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Case Report - Interventional Cardiology (2019) Volume 11, Issue 5

Multisystem vascular disease with successful multisystem percutaneous transcatheter revascularization: Total body stenting

Corresponding Author:
Walid Hassan
Department of Cardiovascular Disease
International Medical Center, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: September 10, 2019; Accepted date: September 17, 2019; Published date: September 24, 2019


Patients with diabetes mellitus along other risk factors are vulnerable to develop micro and macro vascular disease including coronary artery, carotid, upper and lower extremities peripheral vascular disease. Physicians dealing with patients with coronary artery disease should at least suspect a disease(s) within other vascular territory or system and vies a versa for this at risk patients. We report a case of 74 year old male patient with history of heavy smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, old stroke, chronic renal impairment and chronic anemia. He was referred from another hospital, with history of recurrent, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), right upper limb and bilateral lower limb claudication, chest pain and three episodes of Non ST elevation Myocardial infarction within the last 2 months. Cardiac catheterization showed multivessel Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), severe occlusive peripheral arterial vascular disease (PAD), in addition to occluded right subclavian and critical bilateral internal carotid artery subtotal stenosis were found and managed successfully with multisystem Percutaneous Transcatheter intervention with near total body stenting.


Diabetes mellitus; Multisystem vascular disease; Transcatheter Revascularization


Having a vascular pathology in one site, raise the probability of having other sites affected by about 50% within the vascular axis [1,2]. Hence once vascular pathology found in one site for example CAD, other sites i.e. Cerebral and peripheral circulation must be assessed thoroughly, especially in patients with multiple risk factors i.e. Hypertension, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Smoking, and positive family history for CAD. Assessment should view symptoms via a meticulous history, detailed examinations to exclude signs of ischemia, and thorough investigations. This will lead to accurate diagnosis and hence adequate management.

Case Presentation

74 year old male patient with history of longstanding heavy smoking, COPD, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, chronic kidney impairment, chronic anemia, old stroke, symptomatic peripheral vascular disease including occluded right subclavian, bilateral superficial femoral arteries (SFA), right tibioperoneal (TPT) trunk, right external iliac, symptomatic bilateral critical internal carotid artery stenosis, multivessel CAD, Status post three recent episodes of Non ST elevation Myocardial infarction within 3 months prior to admission. The patient was referred from another hospital, for further investigation and managements i.e. for Coronary angiography and possible intervention at our center. On examination, patient was found to have S4 gallop, bilateral carotid bruit, feeble right upper limb circulation and pulses, monophasic bilateral anterior tibial, dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial Doppler signals. No residual neurological deficit.


ECG: sinus rhythm, 60 bpm, ischemic changes in the inferolateral leads.

Other labs: Hemoglobin 7.4 gm/dl, createnin 1.32 umol/L, GFR 71.5, HbA1c 6.2%, otherwise all labs including liver, cardiac enzymes and thyroid functions were within accepted limits.

Echocardiography: Left ventricle ejection fraction 55%, Normal global Left ventricle wall motion, no significant valvular abnormality, Normal pulmonary arterial pressure (systolic pulmonary artery pressure of 21 mmHg), no pericardial effusion. Grade II diastolic dysfunction.

He underwent coronary angiogram, carotid angiogram, and peripheral angiogram, which showed severe multivessel CAD (severe left anterior descending artery LAD 80%-90%, left circumflex LCX 80-90% stenosis and right coronary artery chronic total occlusion RCA CTO), severe bilateral left and right internal carotid artery subtotal 95% to 99%, and severe PVD with occluded right subclavian artery, occluded SFA bilaterally, right tibioperoneal (TPT) and significant right external iliac stenosis (Figures 1-12).

Figure 1: Coronary angiogram revealed severe LAD, LCX stenosis and RCA CTO.

Figure 2: LCX Angioplasty and stenting.

Figure 3: LAD Angioplasty and stenting.

