The double-blind stick-and-swap technique for true lumen reentry after subintimal crossing of coronary chronic total occlusions

Georgios Christopoulos, Anna P. Kotsia, Emmanouil S. Brilakis

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Abstract

Subintimal dissection and reentry techniques are widely used in chronic total occlusion (CTO) interventions; however, inability to reenter into the distal true lumen is a common cause of failure. In some patients, subintimal hematoma may develop, compressing the lumen and hindering reentry. We describe 3 CTO cases in which the distal vessel could not be visualized after subintimal crossing, in spite of attempts to decompress the subintimal hematoma. Bidirectional blind puncture was performed with the Stingray wire through both ports of the Stingray balloon, followed by exchange of the Stingray wire for a Pilot 200 guidewire (the double-blind stick-and-swap technique) achieving distal true lumen reentry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E199-E202
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Volume27
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • chronic total occlusion
  • dissection and reentry
  • stick-and-swap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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