Optical coherence tomography guided directional atherectomy with antirestenotic therapy for femoropopliteal arterial disease

J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2019 Apr;60(2):191-197. doi: 10.23736/S0021-9509.19.10843-9. Epub 2019 Jan 18.


Background: Optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided directional atherectomy enables a real-time visualization of the arterial wall during plaque debulking and might optimize vessel preparation prior to drug-coated balloon (DCB) angioplasty. Nonetheless there is a paucity of data reporting on the outcomes of OCT-guided directional atherectomy with antirestenotic therapy (DAART). Aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of OCT-guided DAART in the treatment of femoropopliteal atherosclerosis.

Methods: Patients treated by OCT-guided DAART for femoropopliteal occlusive disease between January 2015 and December 2016 were included into this retrospective, single-center, single-arm analysis. The primary measure outcome of this study was primary patency rate (PPR). Secondary outcomes were technical success rate (TSR), secondary patency rate (SPR) and freedom from target lesion revascularization (TLR).

Results: Thirty-three patients (N.=33, mean age 67±8 years) and 37 lesions were included into this analysis. The median follow-up time was 15 months (interquartile ratio (IQR): 4-21). The majority of patients presented with lifestyle limiting claudication (N.=25, 75%) and de novo atherosclerotic disease (N.=25, 68%). Median lesion length was 70 mm (IQR: 27-104), while 35% (N.=13) of the lesions were chronic total occlusions. Vessel wall calcification was present in 22% (N.=8) of the treated vessels. The mean luminal gain after atherectomy was 52±17% and the median gain after DAART amounted to 68% (IQR: 58-91). The TSR was 95%. The overall 12 months PPR was 93% whereas the SPR and the freedom from TLR at 12 months were 95% and 100% respectively. A single target vessel perforation (N.=1, 3%) and 2 peripheral embolizations (N.=2, 5%) were observed. The bailout stenting rate was 3% (N.=1) and the final angiography did not reveal any flow limiting dissection. An aneurysmatic degeneration of the target vessel was observed in 2 lesions (5%).

Conclusions: In this study, OCT-guided DAART was associated with sufficient luminal gain, low rates of bailout stenting and perioperative adverse events and led to very promising 12-month outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Balloon* / adverse effects
  • Angioplasty, Balloon* / instrumentation
  • Atherectomy / adverse effects
  • Atherectomy / methods*
  • Cardiovascular Agents / administration & dosage
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible
  • Constriction, Pathologic
  • Female
  • Femoral Artery* / diagnostic imaging
  • Femoral Artery* / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease / diagnostic imaging
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease / physiopathology
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease / therapy*
  • Popliteal Artery* / diagnostic imaging
  • Popliteal Artery* / physiopathology
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Access Devices
  • Vascular Patency


  • Cardiovascular Agents
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible