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Worldwide Recall of Coronary Catheters; Balloon Problems


On May 12, 2017, Abbott recalled specific lots of three catheters: NC Trek RX Coronary Dilatation Catheter, NC Traveler Coronary Dilatation Catheter, and NC Tenku RX PTCA Balloon Catheter. Products from the identified lots may exhibit difficulty in removing the protective balloon sheath, which could cause problems with inflating or deflating the balloon.

 

Potential risks associated with balloon inflation and deflation difficulties include air embolism, additional intervention, thrombosis, and myocardial infarction. In one reported case, failure to deflate the balloon necessitated surgery, which resulted in multiple post-surgical complications leading to death.

 

A total of 449,661 units affected by this recall have been distributed worldwide. The recalled coronary catheters were manufactured between January 1, 2015, and January 2, 2017, and were distributed between January 13, 2015, and March 14, 2017.

 

The FDA has classified this recall as a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall. Class I recalls involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

 

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See also Medical Law Perspectives Report: Mending a Broken Heart: Malpractice Risks in Diagnosing and Treating Heart Disease

 

See also Medical Law Perspectives Report: Congenital Heart Conditions: How Infants, Adults, and Healthcare Providers Handle the Risks

 

See also Medical Law Perspectives Report: Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Attacks: Liability Issues

 

 

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