Figure 4: Angioplasty and stenting to RCA CTO (A) Occluded RCA (B) Wire crossing (C) Balloon angioplasty (D) Recanalization (E) Prox mid stent (F) Stent deployment (G and H) Post stenting wide patent RCA (I) MRI Pre (J) MRI Post.

Figure 5: (A and B) Right internal carotid critical 99% stenosis (C) Emboshield distal filter NAV6 and angioplasty (D) Post XACT stent 8 × 6 × 30 mm.

Figure 6: (A) Left internal carotid critical 99% stenosis (B) Angioplasty NAV 6 Emboshield distal filter (C) XACT stent 9 × 7 × 30 mm (D and E) Post Stent.

Figure 7: (A and B) Occluded right subclavian artery (C) Antegrade and retrograde injection (D) Successful Wiring (E) Angioplasty (F) Angioplasty (G) Recanalization (H) (I) Post.

Figure 8: Right External Iliac angioplasty and stenting (A and B) Pre tight Ext Iliac artery; (C) Angioplasty (D) Stenting (7 × 59 mm balloon expandable) (E) Post.

Figure 9: (A and B) Right SFA long diffuse and total occlusion (C) Occluded right TPT (D) Angioplasty along the right common femoral, superficial femoral and popliteal.

Figure 10: Right SFA 3 self expandable stents (A) Distal SFA (B) Mid SFA (C) Proximal SFA.

Figure 11: Occluded right TPT (A) Angioplasty/Stent (B) Post Stent.

Figure 12: (A) Occluded left SFA (calcific) (B) Angioplasty (C) Angioplasty (D): Predilation (E) Supera Stent (F) Post Stent.

The patient was considered for coronary artery bypass surgery and decision was to treat his critical carotid artery stenosis first with stenting (deemed very high risk for carotid endarterectomy CEA) and his occluded right subclavian artery prior to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), and treat his peripheral bilateral superficial femoral arteries in the future sessions.

The patient has been evaluated by neurology team pre and post procedure, MRI brain showed left posterior and parietal old infarct with lacunar pontine old infarct but no acute insult or new neurological issues.

The patient underwent selective right carotid angiography, right cerebral angiography, and successful angioplasty and stenting to his subtotal occluded right internal carotid with self-expandable 8 × 6 × 30 mm XACT stent with NAV 6 Emboshield distal protection filter device after renal protection protocol (Figure 5). In the same setting we successfully treated his occluded right subclavian artery via both antegrade and retrograde approach using total occlusion wires, angioplasty balloon (7 × 40 mm Armada balloon) and stenting (8 × 60 mm self-expandable SMART Control stent) with excellent result with normalization of the right upper circulation and pulses (Figure 6). Then 3 days later the patient underwent selective left carotid angiogram and successful complex angioplasty and stenting to subtotal left internal carotid artery stenosis with another selfexpandable 9 × 7 × 39 mm XACT stent under distal protection with Emboshield NAV 6 filter device (Figure 7). There was no early or late complications, follow up post procedure MRI brain was repeated and showed no acute significant findings. Neurology team assessed the patient post procedure with no event or deficit.

Later the patient was not accepted for CABG (because of his severe co morbidities, old stroke and FEV1<1 liter) with very high STS and EURO Score for preoperative mortality, and hence multivessel coronary stenting was planned as his best option and was continued on Aspirin, clopidogril, high dose statin, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, beta blocker and nitroglycerine in addition to his non cardiac medications.

The following day the patient underwent elective multivessel coronary intervention, underwent successful complex angioplasty and drug eluting stents to LAD 2 stents (2.5 × 38 mm and 3 × 38 mm Promus Element stents, Figure 3), LCX 2 stents (3 × 18 mm and 3.5 × 12 mm Promus Element stents, Figure 2) and to complex antegrade intervention to his CTO RCA with 2 stents (3 × 38 mm and 3.5 × 38 mm Promus Premier stents) (Figure 5) with excellent result. His angina symptoms resolved post intervention; he remained stable and resolved mild contrast induced nephropathy.

