Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(6): 375-377
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1271018
Case Reports
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Surgical Removal of a Ruptured, Detached Angioplasty Balloon after Popliteal Stenting

R. Gabrielli1 , M. S. Rosati2 , M. Millarelli1 , G. Caselli1
  • 1Department of Vascular Surgery, Policlinico Casilino, Rome, Italy
  • 2Department of Oncology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
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Publication History

received January 3, 2011 resubmitted March 1, 2011

accepted March 7, 2011

Publication Date:
26 April 2011 (online)


Balloon catheter entrapment after stent implantation is a potential interventional complication. However, angioplasty balloon disconnection from the catheter shaft and in-stent entrapment is a very uncommon event that could have serious thrombotic or embolic consequences. The management of this event may be interventional or surgical, depending on the patient's status and the position of the balloon inside the vessel. We describe a case of acute lower limb ischemia after popliteal self-expandable stenting, due to loss of the balloon along with a portion of its shaft. Surgical retrieval was accomplished without any further complications.


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