A safe and simple method for axIABP placement using a left axillary-radial technique

Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2020 Sep 26. doi: 10.1002/ccd.29283. Online ahead of print.


In patients with severe heart failure, a percutaneous axillary intraaortic balloon pump (axIABP) may permit ambulation while awaiting destination therapy. Traditionally, an "axillary-femoral" approach has been used with femoral access for axillary angiography during insertion. We describe an "axillary-radial" technique for axIABP insertion and removal using the left radial artery.

Keywords: ECMO/IABP/tandem/impella; brachial/radial/ulnar; cardiogenic; catheterization; heart failure; mechanical circulatory support; shock; transplantation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports