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Pieter-Jan Palmers, Joren Maeremans, Markus Meyer-Gessner, Yoann Bataille, Joseph Dens
(Department of Cardiology, Hospital East Limburg, Genk, Belgium)
Am J Case Rep 2017; 18:472-477
Retrograde advancement of microcatheters through septal/epicardial connectors can be challenging. Although several tricks might help to do so (e.g., balloon trap of retro wire in second guiding, balloon trap of retro wire in native coronary artery, and use of antegrade extension to approximate the antegrade conduit to the retrograde gear), these tricks cannot always be applied, especially in patients with poor access. Also, puncturing, knuckling, and crossing of the distal CTO cap (or the aorta as described in 1 of the cases) sometimes needs a lot of backup of the microcatheter.
CASE REPORT: We describe 3 cases in which we used a novel telescopic technique with 5F Guidion (IMDS®) supported retrograde Corsair (Asahi®) advancement in complex CTO lesions.
CONCLUSIONS: The telescopic Corsair in 5F Guidion may offer the support needed to end successfully in these situations.