Wolfgang Bocksch

Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Treatment of bare metal in-stent restenosis with the paclitaxel-coated balloon catheter based on the PACCOCATH® technology has yielded superior six-month angiographic and one-year clinical results compared to a paclitaxel-eluting stent. The three-year clinical follow-up is presented. Methods and results: One hundred and thirty-one patients with coronary bare metal in-stent restenosis (>70%, length: <22 mm, vessel diameter: 2.5-3.5 mm) were randomly treated with the paclitaxel-coated balloon (DCB) (3 µg/mm²) or a paclitaxel-eluting stent (DES). Clinical follow-up information was requested from the patients and from their physicians. Quantitative angiographic and demographic baseline data were statistically not different between the groups. Per intention-to-treat analysis at 12 months, the lesion-related rates of major adverse cardiac events were 7.6% and 16.9% (p=0.11) while at 36 months the respective numbers were 9.1% and 18.5% (p=0.14). These differences were primarily due to reduced target lesion revascularisation (TLR) in DCB 4/66 (6.2%) compared to DES patients 10/65 (15.4%) (p=0.10). From 12 to 36 months, 1/65 (1.5%) DCB patients experienced a myocardial infarction while neither TLR nor death occurred in any study patient in either group during that period. Conclusions: The six-month superiority of the paclitaxel-coated balloon compared to the paclitaxel-eluting stent in the treatment of bare metal coronary in-stent restenosis persisted throughout the three-year clinical follow-up period indicating stability of the lesions treated. (Clinical Trials.gov Identifier: NCT00393315).
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    ABSTRACT: Background. Benefits of cardiac screening in kidney transplant candidates (KTC) will be dependent on the availability of effective interventions. We retrospectively evaluated characteristics and outcome of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in KTC selected for revascularization by a cardiac screening approach. Methods. In 267 patients evaluated 2003 to 2006, screening tests performed were reviewed and PCI characteristics correlated with major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) during a follow-up of 55 months. Results. Stress tests in 154 patients showed ischemia in 28 patients (89% high risk). Of 58 patients with coronary angiography, 38 had significant stenoses and 18 cardiac interventions (6.7% of all). 29 coronary lesions in 17/18 patients were treated by PCI. Angiographic success rate was 93.1%, but procedural success rate was only 86.2%. Long lesions (P = 0.029) and diffuse disease (P = 0.043) were associated with MACE. In high risk patients, cardiac screening did not improve outcome as 21.7% of patients with versus 15.5% of patients without properly performed cardiac screening had MACE (P = 0.319). Conclusion. The moderate procedural success of PCI and poor outcome in long and diffuse coronary lesions underscore the need to define appropriate revascularization strategies in KTC, which will be a prerequisite for cardiac screening to improve outcome in these high-risk patients.
    Journal of Transplantation 06/2014; 2014:854397. DOI:10.1155/2014/854397
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    ABSTRACT: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with aspirin (ASA) and clopidogrel (Clp) is the standard treatment to reduce ischaemic coronary events, but in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) the efficacy of Clp remains unclear. Patients with ESRD are at higher risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and also their post-interventional outcome is worse compared to patients with normal renal function. Little is known about the influence of haemodialysis (HD) on ASA and Clp responsiveness. To assess the effect of HD on ASA- and Clp-responsiveness in patients with documented CAD and ESRD, 31 patients with ESRD (mean age 66.5 ± 1.8 years, 23 male ) on DAPT were evaluated for their ASA and Clp responsiveness with the Verify Now System (Accumetrics Inc.) We measured the antiplatelet effect in all ESRD patients at three time points: T1: just before HD; T2: directly after HD; T3: steady state on a HD free day one week after T1. In our study at baseline 10 (32.3%) patients were ASA-low responder (ASA-LR) and 14 (45.2%) patients Clp-low responder (Clp-LR). There was a significant difference in the PRU values before ( T1) and immediately after HD (T2) [PRU T1=234 (169; 274) vs PRUT2= 247 (199; 278); pT1,2=0.036; ]. Results were shown as median ARU T1 (25th, 75th percentile) or median PRU T1 (25th, 75th percentile). Hence HD seems to impair responsiveness to Clp, resulting in an increase of 6.5 % Clp-LR. No significant differences in the ARU values at the different time-points were found.