Bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) were designed more than 30 years ago to overcome the disadvantages related to the permanent implantation of a metallic stent and, at present, a number of these devices have obtained a CE mark on the basis of midterm follow-up studies. However, although BRS have already been introduced into clinical practice, intensive research is ongoing worldwide to clarify their long-term safety and effectiveness. This type of research has captivated the interest of the cardiovascular community after the recent publication of long-term follow-up data from randomised trials demonstrating increased late scaffold thrombosis in the Absorb™ BRS (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA). In this regard, any long-term follow-up data for BRS are of particular importance, especially when they originate from real-world patients, challenging lesions and scaffolds other than the Absorb GT1™, which is the only available BRS that has been evaluated in a controlled fashion so far versus the current standard, new-generation drugeluting stents. The session "Long-term data of BRS" on the last day of EuroPCR 2017 (Paris, France) offered some very interesting data on what the global picture for the future of BRS could be.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.4244/EIJV13I5A82, hdl.handle.net/1765/101377
Journal EuroIntervention
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Serruys, P.W.J.C, Katsikis, A. (Athanasios), & Onuma, Y. (2017). Long-term data of BRS presented at EuroPCR 2017 (Friday, 19 May). EuroIntervention, 13(5), e515–e521. doi:10.4244/EIJV13I5A82