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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2016;33(1):52-55.
DOI:    Published online June 30, 2016.
Guide wire fracture during percutaneous coronary intervention.
Hak Ro Kim, Tae Hoon Yim, Byung Chul Kim, Ho Jun Lee, Hong Geun Oh, Hyun Sik Ju, Tae Jin Kim, Young Bok Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Sunlin Hospital, Pohang, Korea.
Guide wire fracture during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is rare. It can cause fatal complications such as thrombus formation, embolization, and perforation. Guide wire fracture could occur during intervention for severely calcified stenotic lesions, and rarely from distal small branches of stenotic lesions. There are several methods for its management depending on the material character, position, length of the remnant, and the patient's condition. If percutaneous retrieval was not achieved, the surgical procedure should be considered for prevention of potential risks, although the remnant guide wire does not usually cause complications. We experienced a patient with a guide wire fracture during PCI, and managed to prevent its complications through surgical removal of the remnant wire. We report this case here.
Key Words: Percutaneous coronary intervention, Thrombosis, Complications
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