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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 378672, 2 pages
Case Report

Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Rupture and Entrapment

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Park Hospital, 55200 Samsun, Turkey

Received 23 November 2013; Accepted 17 December 2013; Published 23 January 2014

Academic Editors: W.-Y. Chung and S. Yamashiro

Copyright © 2014 Artan Jahollari et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intra-aortic balloon pump is used frequently to support a failing myocardium in cardiac patients. Due to the invasive nature of this device, usage is accompanied by consistent risk of complications. Balloon rupture, although it occurs rarely, may lead to entrapment if diagnosis delays. A 78-year male who underwent cardiac surgery experienced balloon rupture and entrapment in the right femoral artery during the postoperative follow-up. Surgical extraction under local anesthesia was performed and the patient had an uneventful course. Fast and gentle solution of the problem is necessary to prevent further morbidity or mortality related to a retained balloon catheter in these delicate patients.