He was brought back after two weeks and underwent successful complex angioplasty followed balloon expandable stent to his tight right external artery (7 × 59 mm Omnilink stent, Figure 8), and 3 self expandable peripheral stents to his occluded right SFA (5 × 150 mm, 6 × 150 mm and 6 × 60 mm Absolute Pro stents, Figures 9, 10) and coronary 4 × 38 mm Promus Premier to his occluded right TPT (Figure 11) with excellent result and 3 vessels below knee distal run off. Then we proceeded with intervention to his occluded very calcific left SFA, did angioplasty followed by Interwoven self-expandable Supera 2 stents 6 × 120 mm and 6 × 60 mm) to his calcific left SFA occlusion with very good result (Figure 12), very good distal 3 vessel run off with improvement of his ankle brachial index from 0.45 (pre) to 0.9 right and 1.0 on the left (post). On one month post procedure follow up, his claudication much improved with increased walking distance significantly and quit smoking after several educational and smoking cessation sessions. He was evaluated 3 months later for atypical chest pain and had nuclear stress test that was negative after 10 METS and showed normal myocardial perfusion.


Our body circulation and vasculatures is just an interconnected tree i.e. a vascular pathology in one site, raise the probability of having other sites affected by about 50% within the vascular axis [1,2]. Hence once vascular pathology found in one site for example CAD, other sites i.e. Cerebral and peripheral circulation must be assessed thoroughly, especially in patients with multiple risk factors i.e. Hypertension, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Smoking, and positive family history for CAD. Assessment should view symptoms via a meticulous history, detailed examinations to exclude signs of ischemia, and thorough investigations. This will lead to accurate diagnosis and hence adequate management.

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) rather than PCI was the favored cost-effective treatment for complex multivessel coronary artery disease (MVCAD) in the long term. While the evidence base for the costeffectiveness of DES compared with CABG is growing [3]. Despite the benefits of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery, 15% to 25% of patients develop graft closure within one year following the procedure [4].

Percutaneous intervention (PCI) is a conservative reasonable solution for high risk and inoperable cases; sometimes it supersedes the choice surgery especially with the new era of drug eluting stents (DES) and combined Anti-Ischemic medications. Stroke is a major cause of long-term disability and is the second leading cause of death in the world [5]. Carotid Stenosis especially symptomatic, bilateral, and high-grade stenosis, is an important independent risk factor for ischemic stroke [6-11]. Both sole medical treatment and vascular surgical interventions have been recommended for symptomatic Significant Carotid Stenosis [6-18].

Bilateral carotid severe stenosis can severely compromise the cerebral vasomotor reactivity and both hemispheric blood flow [19]. In spite of a controversial approach with regard to the optimal surgical intervention for symptomatic bilateral high-grade Carotid Stenosis [20], Carotid Artery Stenting (CAS) assisted by a distal protected device is more appropriate and advantageous than Carotid Endarterectomy [21-28], especially in a selected group of patients [29-32]. Furthermore, in spite of concerns about greater likelihood of hyperperfusion syndrome and hemodynamic depression, such as severe brain edema, bradycardia and hypotension, bilateral carotid stenting is still recommended and proven to be safe and effective for symptomatic bilateral high-grade Carotid Stenosis [23-28]. On the other hand, bilateral carotid stenting could also eliminate a wider range of additional medical, physical, and economic burdens imposed.


We here report a unique case of a patient with multiple atherosclerosis risk factors demonstrating multisite severe and critical stenosis and occlusion including CAD, Bilateral Carotid, Subclavian, Iliac, Femoral, and tibioperoneal trunk. He was deemed a very high risk for surgical intervention and underwent successful complex percutaneous transcatheter multivessel/multisite angioplasty and stents (total 16 stents) with excellent results and outcomes. To the best of our knowledge this case is among one of the very few reports if not the first report of multisite simultaneous and consecutive vascular intervention with x near total body stenting.


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