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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter September 22, 2018

Vascular response towards biodegradable sirolimus-eluting polymeric scaffolds in the porcine model

  • Sabine Kischkel EMAIL logo , Carsten M. Bünger , Anja Püschel , Wolfgang Schareck , Klaus-Peter Schmitz and Niels Grabow


In this study, PLLA-based sirolimus-eluting polymer scaffolds and permanent bare-metal stents (316L) were implanted interventionally into both common carotid arteries (CCA) of 6 female pigs via the left common iliac artery (8F-sheath). The pigs were administered dual antiplatelet drugs peroral starting 3 days before the procedure until the end of the study. Stented CCA segments were explanted after 12 weeks, and processed for quantitative histomorphometry, and estimation of vascular inflammation and injury scores. SIR/polymer scaffolds showed a decreased residual lumen area and higher restenosis after 12 weeks (4.45 ± 2.23 mm² and 61.68 ± 22.39%) as compared to the 316L reference stent (16.53 ± 1.23 mm² and 6.65 ± 1.30%). After 12 weeks, inflammation score and vascular injury score were higher in the SIR/polymer group (1.90 ± 1.15 and 1.26 ± 0.87) compared to the 316L group (0.57 ± 0.37 and 0.83 ± 0.34).

Published Online: 2018-09-22
Published in Print: 2018-09-01

© 2018 the author(s), published by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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