case, the implantation of a DES did not prolong the time-interval until the restenosis became clinically apparent. Therefore, the processes involved in the late instent-stenosis in this patient were not influenced by the antiproliferative agent sirolimus [4, 5].

Consent

Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this case report and accompanying images. A copy of the written consent is available for review by the Editor-in-Chief of this journal.

Declarations

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Cardiology Herzzentrum Ludwigshafen, Medizinische Klinik B

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