The Official Journal of EuroPCR and the European Association of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (EAPCI)


Left main PCI: are we giving the kiss the attention it deserves?

EuroIntervention 2020;16:192-194. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I3A33

1. Department of Cardiology, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia; 2. Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

The goal of coronary bifurcation percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is optimal stent deployment/apposition, aimed at restoring natural fractal vessel geometry and blood flow pattern. Among different optimisation strategies, the proximal optimisation technique (POT) is recommended by expert consensus as a mandatory procedural step, while the use of kissing balloon inflation (KBI) has shown consistent clinical benefit and should be obligatory in two-stent strategies, whilst it remains optional in provisional side branch (SB) stenting due to conflicting evidence (Table 1).

In this issue of EuroIntervention, Kini et al1 present a sub-analysis of the EXCEL trial (Evaluation of XIENCE ...

Sign in to read and download the full article

Forgot your password?
No account yet? Sign up for free!
Create my pcr account

Join us for free and access thousands of articles from EuroIntervention, as well as presentations, videos, cases from

Read next article
Complete revascularisation in the STEMI patient: is it worth the effort?