Procedural and Long-Term Outcomes of Bioresorbable Scaffolds Versus Drug-Eluting Stents in Chronic Total Occlusions

Lorenzo Azzalini, Gennaro Giustino, Soledad Ojeda, Antonio Serra, Alessio La Manna, Hung Q. Ly, Barbara Bellini, Susanna Benincasa, Jorge Chavarría, Livia L. Gheorghe, Giovanni Longo, Eligio Miccichè, Guido D'Agosta, Fabien Picard, Manuel Pan, Corrado Tamburino, Azeem Latib, Mauro Carlino, Alaide Chieffo, Antonio Colombo

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Background - There is little evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) for the percutaneous treatment of chronic total occlusions. Methods and Results - We performed a multicenter registry of consecutive chronic total occlusion patients treated with BRS (Absorb; Abbott Vascular) and second-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) at 5 institutions. Long-term target-vessel failure (a composite of cardiac death, target-vessel myocardial infarction, and ischemia-driven target-lesion revascularization) was the primary end point. Inverse probability of treatment weight-adjusted Cox regression was used to account for pretreatment differences between the 2 groups. A total of 537 patients (n=153 BRS; n=384 DES) were included. BRS patients were younger and had lower prevalence of comorbidities. Overall mean Japan-Chronic Total Occlusion (J-CTO) score was 1.43±1.16, with no differences between groups. Procedural success was achieved in 99.3% and 96.6% of BRS- and DES-treated patients, respectively (P=0.07). At a median follow-up of 703 days, there were no differences in target-vessel failure between BRS and DES (4.6% versus 7.7%; P=0.21). By adjusted Cox regression analysis, there were still no significant differences between BRS and DES (hazard ratio, 1.54; 95% confidence interval, 0.69-3.72; P=0.34). However, secondary analyses suggested a signal toward higher ischemia-driven target-lesion revascularization with BRS. Conclusions - Implantation of BRS versus second-generation DES in chronic total occlusion was associated with similar risk of target-vessel failure at long-term follow-up. However, a signal toward increased ischemia-driven target-lesion revascularization with BRS was observed. Large randomized studies should confirm these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere004284
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • comorbidity
  • drug-eluting stents
  • follow-up studies
  • myocardial infarction
  • regression analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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