Formation of a neo-carina has been reported after bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) implantation over side-branches. However, as this 'neo-carina' could protrude into the main-branch, its hemodynamic impact remains unknown. We present two cases of BVS implantation for ostial side-branch lesions, and investigate the flow patterns at follow-up and their potential impact. Computational fluid dynamics analysis was performed, using a 3D mesh created by fusion of 3-dimensional angiogram with optical coherence tomography images. In our first case, mild disturbances were seen when 'neo-carina' did not protrude perpendicularly into the main branch. In the second case, extensive flow re-distribution was observed due to a more pronounced protrusion of the 'neo-carina'. Importantly, these areas of hemodynamic disturbance were observed together with lumen narrowing in a non-stenotic vessel segment. Our case observations highlight the importance of investigating the hemodynamic consequences of BVS implantation in bifurcation lesions and illustrate a novel method to do so in vivo. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|