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Use of Trapping Techniques and a GooseNeck Snare to Retrieve a Fractured Balloon Catheter

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Thomas E Kaier, Andreas S Kalogeropoulos, Antonis N Pavlidis

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E640-E641
JournalThe Journal of invasive cardiology
Issue number8
Accepted/In press17 Mar 2022
Published3 Aug 2022

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Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty balloon fracture, retention, and embolization are rare complications of percutaneous coronary intervention. The incidence has historically been estimated at <0.8%, which is likely an underestimate given the increasing quantity and complexity of percutaneous procedures. We demonstrate how to avoid emergency surgery by using basic balloon trapping techniques and a snare in the more distal arterial bed.

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