Two "buddies" may be better than one: Use of two buddy wires to expand an underexpanded left main coronary stent

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Stent underexpansion is a catastrophic complication of stent implantation that can usually be treated with high-pressure balloon dilatation. We report a case of emergency, unprotected distal left main coronary artery stenting, in which the left main stent remained under-expanded in spite of multiple high-pressure balloon inflations, cutting balloon angioplasty, and angioplasty using one buddy wire. The stent eventually expanded after balloon angioplasty using a double buddy wire technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E355-E358
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007



  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Complications
  • Coronary artery stents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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