Extraction of the radial artery during transradial coronary angiography: an unusual complication. Academic Article uri icon


  • The transradial approach is currently an accepted alternative for vascular access during percutaneous coronary interventions. Access-site complications, such as mild hematoma, hematic effusions, and reduced or absent radial pulse, have been reported. We report the occurrence of total extraction of the radial artery during sheath removal. The occurrence of this complication emphasizes the need for meticulous attention and prudence when a patient complains of local pain during sheath extraction.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003