1-year outcomes with the Absorb bioresorbable scaffold in patients with coronary artery disease: a patient-level, pooled meta-analysis

Lancet. 2016 Mar 26;387(10025):1277-89. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01039-9. Epub 2016 Jan 27.


Background: Compared with metallic drug-eluting stents, bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) offer the potential to improve long-term outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention. Whether or not these devices are as safe and effective as drug-eluting stents within the first year after implantation is unknown.

Methods: We did a patient-level, pooled meta-analysis of four randomised trials in which 3389 patients with stable coronary artery disease or a stabilised acute coronary syndrome were enrolled at 301 academic and medical centres in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. These patients were randomly assigned to the everolimus-eluting Absorb BVS (n=2164) or the Xience cobalt-chromium everolimus-eluting stent (CoCr-EES; n=1225). The primary endpoints were the 1-year relative rates of the patient-oriented composite endpoint (all-cause mortality, all myocardial infarction, or all revascularisation) and the device-oriented composite endpoint of target lesion failure (cardiac mortality, target vessel-related myocardial infarction, or ischaemia-driven target lesion revascularisation). All analyses were by intention to treat. The four randomised trials included in our meta-analysis are all registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, numbers NCT01751906, NCT01844284, NCT01923740, and NCT01425281.

Findings: The summary treatment effect for the 1-year relative rates of the patient-oriented composite endpoint did not differ significantly different between BVS and CoCr-EES (relative risk [RR] 1·09 [0·89-1·34], p=0·38). Similarly, the 1-year relative rates of the device-oriented composite endpoint did not differ between the groups (RR 1·22 [95% CI 0·91-1·64], p=0·17). Target vessel-related myocardial infarction was increased with BVS compared with CoCr-EES (RR 1·45 [95% CI 1·02-2·07], p=0·04), due in part to non-significant increases in peri-procedural myocardial infarction and device thrombosis with BVS (RR 2·09 [0·92-4·75], p=0·08). The relative rates of all-cause and cardiac mortality, all myocardial infarction, ischaemia-driven target lesion revascularisation, and all revascularisation did not differ between BVS and CoCr-EES. Results were similar after multivariable adjustment for baseline imbalances, and were consistent across most subgroups and in sensitivity analysis when two additional randomised trials with less than 1 year of follow-up were included.

Interpretation: In this meta-analysis, BVS did not lead to different rates of composite patient-oriented and device-oriented adverse events at 1-year follow-up compared with CoCr-EES.

Funding: Abbott Vascular.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue Scaffolds*
  • Treatment Outcome

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01425281
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01751906
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01844284
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01923740