Cardiac tamponade following coronary arterial rupture during coronary angioplasty

Hisham Nassar, Yonathan Hasin, Mervyn S. Gotsman

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We describe a patient in whom percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) was complicated by rupture of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) with pericardial tamponade. The outcome was favorable with drastic intervention which included: occlusion of the bleeding vessel with the PTCA balloon, pericardiocentesis, and ligation of the vessel without the need of aortocoronary bypass graft.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-179
Number of pages3
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • coronary arterial rupture
  • percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
  • pericardial tamponade


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