The complications associated with Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)

World J Emerg Surg. 2018 May 11:13:20. doi: 10.1186/s13017-018-0181-6. eCollection 2018.


Non-compressible torso hemorrhage (NCTH) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the field of trauma and emergency medicine. In recent times, there has been a resurgence in the adoption of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) for patients who present with NCTH. Like all medical procedures, there are benefits and risks associated with the REBOA technique. However, in the case of REBOA, these complications are not unanimously agreed upon with varying viewpoints and studies. This article aims to review the current knowledge surrounding the complications of the REBOA technique at each step of its application.

Keywords: Abdomen; Complications; Hemorrhagic; Interventional; Multiple trauma; REBOA; Radiology; Shock.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aorta / injuries
  • Aorta / pathology*
  • Balloon Occlusion / adverse effects*
  • Balloon Occlusion / methods
  • Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Hemorrhage / prevention & control
  • Hemorrhage / surgery
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Myocardial Reperfusion Injury / etiology
  • Resuscitation / adverse effects*
  • Resuscitation / methods