Composition of thrombi in late drug-eluting stent thrombosis versus de novo acute myocardial infarction

Department of Cardiology, Miyazaki Medical Association Hospital, and Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan.
Thrombosis Research (Impact Factor: 2.45). 11/2009; 126(3):254-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.thromres.2009.11.010
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To determine the compositions of thrombi in DES thrombosis and de novo AMI, we histologically examined 9 patients with late/very late DES thrombosis and 29 with AMI who had undergone thrombus removal via an aspiration catheter. All DES thrombi were composed of aggregated platelets and fibrin, along with erythrocytes and white blood cells. Immunohistochemical staining revealed constitutive presence of GPIIb/IIIa, fibrin, glycophorin A, P2Y12 receptor, VWF, and CD16 positive cells in all thrombi, findings that were similar to those of de novo AMI. P2Y12 receptor colocalized with GPIIb/IIIa. CD34-positive cells were occasionally found in small clusters, and covered organizing thrombi. Eosinophils were evident in 5 patients with DES thrombosis, as a minor component. The immunopositive areas (%) or cell numbers did not differ between late/very late DES thrombi and de novo coronary thrombi. The similar composition of late DES and de novo coronary thrombi suggests the importance of intensive platelet inhibition and the similar mechanisms of symptomatic thrombus formation in patients with DES implantation and de novo AMI.

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