Retained intraaortic balloon: Case report and review of the literature

A. M. Grande, L. Martinelli, A. Graffigna, M. Vigano

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We report a case of intraaortic balloon entrapment in a 70-year-old man who underwent emergency triple coronary bypass. Intraaortic balloon rupture caused the formation of a clot inside the balloon that eventually was responsible for the balloon's entrapment at the aortic bifurcation. The patient had severe atherosclerosis of the aorta and iliac arteries. Balloon removal required aorto-iliac exposure and aorto-bifemoral bypass. After 16 months, he is symptom free and at home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-334
Number of pages3
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Intra-aortic balloon pumping
  • rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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