Ruptured intra-aortic balloon pump. A case report.

  title={Ruptured intra-aortic balloon pump. A case report.},
  author={Lee Kirksey and Debra J. Woody and L Plazk},
  journal={The Journal of cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={43 4},
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… CONTINUE READING