Culprit-lesion only versus complete multivessel percutaneous intervention in ST-elevation myocardial infarction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials

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Background ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in patients with concomitant multivessel (MV) coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with poor outcomes. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of the culprit-lesion only (CLO) as compared with a MV PCI approach to revascularization remains uncertain. Our objective is to gain a better understanding of the efficacy and safety of CLO as compared with MV PCI in patients with STEMI by conducting an updated meta-analysis. Methods A comprehensive search of PubMed, CENTRAL, EMBASE, The Cochrane Central Register, the Website, and Google Scholar databases of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was performed. Results Seven RCTs were included, enrolling a total of 2006 patients. We found that there was a significant reduction in major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) (OR, 0.62; 95% CI, 0.43–0.90), cardiovascular mortality (OR, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.27–0.80), and repeat revascularization (RRV) (OR, 0.39; 95% CI, 0.30–0.51) favoring MV over the CLO approach for patients undergoing primary PCI. The number needed to treat in order to prevent one CV mortality, RRV, or MACE event is 47, 11, and 16 patients, respectively. No differences were observed between MV vs. CLO PCI for subsequent myocardial infarction (OR, 0.74; 95% CI, 0.40–1.39), all-cause mortality (OR, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.53–1.15), non-cardiovascular mortality (OR, 1.35; 95% CI, 0.74–2.48), all-bleeding events (OR, 0.82; 95% CI, 0.40–1.65), contrast-induced nephropathy (OR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.33–1.54), and stroke (OR, 1.28; 95% CI, 0.47–3.46). Conclusions MV PCI significantly reduces the rate of MACE, CV mortality, and RRV without significant harm as compared to CLO PCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016



  • Meta-analysis
  • Multivessel
  • ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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