Nonsurgical retrieval of embolized coronary stents

Holger Eggebrecht* (Corresponding Author), Michael Haude, Clemens Von Birgelen, Olaf Oldenburg, Dietrich Baumgart, Joerg Herrmann, Dirk Welge, Thomas Bartel, Nikolaos Dagres, Raimund Erbel

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Embolization of coronary stents before deployment is a rare but challenging complication of coronary stenting. Different methods for nonsurgical stent retrieval have been suggested. There were 20 cases (0.90%) of intracoronary stent embolization among 2,211 patients who underwent implantation of 4,066 stents. Twelve of 1,147 manually crimped stents (1.04%) and eight of 2,919 premounted stents were lost (0.27%, P < 0.01) during retraction of the delivery system, because the target lesion could not be either reached or crossed. Percutaneous retrieval was successfully carried out in 10 of 14 patients (71%) in whom retrieval was attempted. In 10 patients, stent retrieval was tried with 1.5-mm low-profile angioplasty balloon catheters (success in 7/10) and in seven cases with myocardial biopsy forceps or a gooseneck snare (success in 3/7). Three patients (15%) underwent urgent coronary artery bypass surgery after failed percutaneous retrieval but their outcomes were fatal. In two patients, stents were compressed against the vessel wall by another stent, without compromising coronary blood flow. In two patients, a stent was lost to the periphery without clinical side effects; treatment was conservative in these cases. Embolization of stents before deployment is a rare but serious complication of coronary stenting, with hazardous potential for the patient. Manual mounting of stents is associated with a significantly higher risk of stent embolization. Stent retrieval from the coronary circulation with low-profile angioplasty balloon catheters is a readily available and technically familiar approach that has a relatively high success rate. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-440
Number of pages9
JournalCatheterization and cardiovascular interventions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Complication
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Manual mounting
  • Stent delivery
  • Stents


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