The "Proxis-Tornus" technique for a difficult-to-cross calcified saphenous vein graft lesion

Emmanouil S. Brilakis, Subhash Banerjee

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Severely calcified lesions may occasionally be difficult to cross. We report a case of emergency percutaneous coronary intervention of a calcified saphenous vein graft lesion. We were unable to cross the lesion with a balloon despite using a 7 Fr guiding catheter, a buddy wire and the Tornus catheter, which was likely due to poor guide support. We describe successful crossing and treatment of the lesion by simultaneously using the Proxis proximal occlusion embolic protection device and the Tornus catheter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E258-E261
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Bypass grafts-coronary
  • New devices
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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