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Pigtail catheter fracture and embolization into the abdominal aorta: an extremely rare angiographic complication

Akpinar Ibrahim; Dogan, Sait M.; Karabag, Turgut; Sayin, Muhammet R.; Kucuk, Emrah; Buyukates, Mustafa; Turan, Sitki A.; Aydin, Mustafa
Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: Post Author Corrections: September 07, 2012
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e328358ccc4
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Coronary angiography is a widely used diagnostic method for coronary artery disease. In clinical practice, although complications of the procedure often involve the vascular access point, there is no previous report of the fracture and embolization of the distal tip of a pigtail catheter. Herein, we present the case of a 51-year-old woman whose left ventriculography was interrupted by fracture of the curved tip of a pigtail catheter, which remained at the renal artery level in the abdominal aorta.

Correspondence to Ibrahim Akpinar, MD, Departmant of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Bulent Ecevit University, Kozlu/Zonguldak 67600, TurkeyTel: +90 505 827 90 21; fax: +90 372 261 01 55; e-mail:

Received 16 April, 2012

Revised 26 June, 2012

Accepted 1 August, 2012

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