elective PTCA of totally occluded coronary arteries is feasible but the primary success rate is lower (57%) than that associated with conventional lesions. The long-term clinical results following successful angioplasty are satisfactory (64%), but the inc
A major limitation of percutaneous therapy (PCI) for the treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) is the inability to cross with a wire. We report successful recanalization of a CTO using Intraluminal Wire (tm)...
Every 3rd coronary angiography patient presents 1+ total arterial occlusion. Guidewire failure often precludes subsequent repair of the lesion in the cardiac cath lab; many of these patients are ultimately managed surgically or medically.
Crosser catheter proved successful for recanalization of a chronic total occlusion with mid-CTO tortuosity. The case illustrates the ability of the device to navigate a tortuous path of the occlusion within the true lumen without arterial dissection or pe
Discussion of AVD Asahi, Prowater, and Confianza guidewires in tortuous vessels and resistant coronary arterial occlusions/lesions. Success in opening chronic total occlusions is 50-75%; better guidewires are essential.