73 year old male with known CAD and prior PCI in 2011, presented with CCS Class IV angina and palpitation due to new onset Afib requiring successful cardioversion. A Cardiac Cath on February 26, 2018 revealed calcific 3V + LM CAD: 60% distal LM bifurcation, 90% proximal calcific LAD, 80% D1, 90% D2 and 95% proximal LCx with SYNTAX Score of 34 and LVEF 50%. Patient underwent Heart Team discussion and CABG was declined due to significant pulmonary fibrosis and staged PCI was recommended. Patient underwent successful intervention of proximal RCA using Promus Premier DES. Patient is now planned for complex PCI of LM/LAD-Diagonal/LCx bifurcation using rotational atherectomy and DES.
Moderator: Sameer Mehta, MD
We have described the reasons for stuck Rotablator burr in our 2014 JACC Intervention paper. Most common reason being calcified angulated and ISR lesions. In these cases, burr goes forward (slips) without effective ablation but now has trouble to come back as backend of the burr cone does not have ablative diamond chips. Today’s case also had calcified prox-mid LAD angulation.
This phenomenon is more common with smaller burrs (1.25-1.75mm) as bigger burr will not cross the lesions without ablation.
All these cases are now being done at speed of 140-160,000rpm and hence unlikely that speed plays any role in the stuck Rota burr occurrence.
As mentioned above, it is the heavy calcium at angulation which is responsible for the burr entrapment.
Slow forward burr movement without pushing it (no dottering) will reduce the chances of burr entrapment. In the today’s case, we think new RotaPro system might have contributed to the burr entrapment as compared to Rotalink, somehow you do not feel any resistance while advancing the burr. This likely is a mechanical and engineering glitch and BSC engineers have been made aware.
Yes the new RotaPro system is more vulnerable but burr entrapment has been described with the standard Rotalink system too.
About 10 years ago, we sent one pt to urgent CABG with stuck Rota burr in a case of RCA DES ISR of an unexpanded stent. We did not use guideliner in that case. Duru Nguyen cardiac surgery, surgeon left the burr in the vessel and just bypassed the RCA.
Guideliner should be advanced all the way into the coronary artery over the Rota sheath/burr, then forcefully pull the burr. Other approach could be tried is to advance the another guide Cather by additional access and try to advance a guidewire and a small balloon alongside the burr; If successful then gradually dilate with PTCA balloon at the level of stuck burr which will then allow burr to become free and to be pulled out safely. We have tried this approach 3 times in the past and always failed to advance the guidewire alongside the burr as burr is deeply entrapped in the artery. If all these maneuvers still fails, then last option will be to send pt for CT surgery to remove the burr openly.
OCT use will increase in the future only if we will have a positive RCT in favor of OCT over angiography. Until then its use will be limited to few cath labs only and mainly as the research tool.
OCT like IVUS now has Ambulatory code for reimbursement done with cath or Ambulatory PCI for the hospital (approx $800 which will cover the cost of the catheter). For the inpatient PCI, there is no separate reimbursement for the hospital as it is the part of DRG of the PCI. Physician fee is $200-220 for performing and interpretations of OCT.
71 year old male with multiple CAD risk factors presented with NSTEMI, pneumonia and septic shock in October 2018.
57 year old diabetic male presented with new onset CCS Class II angina and positive stress echo for multisegmental wall hypokinesis.
86 year old female with chronic stable angina CCS Class II and positive MPI for two years being managed on medication.
62 year old male presented with CCS Class II angina and positive SPECT MPI for basal inferior and inferolateral moderate size area of ischemia and infarction.