Comparison of coronary lesions obtained by directional coronary atherectomy in unstable angina, stable angina, and restenosis after either atherectomy or angioplasty

Am J Cardiol. 1995 Apr 1;75(10):675-82. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(99)80652-3.


The present study investigated the incidence of the histopathologic lesions and of growth factor expression in a consecutive series of directional coronary atherectomy (DCA) samples from 40 unstable angina pectoris patients without prior acute myocardial infarction and compared the findings with those obtained in DCA samples from 18 patients with stable angina without previous infarction and 18 patients with restenosis. We investigated coronary thrombosis, neointimal hyperplasia, and inflammation. For unstable angina, we correlated the angiographic Ambrose plaque subtypes with the histopathologic findings. The immunophenotype of plaque cells and the growth factor expression were assessed with specific antibodies for cell characterization and for the expression of basic fibroblast and platelet-derived AA and AB growth factors and receptors. The incidence of coronary thrombosis was 35% in patients with unstable angina, 17% in those with stable angina, and 11% in patients with restenosis. Neointimal hyperplasia was found in 38% of unstable angina cases, in 17% of stable angina cases, and in 83% of restenosis cases. Inflammation without thrombus or accelerated progression occurred in 20% of unstable angina and 6% of stable angina samples. In 52% of unstable angina cases, inflammation coexisted with thrombosis and/or neointimal hyperplasia. In the unstable angina group, 71% of the plaques with thrombus had a corresponding angiographic pattern of complicated lesions. The growth factor expression, reported as percentage of cells immunostaining with different growth factor antibodies, was highest in restenosis, followed by unstable angina and stable angina lesions.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angina Pectoris / epidemiology
  • Angina Pectoris / metabolism
  • Angina Pectoris / pathology
  • Angina Pectoris / surgery*
  • Angina, Unstable / epidemiology
  • Angina, Unstable / metabolism
  • Angina, Unstable / pathology
  • Angina, Unstable / surgery*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary*
  • Atherectomy, Coronary*
  • Coronary Disease / epidemiology
  • Coronary Disease / metabolism
  • Coronary Disease / pathology
  • Coronary Disease / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / analysis
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Incidence
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / analysis
  • Recurrence


  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2