The anchor-tornus technique: A novel approach to "uncrossable" chronic total occlusions

Ajay J. Kirtane, Gregg W. Stone

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Following successful guidewire passage, inability to cross a chronic total occlusion is the most frequent cause of procedural failure. While low-profile balloons, microcatheters, and specialty catheters such as the Tornus have been designed to facilitate lesion crossing, these devices require adequate guiding catheter support. We describe a novel application of the Tornus catheter combined with a balloon-anchored guide technique to successfully recanalize an otherwise difficult to cross chronic total occlusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-557
Number of pages4
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiography
  • Coronary
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Total occlusions


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