Coronary artery irregularity

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Coronary Angiography


General Principles

Historical Perspective
Appropriate Use Criteria for Revascularization
Film Quality

Anatomy & Projection Angles

Normal Anatomy

Coronary arteries
Right System
Left System
Left Main
Left Anterior Descending
Median Ramus

Anatomic Variants

Separate Ostia
Anomalous Origins
Case Example

Projection Angles

Standard Views
Left Coronary Artery
Right Coronary Artery

Epicardial Flow & Myocardial Perfusion

Epicardial Flow

TIMI Frame Count
TIMI Flow Grade
TIMI Grade 0 Flow
TIMI Grade 1 Flow
TIMI Grade 2 Flow
TIMI Grade 3 Flow
TIMI Grade 4 Flow
Pulsatile Flow

Myocardial Perfusion

TIMI Myocardial Perfusion Grade
TMP Grade 0
TMP Grade 0.5
TMP Grade 1
TMP Grade 2
TMP Grade 3

Lesion Complexity

ACC/AHA Lesion-Specific Classification of the Primary Target Stenosis

Preprocedural Lesion Morphology

Intimal Flap
Sawtooth Pattern
Ostial location
Proximal tortuosity
Degenerated SVG
Total occlusion
Coronary Artery Thrombus
TIMI Thrombus Grade
TIMI Thrombus Grade 0
TIMI Thrombus Grade 1
TIMI Thrombus Grade 2
TIMI Thrombus Grade 3
TIMI Thrombus Grade 4
TIMI Thrombus Grade 5
TIMI Thrombus Grade 6

Lesion Morphology

Quantitative Coronary Angiography
Definitions of Preprocedural Lesion Morphology
Irregular Lesion
Disease Extent
Arterial Foreshortening
Infarct Related Artery
Degenerated SVG

Left ventriculography

Quantification of LV Function
Quantification of Mitral Regurgitation

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vanessa Cherniauskas, M.D. [2]


The appearence of irregular lesions with intraluminal filling defects and contrast staining is detected by coronary angiography and may indicate a fissuredatherosclerotic plaque with adherent thrombus.[1]


A stenosis is classified as having irregular contour if the vascular margin is rough or has a jigged appearance and is characterized by ulceration, intimal flap, aneurysmal dilation, or “sawtooth” pattern.[2]

Feature Definition
Ulceration Lesion with a small crater consisting of a discrete luminal widening in the area of the stenosis is noted, provided that it does not extend beyond the normal arterial lumen
Intimal flap A mobile, radiolucent extension of the vessel wall into the arterial lumen
Aneurysmal dilation Segment of arterial dilation larger than the dimensions of the normal arterial segment
Sawtooth pattern Multiple, sequential stenosis irregularities


The pathophysiology of lesion irregularity is represented by pre-existing intimal disruption and/or increased turbulence and shear stresses, which lead to platelet activation evidenced by a large transcardiac gradient of serotonin (5-hydroxy-tryptamine).[3] The irregular endothelial surfaces may serve as foci of platelet aggregation with subsequent thrombus formation and vasospasm induced by release of thromboxane A2 (TXA2).[4][5][6][7] The resulting endothelial damage and lesion instability are associated with an increased risk of thrombotic occlusion and distal embolization.[8][9]

Grading of Lesion Irregularity

  • Grade 0: Smooth – no irregularity.
  • Grade 1: Mildly Irregular – lesion has an indistinct lumen edge.
  • Grade 2: Sawtoothed/Grossly Irregular – lesion has defined jagged or “sawtoothed” lumen edges.

Clinical Significance

  • The degree of irregularity is correlated with the risk of clinical instability in the next 10 days once the unstable features partially resolve over 5 to 10 days.[10]
  • Greater irregularity of lesions are more likely to appear in the infarct-related artery than in lesions in other coronary arteries of patients with acute infarction and they are also related to the appearence of unstable angina.[11]
  • The lesion irregularity is the second most important risk factor of diameter stenosis as a predictor of future infarction.[12]
  • Greater lesion complexity is associated with worse epicardial flow characteristics and decreased myocardial perfusion at 60 minutes and after percutaneous coronary intervention and with a higher risk of shock and mortality rate within 30 days.[13]



A continued anticoagulation is already known as responsible for restabilize the coronary plaque after thrombolysis and so substantially reduce the risk of reinfarction. Due to these findings the anticoagulants may be used in patients in whom particularly irregular lesions are demonstrated by coronary angiography.[14]


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