Percutaneous coronary angioplasty is increasingly employed in the treatment of patients with complex coronary
Different steerable guide wires used to open occluded vessel and facilitate balloon and stent deployment. However, the
guide-wire itself is not without hazard: it may perforate or dissect the vessel, but fracture or entrapment is uncommon. Its
management depends on the clinical situation of the patient, as well as the position and length of the remnant.
In this review we discuss the angioplasty guide-wire fracture and entrapment risk factors, potential risks and management.