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Articles by T Ohba
Total Records ( 2 ) for T Ohba
  S Yokoyama , M Takano , M Yamamoto , S Inami , S Sakai , K Okamatsu , S Okuni , K Seimiya , D Murakami , T Ohba , R Uemura , Y Seino , N Hata and K. Mizuno

Background— Although coronary angiograms after bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation show late luminal narrowing beyond 4 years, the detailed changes inside the BMS have not yet been fully elucidated.

Methods and Results— Serial angiographic and angioscopic examinations were performed immediately (baseline), 6 to 12 months (first follow-up), and ≥4 years (second follow-up) after stenting without target lesion revascularization in 26 segments of 26 patients who received BMS deployment for their native coronary arteries. Angioscopic observation showed atherosclerotic yellow plaque crushed out by stent struts in 22 patients (85%) and mural thrombus in 21 patients (81%) at baseline. At first follow-up, white neointimal hyperplasia was almost completely buried inside the struts, and both yellow plaque and thrombus had decreased in comparison with baseline (12% and 4%, respectively; P<0.001). The frequencies of yellow plaque and thrombus increased from the first to second follow-ups (58% and 31%, respectively; P<0.05). All of the yellow plaques in the second follow-up were located not exterior to the struts but protruding from the vessel wall into the lumen. Late luminal narrowing, defined as an increasing of percent diameter stenosis between the first and second follow-ups, was greater in segments with yellow plaque than in those without yellow plaque (18.4±17.3% versus 3.6±4.2%, respectively; P=0.011).

Conclusions— This angiographic and angioscopic study suggests that white neointima of the BMS may often change into yellow plaque over an extended period of time, and atherosclerotic progression inside the BMS may contribute to late luminal narrowing.

  M Takano , M Yamamoto , M Mizuno , D Murakami , T Inami , N Kimata , K Murai , N Kobayashi , K Okamatsu , T Ohba , Y Seino and K. Mizuno

Late vascular responses after implantation of drug-eluting stents may play a key role in steadily increasing occurrence of very late stent thrombosis have not yet been fully investigated in human beings.

Methods and Results—

Serial optical coherence tomography observations at 2 and 4 years were collected for 17 patients treated with 21 sirolimus-eluting stents. Corresponding 376 cross sections within single-stent segments at intervals of 1 mm were selected for analyses, and neointimal thickness on each strut was measured. Extrastent lumen (ESL) was defined as an external lumen of the stent. Area and angle of ESL were measured. A total of 3369 and 3221 struts were identified at 2 and 4 years, respectively. From 2 to 4 years, mean neointimal thickness increased (76.8±75.6 µm versus 123.0±102.5 µm; P<0.0001), whereas frequency of patients with uncovered struts decreased (88% versus 29%; P=0.002). Although prevalence of patients that had ESL was similar (59% of 2 years versus 65% of 4 years; P=1.0), the cross sections with ESL increased (9.6% versus 15.2%; P=0.02). Moreover, area and angle of ESL increased from 2 to 4 years (0.28±0.27 mm2 versus 0.62±0.68 mm2 and 16.6±5.4° versus 65.1±38.4°; P<0.01, respectively). The incidence of subclinical thrombus did not decrease (24% at 2 years versus 29% at 4 years; P=1.0). All thrombi were identified in patients who had cross sections with ESL.


The current serial optical coherence tomography study showed an augmentation of neointimal growth at the late phase of sirolimus-eluting stent implantation. ESL may contribute to thrombus formation and ESL of sirolimus-eluting stents expanded from 2 to 4 years.

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