Percutaneous recanalisation of chronic total occlusions: 2019 consensus document from the EuroCTO Club

Alfredo R Galassi, Gerald S Werner, Marouane Boukhris, Lorenzo Azzalini, Kambis Mashayekhi, Mauro Carlino, Alexandre Avran, Nikolaos V Konstantinidis, Luca Grancini, Leszek Bryniarski, Roberto Garbo, Nenad Bozinovic, Anthony H Gershlick, Sudhir Rathore, Carlo Di Mario, Yves Louvard, Nicolaus Reifart, Georgios Sianos

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Since its inception in December 2006, the EuroCTO Club has strived to provide the framework for state-of-the-art chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in Europe and nearby regions. Among its initiatives, the EuroCTO Club has published a set of recommendations regarding the technical aspects of CTO PCI, whose last edition dates to 2012. The EuroCTO Club consensus document discusses CTO PCI clinical indications, techniques and equipment use, as well as the qualifications of operators/centres. Given the considerable amount of progress made by this subspecialty in recent years, there is a need for an updated document that includes data from recent clinical trials and registries, information on novel devices and techniques, and an up-to-date revision on the training requirements to approach CTO PCI. The current updated consensus document of the EuroCTO Club reflects the expertise of European operators to promote the widespread application of state-of-the-art CTO PCI, not only in Europe but also across neighbouring communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-208
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 2019


  • Chronic Disease
  • Consensus
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Occlusion
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Registries
  • Treatment Outcome


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