Transradial access for percutaneous coronary intervention and diagnostic coronary angiography has been increasingly utilised in the routine practice in most catheterisation laboratories as it reduces the incidence of major access site complications such as bleeding and haematoma. Radial artery spasm with or without perforation is one of the more frequent reasons for converting from radial to femoral access. In this article, the balloon-assisted technique and Sheathless EauCath (Asahi Intecc, Aichi, Japan) are demonstrated to overcome radial artery spasm with associated significant perforation in two cases.
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Published online: January 27, 2015
Accepted: December 26, 2014
Received in revised form: October 15, 2014
Received: August 17, 2014
© 2015 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.