BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2013-009012

A rare complication of endovenous laser ablation: intravascular laser catheter breakage

  1. Erdinc Eroglu1
  1. 1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sütçü İmam University, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Sütçü İmam University, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mehmet Fatih Inci, drfatihinci{at}


During endovenous laser ablation, which is performed as an alternative to surgery for the treatment of superficial venous insufficiency of lower extremity and associated varicose veins, it was realised that the distal end of the catheter protecting the fibre sheared off; the retained catheter fragment in the saphenous vein was removed by a mini incision. Herein, we aim to present a rare complication of endovenous laser ablation.

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