Percutaneous management of inferior epigastric artery injury after cardiac catheterization

Authors

  • Carlos E. Sanchez MD,

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    1. Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH, 45267
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  • Tarek Helmy MD

    1. Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • Conflict of interest: Nothing to report.

Abstract

Inferior epigastric artery injury after cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention is sporadically reported in the literature, yet it is a serious complication that can lead to life-threatening retroperitoneal hemorrhage and poor clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention. We present two cases of inferior epigastric artery injury from inadvertent puncture during cardiac catheterization and a discussion in the management and prevention of this potentially fatal complication. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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