Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(7): 441-442
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1271181
Case Reports
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Coronary Artery Bypass as Adequate Treatment for Entrapped Coronary Angioplasty Catheter

N. AlWaqfi1 , K. Ibrahim1 , M. N. Kharashgah2
  • 1Department of General Surgery, Princess Muna Heart Center, Jordan University for Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  • 2Department of General Surgery, King Abdullah University Hospital, Irbid, Jordan
Further Information

Publication History

received March 15, 2011 resubmitted April 20, 2011

accepted April 21, 2011

Publication Date:
21 June 2011 (online)


A 47-year-old man presenting with stable angina pectoris was admitted for elective coronary angioplasty. After balloon angioplasty and uneventful deployment of the stent in the right coronary artery, the angioplasty catheter became entrapped between the stent and the wall of the right coronary artery. During attempts at percutaneous retrieval of the retained catheter, it was inadvertently broken and became embedded near the stent. The patient was stable during the procedure with no electrocardiographic changes. He underwent emergency triple coronary artery bypass, leaving the piece of catheter in situ. He had an uneventful postoperative recovery. After six months, he was angina-free with no electrocardiographic changes.


Dr. Nizar AlWaqfi, MD

Department of General Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
Jordan University for Science and Technology

Irbid 22110


Phone: +962 65 16 60 02

Fax: +962 27 20 06 24