Guidewire snap causing left main coronary occlusion during coronary angioplasty

Mátyás Keltai, Iván Bartek, Veronika Biró

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The case of a 34‐year‐old female patient is presented. During attempted left anterior descending coronary angioplasty, the exchange guidewire (0.018 inch, 300 cm) snapped and the distal 20 cm of the wire caused immediate thrombotic occlusion of both the left anterior descending and circumflex arteries. The resulting complication was treated by emergency bypass surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-326
Number of pages3
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1986



  • acute myocardial infarction
  • aortocoronary bypass
  • complication of cardiac catheterization
  • coronary arteriography
  • percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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