CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 255–259

Conformation of Adjacent Self-expanding Stents: A Cross-Sectional In Vitro Study

  • Marion Hughes
  • Andrew R. Forauer
  • Mats Lindh
  • Wojciech Cwikiel


We examined the proximal conformation of three commonly used self-expanding stents when the stents were deployed adjacent to one another in a tubular model, simulating a “kissing” stent technique. The stent pairs were evaluated by computed tomogrphy to determine the cross-sectional area excluded by the stents within the model. The mean areas associated with each stent pair were compared and significance evaluated by a t-test. A statistically significant difference was found when the area excluded by adjacent Wallstents was compared with both the Luminexx and SMART stents (p < 0.001 and p < 0.002, respectively). The difference in the area excluded and differences in conformation might play a role in the lower patencies that have been observed in “kissing” stent series.


Stents Interventional procedures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Hughes
    • 1
  • Andrew R. Forauer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mats Lindh
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wojciech Cwikiel
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Vascular & Interventional RadiologyUniversity of Michigan Medical CenterAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Vascular Interventional RadiologyDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterLebanonUSA
  3. 3.Radiology DepartmentUniversity Hospital MASMalmöSweden

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