Coronary stents have revolutionized the practice of interventional cardiology. They reduce vessel recoil and the risk of restenosis during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Stent loss – whereby the stent becomes dislodged from the delivery balloon during attempted deployment – is rare, but it is a potentially serious complication of PCI. Knowledge of how to manage this situation can help to avoid adverse sequelae such as stroke, myocardial infarction, coronary perforation and the need for emergency cardiac surgery.
KeywordsPercutaneous coronary intervention Complications Stent loss Embolization