Continued benefit from paclitaxel-eluting compared with bare-metal stent implantation in saphenous vein graft lesions during long-term follow-up of the SOS (Stenting of Saphenous Vein Grafts) trial

E S. Brilakis
C Lichtenwalter
A R R Abdel-Karim
J A. De Lemos
O Obel
T Addo
M Roesle
D Haagen
B V. Rangan
B Saeed
J K. Bissett
R Sachdeva
V V. Voudris
P Karyofillis
B Kar
J Rossen
P Fasseas
P Berger, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
S Banerjee


Objectives This study sought to report the long-term outcomes after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in saphenous vein graft (SVG) lesions in the SOS (Stenting of Saphenous Vein Grafts) trial. Background The long-term outcomes after DES implantation in SVGs are poorly studied. Apart from the SOS trial, the only other randomized trial comparing DES with bare-metal stents (BMS) in SVGs reported higher mortality in the DES group at 32 months. Methods In the SOS trial, 80 patients with 112 lesions in 88 SVGs were randomized to a BMS or paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES) and demonstrated improved short-term angiographic and clinical outcomes with PES. Extended clinical follow-up was subsequently obtained. Results Mean age was 67 ± 9 years, and all patients were men. The indications for stenting included acute coronary syndrome in 60% and stable angina in 31% of patients. The mean SVG age was 12 ± 6 years. The baseline characteristics of the patients in the 2 study groups were similar. Procedural success was achieved in 77 patients (96%). During a median follow-up of 35 months, compared with patients randomized to BMS, those receiving PES had a lower incidence of myocardial infarction (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.32, p = 0.01), target lesion revascularization (HR: 0.20, p = 0.004), target vessel revascularization (HR: 0.41, p = 0.03), and target vessel failure (HR: 0.34, p = 0.001) as well as a trend toward less definite or probable stent thrombosis (HR: 0.15, p = 0.08). All-cause mortality (HR: 2.04, p = 0.19) and cardiac mortality (HR: 0.62, p = 0.51) did not differ between groups. Conclusions During long-term follow-up, use of PES was associated with significantly better clinical outcomes than BMS in SVG lesions. (Stenting of Saphenous Vein Grafts Trial [SOS]; NCT00247208) © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation.