Coronary guidewire circumcision during use of a gopher support catheter: Potential adverse interaction with polymer-jacketed wire design

Ehrin J. Armstrong, Kendrick A. Shunk

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Support catheters with a threaded, distal tip may be useful for crossing recalcitrant coronary lesions. The interaction between the Gopher support catheter and polymercoated coronary guidewires may, however, result in circumferential stripping of polymer from the guidewire, with resulting wire damage or fracture. We report two cases of polymer-coated guidewire damage with use of a Gopher support catheter, suggesting that these two devices should not be used together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Angiography
  • Complications adult cath/intervention
  • Coronary
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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