Arch Vessel Injury during Pulmonary Artery Catheter Placement

Irving L. Kron, Axel W. Joob, Carol L. Lake, Stanton P. Nolan

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We have observed seven instances of unintentional cannulation of major arteries with 8F sheaths during preparation for open-heart operation. When the sheath was removed and the operation delayed, there were no complications; in the two instances in which the open-heart operation was performed immediately after arterial cannulation, there was 1 death due to hemorrhage and 1 false aneurysm of the carotid artery. Elective open-heart operations should be delayed if unintentional cannulation of a major artery occurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-224
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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