Fragmentation and embolization of a plastic‐coated guidewire

Kerry C. Prewitt, Jon R. Resar, Jeffrey A. Brinker

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We report a case of fragmentation and embolization to the pulmonary artery of sheared pieces of a recently introduced hydrophilic plastic‐coated guidewire. The propensity for this to occur, the lack of initial recognition, and the ability to retrieve the fragments by catheter techniques are emphasized. As these guidewires are more frequently used, physicians should be aware of this potential complication. © 1993 Wiiey‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalCatheterization and cardiovascular diagnosis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • catheterization
  • complication
  • embolization
  • hydrophilic guidewire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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