n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Inadvertent retrieval of a broken PTCA catheter from the aorta during off-pump coronary bypass : case report
|Article Title||Inadvertent retrieval of a broken PTCA catheter from the aorta during off-pump coronary bypass : case report|
|© Publisher:||Clinics Cardive Publishing|
|Journal||Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa|
|Author||Gungor Kucuk, S. Tolga Kutlu and Feza Nurozler|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||34 - 35|
To cut costs, many centres around the world utilise previously used, resterilised balloon catheters to perform coronary angioplasty. The fracture and lodging of an angioplasty device within the coronary arteries is a rare but increasingly noted complication. In this article, we report on the inadvertent retrieval of a coronary angioplasty catheter during off-pump coronary bypass. The accidental removal of the catheter, which extended to the descending aorta, has obviously been life saving. This experience has shown that a high degree of caution is required when planning an operation for the retrieval of PTCA hardware.
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