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Although rare, longitudinal compression may be a complication of placing drug-eluting stents, according to a small case series.

In three cases, stents became longitudinally compressed after catheters or other devices were inserted through them once they were placed, Colm Hanratty, MD, and Simon Walsh, MD, of Belfast Health & Social Trust in Northern Ireland, reported in EuroIntervention.

"Deep intubation with guide catheters or extension systems should be performed with due care through already stented segments," they wrote. A

Over the years, there's been a drive toward longer, thinner, and more flexible stent platforms as cardiologists have aimed to treat longer stretches of the artery, not just focal areas of the most severe coronary narrowing.

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