Percutaneous retrieval of a fractured guide catheter using contralateral snaring

Tesfaldet T. Michael, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S. Brilakis

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Guide catheter kinking and fracture is an uncommon complication of percutaneous coronary intervention and may require emergency surgical intervention if percutaneous retrieval fails. We present a case of guide catheter kinking and fracture during attempts to engage the left main coronary artery in a patient with marked iliac tortuosity. The retained guide catheter fragment was retrieved percutaneously by using a snare from the contralateral femoral artery and removing the folded-over catheter fragment through the contralateral arteriotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E176-E178
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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