Background: Coronary calcified lesions may limit optimal stent deployment resulting in
stent underexpansion, increasing the risk of thrombosis. The Shockwave Lithoplasty System, a new
technology combining a balloon angioplasty catheter with the use of sound waves, it is able to break
calcium deposits without affecting vascular soft tissue.
Case Presentation: An 80-year-old Caucasian man with ST elevation myocardial infarction
underwent emergent coronary angiography showing complete intrastent thrombosis at the proximal
trait of LAD. After thrombus removal, it was evident that stent under-expansion at its proximal edge
was caused by vascular calcification. Coronary shockwave lithoplasty was chosen to treat this lesion.
After calcium deposits disruption we were able to obtain complete stent expansion.
Conclusion: Our case demonstrates the usefulness and safety of the lithoplasty system in the context
of ST elevation myocardial infarction.