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Balloon-assisted tracking of a guide catheter through difficult radial anatomy: A technical report

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  • Tejas Patel MD, FACC, FSCAI,

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    1. Department of Cardiology, Sheth V.S. General Hospital and Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
    • Total Cardiovascular Solutions Private Limited, Ahmedabad, India
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  • Sanjay Shah MD,

    1. Total Cardiovascular Solutions Private Limited, Ahmedabad, India
    2. Department of Cardiology, Sheth V.S. General Hospital and Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
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  • Samir Pancholy MD, FACC, FSCAI

    1. Department of Cardiology, Mercy Hospital and Community Medical Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania
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  • Conflict of Interest: Nothing to report.

Correspondence to: Tejas Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Professor and Head, Department of Cardiology, Sheth V.S. General Hospital and Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad-380 006, India. E-mail: tejaspatel@tcvsgroup.org

Abstract

A small caliber or significant tortuosity of radial artery may create difficulty in negotiating a 6F or 7F guide catheter while performing intervention through transradial approach. We describe a technique that helps tracking a guide catheter in such demanding situation for successful completion of procedure without increasing the chance of perforation and dissection. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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