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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-191X
Kirksey L. 1, Woody D. J. 2, Plazk L. 2
1 Department of Surgery Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newark, NJ, USA
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery The Graduate Hospital Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA, USA
The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is the gold standard for the mechanical assistance of failing heart. Balloon rupture is a potential complication that may result in a retained device. The operative removal by direct exposure of the femoral vessels has previously been described. We report the case of a retained IABP requiring laparotomy and direct aortic exposure for removal of the device.