Emergency repair of coronary perforation following percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty failure: a high-risk choice?

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Coronary perforation is a recognized hazard following cardiac catheterization and may lead to a catastrophic outcome. Prompt decision-making following diagnosis is of key importance. Whether to perform prolonged attempts at percutaneous repair or to promptly refer the patient for emergency surgery soon after diagnosis still remains a matter of debate. We report the case of a 78-year-old woman suffering from coronary artery perforation during left anterior descending coronary artery percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty-stenting, who underwent unsuccessful multiple prolonged attempts at percutaneous repair followed by subsequent successful emergency surgery.

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