CTO (Chronic total occlusion)

Here you will find all the latest content on chronic total occlusion (CTO) published on this website. Results are listed in chronological order.

Recently we have seen an increase in successful percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) of CTO in part due to improvements in hardware (guidewires and balloons), the introduction of dedicated devices (microcatheters, channel dilators, dissection-reentry devices) and the elaboration of CTO-specific techniques. To fully grasp CTO today, here you will find here everything that you need to know including the latest devices and techniques as well as advances in imaging, the use of adjunctive pharmacotherapy, vascular access or understanding bleeding risks…

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DECISION-CTO: the jury is still out

19 Mar 2017

A trial from South Korea was stopped prematurely due to slow recruitment, leaving unsolved the important clinical question under investigation.

A LAD CTO by retrograde approach

20 Jan 2017 – From AsiaPCR/SingLIVE 2017

Consult this session on a CTO antegrade and retrograde approach, that includes a LIVE demonstration from National Heart Centre - Singapore.

Session "CTO - antegrade and retrograde approach: Part 1"

Prof. Tian-Hai Koh


Tian Hai KOH
T Schmitz


Thomas Schmitz

DES - Healing and The Hybrid Approach to CTO

27 Mar 2015 – From AfricaPCR 2015

Proximal LAD CTO

22 Jan 2016 – From AsiaPCR/SingLIVE 2016

Watch this session on proximal LAD CTO, that includes a LIVE demonstration from National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) - Singapore.

Clinical case

A 56-year-old patient with obtuse marginal (OM) stenosis and proximal LAD CTO:
- OM is already treated
- LAD CTO with collaterals from distal RCA
- IVUS-guided for antegrade penetration

CTO Complex II: retrograde approach to RCA CTO

22 Jan 2016 – From AsiaPCR/SingLIVE 2016

Consult this slide presentation if you want to learn more about CTO techniques (retrograde and hybrid).

AICT and APSIC@EuroPCR - The most educational cases from Asia-Pacific

17 May 2016 – From EuroPCR 2016

Consult this session on AICT and APSIC@EuroPCR and the most educational cases from Asia-Pacific, with the collaboration of the Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics (AICT) and the Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC).

Asian Pacific CTO Club

23 Jan 2016 – From AsiaPCR/SingLIVE 2016


Scott Harding



Management of distal coronary perforation during PCI

19 May 2015 – From EuroPCR 2015

Maurice Buchbinder


Maurice Buchbinder

Percutaneous intervention for concurrent chronic total occlusions in patients with STEMI: the EXPLORE trial

07 Nov 2016

Dejan Milasinovic


Dejan Milasinovic