Archives of the Turkish Society of Cardiology
Removal of a catheter kinked in the radial artery by anchoring the distal part of the catheter with a needle via transcutaneous approach [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(8): 710-713 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2018.TKDA-45095

Removal of a catheter kinked in the radial artery by anchoring the distal part of the catheter with a needle via transcutaneous approach

Yakup Balaban1, Ali Hıdır Kayışoğlu1, Altuğ Tokatlı2, Aykut Tantan2
1Vm Medicalpark Kocaeli Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Başiskele, Kocaeli, Turkey
2Gölcük Necati Çelik Government Hospital, Department of Cardiology Gölcük, Kocaeli,Turkey

Presently described is a case in which a catheter became twisted in the radial artery during coronary angiography and was removed after stretching it with an external needle tip inserted into the brachial artery. A 77-year-old male patient had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery 10 years earlier and implantation of a permanent pacemaker 2 years prior. He had presented with typical angina and a regional wall motion defect had been observed on echocardiography. Coronary angiography was scheduled. A 5-F sheath (Terumo Corp., Tokyo, Japan) was inserted, and angiography via the right radial artery was initiated. Soon after, the 5-F diagnostic catheter became twisted due to subclavian artery tortuosity. The fold in the catheter could not be flattened with 0.038-mm or 0.035-mm guidewires or rotation movements. With scopy assistance, a 21-gauge, 40-mm, green needle was inserted percutaneously into the catheter through the brachial artery. So, the catheter was stretched and the kink could then be corrected and the catheter was removed from the sheath. Subsequent Images revealed no trauma or deformity to the brachial or radial arteries. It was not possible to straighten the fold until the distal portion of the catheter was fixed in place and stretched. A catheter can be transdermally anchored with a needle if it becomes kinked in the upper extremity vessels. This is a simple and reliable method that is a traumatic.

Keywords: Removal of kinked catheter, complication, coronary angiography; subclavian artery tortuosity.

How to cite this article
Yakup Balaban, Ali Hıdır Kayışoğlu, Altuğ Tokatlı, Aykut Tantan. Removal of a catheter kinked in the radial artery by anchoring the distal part of the catheter with a needle via transcutaneous approach. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(8): 710-713

Corresponding Author: Yakup Balaban, Türkiye
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