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01-04-2011 | Original Article | Uitgave 4/2011

Netherlands Heart Journal 4/2011

Recanalisation of coronary chronic total occlusions with new techniques including the retrograde approach via collaterals

Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 4/2011
A. Bufe, G. Haltern, W. Dinh, J. Wolfertz, H. Schleiting, H. Guelker



Percutaneous treatment of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO) remains one of the major challenges in interventional cardiology. The strategies of recanalisation in CTO have changed drastically due the development of new techniques such as the retrograde approach via collaterals. In this single-centre experience we sought to analyse the success rates with the use of different CTO techniques, the complication rates, and we evaluated predictors of failed CTO recanalisation attempts.

Methods and Results

In this single-centre observational study we analysed the prospectively entered data of 331 consecutive patients, undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for CTO in 338 lesions at the Heart Center Wuppertal between June 2007 and July 2010. Nineteen lesions were attempted twice and one lesion three times (=358 procedures). The lesion-related success rates were 81.1%. Single-wire usage was the predominant strategy used in 198 antegrade cases (65.6%) followed by parallel wire technique and see-saw technique in 94 cases (31.1%). In the retrograde procedures, the reverse CART technique was predominantly used (35.7%), followed by retrograde wire passage (17.9%), marker wire (17.9%) and CART (14.3%). The in-hospital complications were low and comparable with conventional PCI data. The presence of blunt stump, severe calcification, severe tortuosity and occlusion length >30 mm were independent predictors of procedural failure.


A high degree of success with low in-hospital complications comparable with conventional PCI data can be expected in the hands of experienced CTO operators. A second try with a retrograde approach after antegrade failure should be considered.

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