Nonselective left internal mammary artery angiography during right transradial coronary angiography: A simple, rapid, and safe technique

Kwang Soo Cha, Moo Hyun Kim, Jui Sung Hung, Jong Soo Woo, Young Dae Kim, Jong Seong Kim, Jui-Sung Hung

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Abstract

Internal mammary artery angiography is increasingly required, but the technique for left internal mammary artery (LIMA) angiography during right transradial coronary angiography is not well established. The authors investigated the feasibility and safety of a new, simple, and rapid nonselective technique. Following right transradial coronary angiography, LIMA angiography was performed using a 5 French (Fr) Judkins JL-3.5 catheter in 110 patients. The catheter, placed in the ascending aorta with its natural curve, was withdrawn slowly while being rotated clockwise to engage its tip in the proximal left subclavian artery. Contrast material was injected while sphygmomanometer cuff inflation was applied to the left upper arm. In the last 50 patients, the angiography was performed twice randomly with and without the cuff inflation. In 108 patients (98%), the catheter was successfully engaged in the subclavian artery in a mean of 11 ±8 seconds (range, 3-136) from the time when it was withdrawn from the ascending aorta, and nonselective LIMA angiography was successfully performed. The image quality of the angiograms was satisfactory in 103 (95%) of the 108 patients. In the last 50 patients, the image quality of the angiograms was determined satisfactory in 48 (96%) and 45 (90%) patients, with and without the cuff inflation, respectively. The difference was statistically not significant. There were no complications, including arterial dissection and thromboembolism. In conclusion, nonselective LIMA angiography can be readily and safely performed during right transradial coronary angiography using a 5 Fr Judkins JL-3.5 catheter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-779
Number of pages7
JournalAngiology
Volume52
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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