Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with higher rates of adverse cardiac events. Recent data suggest that adverse events are reduced in DM after PCI using stents with abciximab. We performed a retrospective analysis of a prospective PCI registry for all patients with DM who underwent stent placement at the Mayo Clinic from 1995 to 1997 (n = 570), and divided them into 2 groups based on whether abciximab was administered. Characterization and comparison of the clinical and angiographic variables, procedural outcomes, and short- and long-term event rates between groups was performed. The baseline clinical characteristics of the groups were similar, but patients treated with abciximab were more likely to be men with a lower left ventricular ejection fraction. Patients treated with abciximab had more multivessel intervention, saphenous vein graft intervention, and thrombus before intervention. The 30-day mortality rate (0.6% vs 3.0%, p = 0.03) and repeat PCI (0% vs 1.1%, p = 0.03) was lower in patients treated with abciximab. The 30-day rates of bypass surgery, myocardial infarction (MI), and a composite of death, MI, and revascularization were similar. The 1-year event rates did not differ significantly between patients taking and not taking abciximab for the end points of death (8.9% vs 8.8%, p = 0.97), MI (13.3% vs 11.4%, p = 0.57), bypass surgery (10.3% vs 6.2%, p = 0.20), repeat PCI (14.7% vs 15.9%, p = 0.76), and a composite of death, MI, and revascularization (30.4% vs 26.7%, p = 0.43). After adjusting for baseline variables, abciximab did not influence the occurrence of late adverse events.