How to extract a losing intra-aortic balloon pump guide wire

Manouchehr Hekmat, Hamid Ghaderi, Seyedeh Adeleh Mirjafari, Mehran Shahzamani, Gholamreza Masoumi



Guidewire loss is a serious complication that in case of a complete wire loss could cause death in about 20% of cases. Although it is essential to retrieve an intravenous foreign body as soon as possible, there are only a few recommendations regarding the removal of an intra-arterial foreign body. This study reports on a rare complication of guidewire loss during the insertion of an Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), which has not yet been reported in the literature. The approach to this problem has been described, including the extraction time and the technique.

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