Balloon Rupture During Coronary Angioplasty

Simpfendorfer, Conrad C.; Dimas, Alexios P.; Zaidi, Adnan; Hollman, Jay; Franco, Irving; Knezinek, Valerie; Hobbs, Robert E.
November 1986
Angiology;Nov1986, Vol. 37 Issue 11, p828
Academic Journal
Out of a total of 1,500 percutaneous coronary angioplasties (PTCA), 55 (3.6%) were associated with balloon rupture. Lesion calcification was noticed in 7 of these 55 patients (12.7%). Balloon rupture occurred at a mean pressure of 10.7 atmospheres. All balloons were retrieved without difficulty. Intimal tears were noted in 18 (32.7%) cases. Three patients required bypass surgery. In 29 patients restudied angiographically, the restenosis rate was 38%. Balloon rupture during PTCA does not seem to be associated with detrimental consequences.


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