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Supported by NIH-NCAI grant #1U54HC119810-03 to T.R.G. All other authors received no support.
Disclosures: T.R.G. is the inventor of the stent and an employee of Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Institutional Officials/Leaders have an equity interest in Custom Orthopaedic Solutions and are entitled to royalty payments from the company for technology developed at Cleveland Clinic. Custom Orthopaedic Solutions is the manufacturer of the stents. T.R.G. provided scientific advice during stent design and the production process but did not interfere with the clinical management of the patients or with treatment decisions. All other authors have nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.
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