The STAR Technique

Cosmo Godino, Mauro Carlino, Antonio Colombo

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The Subintimal-Tracking And Re-entry (STAR) technique is one of the possible choices to reanalyze a coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO) in the context of an anterograde approach. This method should be mainly utilized as crossover approach to improve the success rate in conventional CTO procedures (after an unintentional subintimal dissection) and in a few cases as an intention to treat technique when a conventional approach has failed or when a surgical option is not feasible. This chapter presents the origins and evolution of the STAR technique and the analogies between the STAR technique and the CART and reverse CART techniques. Clinical outcome and risk of stent thrombosis after STAR technique are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChronic Total Occlusions: A Guide to Recanalization
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780470658543
Publication statusPublished - Feb 8 2013


  • Chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesions
  • Subintimal-Tracking And Re-entry (STAR) technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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