Catheter-Assisted Balloon-Supported Retrieval of a Broken Semi-Compliant Balloon from a Coronary ArteryCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Brajesh Kumar Kunwar,
Department of Cardiology, Seven Hills Hospital, Marol Maroshi Road,
Andheri East, Mumbai–400059, Maharashtra, India.
Incidents of broken balloon in a coronary vasculature during percutaneous coronary angioplasty are very rare. Such events in cath-lab may create panic and can be life threatening for patients. Hence, immediate retrieval of broken balloon becomes vital. Here, we report an unusual complication of broken balloon in the mid portion of the left anterior descending coronary artery, which had a calcified and totally occluded in-stent restenotic lesion. The broken balloon was retrieved successfully with no eventual complication using a simple catheter-assisted balloon-supported retrieval technique. The present case highlights the need for interventional cardiologist to be acquainted with different retrieval techniques.
Balloon rupture, Calcified lesion, In-stent restenosis, Percutaneous retrieval, Simple balloon retrieval technique
Brajesh Kumar Kunwar, Pranay Jain, Mahesh Ghogare. CATHETER-ASSISTED BALLOON-SUPPORTED RETRIEVAL OF A BROKEN SEMI-COMPLIANT BALLOON FROM A CORONARY ARTERY. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 March [cited: 2017 Apr 29 ]; 11:OD06-OD07. Available from
Date of Submission: Oct 13, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Dec 20, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Dec 20, 2016
Date of Publishing: Mar 01, 2017
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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