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 12/2013; 111(4). DOI:10.1160/TH13-04-0289 · 5.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)-related risks are increased among patients with left main disease (LMD). The aim was to evaluate the impact of antithrombotic therapy on outcomes after LMD PCI in a predominantly ACS population. Methods and results: One hundred and seventy-seven patients undergoing LMD PCI were identified in a pooled dataset of 14,326 patients from three large randomised trials comparing treatment with heparin plus glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPI) or bivalirudin alone, including the REPLACE-2, ACUITY and HORIZONS-AMI trials. Overall, net adverse clinical events (NACE) and non-CABG major bleedings at 30 days occurred more frequently in patients undergoing LMD PCI compared to the overall non-LMD PCI population (NACE: 19.8% vs. 10.6%, p≤0.001, major bleeding: 9.6% vs. 4.6%, p≤0.001). In the LMD group, bivalirudin was associated with significantly less non-CABG related major bleeding compared to heparin+GPI (4.5% versus 14.6%, relative risk (RR) 0.27, 95% CI: 0.09-0.83;p=0.013), while the composite ischaemic endpoint (death/MI/TVR) at 30 days was similar in the two groups (11.4% vs. 12.4%, p=0.513) resulting in a benefit on NACE for bivalirudin over heparin+GPI (14.8% vs. 24.7%; RR 0.53; p=0.039). Conclusions: Among patients undergoing LMD PCI, the use of bivalirudin instead of heparin+GPI resulted in significantly less major bleeding and improved short-term net clinical outcome. Bivalirudin may be the preferred anticoagulation strategy in LMD PCI patients.
    EuroIntervention: journal of EuroPCR in collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology 09/2013; 10(1). DOI:10.4244/EIJV10I1A16 · 3.76 Impact Factor
  • Wolfgang Bocksch, André Schneider, Matthias Leschke
    08/2013; 2(04):262-268. DOI:10.1055/s-0032-1325078
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    ABSTRACT: Although vascular plugs allow the interventional closure of medium-sized to large abnormal vessels, their application is limited by the need for long sheaths or large guiding catheters. The authors report their experience with the new Amplatzer vascular plug 4 (AVP 4), a self-expanding spindle-shaped occluder made of Nitinol wire mash, which can be placed through 4-Fr catheters with an internal diameter of 0.038 in. or larger. From October 2009 until June 2012, 14 AVP 4 devices were deployed in 12 patients (ages, 0.3-48.8 years). Nine patients had venovenous or arteriovenous collaterals in functional univentricular hearts. One patient had pulmonary atresia with a ventricular septal defect and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries, and one patient had a pulmonary arteriovenous fistula. One child had a large coronary artery fistula to the right atrium. The authors used AVP 4 devices with diameters of 4-8 mm. In all the patients, the AVP 4 was implanted successfully. No occluder dislocations and no complications related to the procedure occurred. Complete vessel occlusion was achieved in seven cases. In seven additional cases, a residual shunt was present at the end of the procedure while the patients were still fully heparinized. In 2 of 14 vessels, the decision was made to place additional devices to abolish residual shunting. According to the authors' experience, the AVP 4 allows safe and effective occlusion of medium-size and large abnormal vessels. It is also well suited for tortuous high-flow vessels such as coronary or pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas. In case of a suboptimal position, it is possible to reposition the occluder with ease. Further studies are needed to determine whether initial residual shunting in heparinized patients disappears during follow-up care. The AVP 4 represents a valuable new device for the interventional treatment of complex congenital vessel malformations.
    Pediatric Cardiology 04/2013; 34(7). DOI:10.1007/s00246-013-0701-9 · 1.55 Impact Factor
  • Kardiologie up2date 10/2012; 08(03):188-192. DOI:10.1055/s-0032-1325670
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    ABSTRACT: It is well accepted that drug-eluting stents (DES) are effective in reducing restenosis, although implantation of DES may result in increased occurrence of stent thrombosis. The study describes the case of a patient with very late stent thrombosis (VLST) despite intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) control after implantation of a paclitaxel-eluting stent, an adequate response to antiplatelet therapy, and the lack of distinct risk factors for VLST. Stent thrombosis remains a serious complication after stent implantation even after prolonged time, and studies are urgently needed to optimize diagnosis and treatment of VLST.
    Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis 08/2012; 23(7):666-8. DOI:10.1097/MBC.0b013e3283563150 · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study presents long-term clinical follow-up, including binary restenosis rate and major adverse cardiovascular events, of the PACCOCATH-ISR (Treatment of In-Stent Restenosis by Paclitaxel Coated PTCA Balloons) I and II trial. The PACCOCATH-ISR trial was a first-in-human study with a drug-coated balloon catheter and the first study for the treatment of coronary ISR with a drug-coated balloon. So, far no long-term follow-up data have been presented. This study enrolled 108 patients in a randomized, double-blinded multicenter trial on the efficacy and safety of a paclitaxel-coated balloon (3 μg/mm(2) balloon surface; PACCOCATH [Bayer AG, Germany]) compared with an uncoated balloon. The main inclusion criteria were a diameter stenosis of ≥ 70% and <30-mm length with a vessel diameter of 2.5 to 3.5 mm. The primary endpoint was angiographic late lumen loss in-segment after 6 months. Combined antiplatelet therapy was continued only for 1 month followed by treatment with aspirin alone. During a follow-up of 5.4 ± 1.2 years, the clinical event rate was significantly reduced in patients treated with the drug-coated balloon (major adverse cardiovascular events: 59.3% vs. 27.8%, p = 0.009), which was mainly driven by the reduction of target lesion revascularization from 38.9% to 9.3% (p = 0.004). Treatment of coronary ISR with paclitaxel-coated balloon catheters is safe and persistently reduces repeat revascularization during long-term follow-up. The initial results were sustained over the 5-year period. (Treatment of In-Stent Restenosis by Paclitaxel Coated PTCA Balloons [PACCOCATH ISR I]; NCT00106587. Treatment of In-Stent Restenosis by Paclitaxel Coated PTCA Balloons [PACCOCATH ISR II]; NCT00409981).
    JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions 03/2012; 5(3):323-30. DOI:10.1016/j.jcin.2012.01.008 · 7.44 Impact Factor
  • Transplantation 01/2012; 94(10S):385. DOI:10.1097/00007890-201211271-00710 · 3.78 Impact Factor
  • DMW - Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 09/2011; 136(39):1971-3. DOI:10.1055/s-0031-1286374 · 0.55 Impact Factor
  • DMW - Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 09/2011; 136(39):1959-63. DOI:10.1055/s-0031-1286370 · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report on a 42-year-old patient who presented with acute chest pain which occurred during defaecation. History revealed no cardiovascular risk factors. ECG and laboratory testing showed an non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Coronary angiography revealed an embolic occlusion of the ramus intermedius. As origin of the embolus a deep vein thrombosis and a persistent foramen ovale (PFO) was diagnosed. We occluded the PFO with an Amplatz occluder. Because of the traumatic deep vein thrombosis phenprocoumon and clopdiogrel were given for 6 months. Patients with no cardiovascular risk profile, who present with typical chest pain, an embolic cause is an important differential diagnosis. Especially history is very helpful for the correct diagnosis. Interventional occlusion of PFO is a simple and safe approach for patients with symptomatic PFO regarding no permanent antithrombotic medication.
