Intra-aortic balloon-pump rupture and entrapment
George K. Brodell, MD
E. Murat Tuzcu, MD
Steven J. Weiss, MD
Conrad Simpfendorfer, MDAddress reprint requests to C.S., Department of Cardiology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, One Clinic Center, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195.
The authors report a case of intra-aortic balloon rupture and entrapment in a patient with extensive vascular disease. The balloon was subsequently removed percutaneously. A review of the diagnosis and management of this unusual complication is presented.