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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 6715630, 4 pages
Case Report

GuideLiner Balloon Assisted Tracking (GBAT): A New Addition to the Interventional Toolbox

Section of Cardiology, St. Boniface Hospital, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Received 4 November 2016; Accepted 14 December 2016

Academic Editor: Expedito E. Ribeiro

Copyright © 2016 Basem Elbarouni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The use of guide extension catheters, such as GuideLiner, allows for increased guide support and facilitates device delivery in tortuous vessels. In cases which the GuideLiner catheter cannot be advanced even with balloon anchoring technique, we inflate a noncompliant balloon protruding from the GuideLiner catheter at nominal pressure and both the GuideLiner and the balloon are advanced over the coronary guidewire through the tortuous segments. This technique can be applied to 5.5 Fr., 6 Fr., and 7 Fr. GuideLiner catheters. This technique is termed GuideLiner Balloon Assisted Tracking (GBAT).