    DMW - Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 04/2011; 136(15):781. DOI:10.1055/s-0030-1247623 · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Paclitaxel-coated stents have proven their efficacy for reducing restenosis in de novo coronary artery lesions and in-stent restenoses with superiority compared to bare metal stents. This study was performed to evaluate the procedural and 1 year results of the Paclitaxel-eluting Coroflex Please stent in coronary artery lesions. One-hundred and twenty-nine patients (66.2 +/- 8.2 years, 31.0% diabetics, 20.2% unstable angina, 41.8% multivessel disease) were enrolled per protocol for elective single stent deployment into native de novo or post-PTCA restenotic coronary lesions.The mean reference diameter was 2.84 +/- 0.43 mm, the lesion length 12.51 +/- 4.6 mm, and the minimal lumen diameter 0.75 +/- 0.29 mm. Follow-up was performed clinically in 129/129 (100%) after 6 and 12 months and angiographically in 120/129 (93%) patients after 6 months. The success rates of the procedure and deployment were 100% and 95.3%, respectively. The in-stent late loss and the late-loss index were 0.27 +/- 0.59 mm and 0.17 +/- 0.40 resulting in binary in-stent restenoses in 16/120 (13.3%) subjects and in-segment restenoses in 20/120 (16.7%) subjects. Major adverse cardiac events occurred in 23/129 (17.8%) during the first 6 months of follow-up with 3/129 (2.3%) myocardial infarctions, 1/129 (0.8%) secondary to stent thrombosis. From 6 to 12 months, 2/129 (1.6%) nonlesion related PCI were performed. The data of the Paclitaxel-eluting Coroflex Please stent evaluated in PECOPS II are within the range of the other currently available Paclitaxel-eluting stent.
    Journal of Interventional Cardiology 03/2010; 23(2):160-6. DOI:10.1111/j.1540-8183.2010.00529.x · 1.32 Impact Factor
  • Circulation 02/2010; 121(6). DOI:10.1161/CIR.0b013e3181d22bef · 14.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The evaluation of drug-eluting devices in humans should include longterm follow-up owing to risk of late target vessel thrombosis with the possible fatal sequel. Therefore, the three-year clinical outcome of the paclitaxel-eluting Corofiex Please stent in patients with de-novo coronary lesions was evaluated in the single-arm PECOPS I pilot study. The clinical data of 123/125 (98.4%) of all patients included were available 3.05 +/- 0.12 years following stent deployment. In the intention-to-treat analysis the incidence of cardiac death was 9/123 (7.3%), of myocardial infarction 4/123 (3.3%), and of in-segment target lesion revascularization 14/123 (11.4%). Target lesion revascularizations tended (p = 0.30) to occur less frequently (9/96 (16.6%)) in those patients in whom the stent length was longer than the lesion (4.80 +/- 2.71 mm) compared to 5/27 (18.5%) in those patients in whom the stent was shorter than the lesion (-3.0 +/- 2.43 mm). Stent thromboses occurred in 2/123 (1.6%) patients during the first 6 months, one of which two days after premature discontinuation of clopidogrel. The total 3-year MACE rate was 22/123 (17.9%). The present study describes the paclitaxel-eluting Corotlex Please stent as a safe device with good long term performance when deployed in native coronary arteries. The occurrence of late major adverse events and late thromboses in particular seem to be very low.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 11/2009; 74(5):674-82. DOI:10.1002/ccd.22087 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment of in-stent restenosis with paclitaxel-coated balloon catheter as compared with plain balloon angioplasty has shown surprisingly low late lumen loss at 6 months and fewer major adverse cardiac events up to 2 years. We compared the efficacy and safety of a paclitaxel-coated balloon with a paclitaxel-eluting stent as the current standard of care. One hundred thirty-one patients with coronary in-stent restenosis were randomly assigned to treatment by a paclitaxel-coated balloon (3 microg/mm2) or a paclitaxel-eluting stent. The main inclusion criteria encompassed diameter stenosis of > or =70% and < or =22 mm in length, with a vessel diameter of 2.5 to 3.5 mm. The primary end point was angiographic in-segment late lumen loss. Quantitative coronary angiography revealed no differences in baseline parameters. At 6 months follow-up, in-segment late lumen loss was 0.38+/-0.61 mm in the drug-eluting stent group versus 0.17+/-0.42 mm (P=0.03) in the drug-coated balloon group, resulting in a binary restenosis rate of 12 of 59 (20%) versus 4 of 57 (7%; P=0.06). At 12 months, the rate of major adverse cardiac events were 22% and 9%, respectively (P=0.08). This difference was primarily due to the need for target lesion revascularization in 4 patients (6%) in the coated-balloon group, compared with 10 patients (15%) in the stent group (P=0.15). Treatment of coronary in-stent restenosis with the paclitaxel-coated balloon was at least as efficacious and as well tolerated as the paclitaxel-eluting stent. For the treatment of in-stent restenosis, inhibition of re-restenosis does not require a second stent implantation.
