Left ventricular free-wall rupture, a potentially lethal mechanical complication of coronaric angioplasty : an unusual case report Left ventricular free-wall rupture, complication of coronaric angioplasty

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Ludovica Marangoni
Walter Serra
Bruno Borrello
Antonella Vezzani
Andrea Ramelli
Maria Alberta Cattabiani


complication of coronaric angioplasty, Left ventricular rupture; Pericardial tamponade


The incidence of complications of coronary perforation varied significantly among studies probably due to population heterogeneity and interventional techniques applied in each centre.

Free wall rupture, cardiac tamponade and miocardial infarction are the most  feared. The treatment of perforation remains a challenge of every cath- lab team. The management strategies range from observation to urgent operation depending on patient’s hemodynamic status, severity and location of the perforation, coronary anatomy, interventional practice and equipment in each centre and operators’ skills on-site.

In this case an extracorporeal circulation and cardioplegic arrest with anterograde hot blood cardioplegia was done.

A composite Dacron with autologous pericardium patch was used for left ventricular free wall rupture repair and the geometry of the left ventricle was restored. Subsequently aorta was declamped; the patient was weaned from CEC and a good spontaneous hemodynamic was recovered.


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