    Circulation 06/2009; 119(23):2986-94. DOI:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.108.839282 · 14.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a chronic vasculitis, affecting young women in 80-90% of cases with greatest prevalence in Asians. As exudative pericarditis is an extremely rare, but a possible manifestation of TA, we report on a young women who presented with recurrent febrile pericardial effusion as primary manifestation of TA.
    International journal of cardiology 03/2009; 145(1):e33-5. DOI:10.1016/j.ijcard.2008.12.133 · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to evaluate safety, efficacy, and long-term clinical outcome of percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO closure) in a low volume center using the Amplatzer PFO occluder without echocardiographic guidance. Most centers perform PFO closure either by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) or intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) guidance for optimal device selection. As TEE is poorly tolerated by patients in supine position and ICE is a costly alternative that increases vascular access complications, we wanted to assess the safety and efficacy of PFO closure by fluoroscopic guidance only. Before PFO closure, all patients had a diagnostic contrast-TEE and morphological classification of PFO. All PFO closures were performed using the 25-mm Amplatzer PFO occluder with fluoroscopic guidance only. Intraprocedural echocardiography was replaced by right atrial opacification using contrast angiography. Contrast TEE was done after 6 weeks, contrast TTE after 3, 6, and 12 months postprocedural. In all 92 patients (52.4 +/- 1.5 years), a 25-mm Amplatzer PFO occluder was implanted in the correct position. Total fluoroscopic time was 8.4 +/- 0.6 minutes and the application of contrast medium was 122.5 +/- 5.8 mL. By contrast-TEE, 12 patients (13 %) showed a small residual shunt (grade 1). During follow-up (2.09 +/- 0.13 years) two patients (2.1%) suffered from a recurrent event (TIA in both cases). Percutaneous closure of PFO using the 25-mm Amplatzer PFO occluder guided by fluoroscopy only is a safe and efficacious intervention for nearly all patients.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 02/2009; 73(3):361-6. DOI:10.1002/ccd.21859 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this registry was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of the Coroflex Blue cobalt-chromium stent in real-world practice. The development of cobalt-chromium bare-metal stents (BMS) with thinner struts has lead to better deliverability and lower target-lesion revascularization rates compared with stainless steel BMS. The Coroflex Blue Registry was an international, prospective, multicenter registry enrolling patients with symptomatic ischemic heart disease attributable to single de novo or restenotic nonstented lesions of a single vessel amenable for percutaneous stenting. The primary end point was clinically driven target-lesion revascularisation (TLR) 6 months after enrolment, secondary endpoints were technical/procedural success, in-hospital outcome, definite stent thrombosis and major adverse cardiac events (death, myocardial infarction, or TLR) after 6 months. The registry included 2,315 patients (mean age 64.3 +/- 11.1 years, 19.8% diabetes, 37.3% acute myocardial infarction). Although a complex lesion cohort with 60.3% Typ B(2)/C-lesions, the technical success rate was 99.1% and the procedural success rate 98.5%. The incidence of TLR after 6 months was 5.5% and the cumulative 6-month acute/subacute stent thrombosis rate was 1.6%. After 6 months cumulative event-free survival was 90.8% in all patients and 87% in patients with acute PCI for acute myocardial infarction. This registry demonstrates the safety and efficacy of the Coroflex Blue cobalt-chromium stent platform in real-world practice. In the era of drug-eluting stents (DES), these results raise the serious question if the use of DES for primary prevention of restenosis and TLR is really justified.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 01/2009; 75(1):78-85. DOI:10.1002/ccd.22208 · 2.40 Impact Factor

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  • 2012–2013
    • Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
      Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 2011–2013
    • University of Tuebingen
      • Institute for Physiology
      Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 2005–2010
    • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
      • • Medical Outpatient Department
      • • Medical Department, Division of Cardiology
      • • Medical Department, Division of Nephrology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine
      Berlín, Berlin, Germany
  • 1995–2009
    • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
      • Department of Biology
      Berlín, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006
    • Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes
      Homburg, Saarland, Germany
  • 1995–2002
    • Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin
      • Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
      Berlín, Berlin, Germany