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Distal transradial artery access for coronary angiography in a patient having rheumatoid arthritis-related severe arthropathies


Conventional radial access has become the default access for coronary angiography. Sometime, it is difficult to take a conventional radial access, especially in patients having severe arthropathies leading to limited wrist joint mobility. In such scenarios, distal transradial access (dTRA) can be adopted. We describe a case of an elderly male patient having rheumatoid arthritis with arthropathies. He presented to us with unstable angina; coronary angiogram was advised for ischaemia assessment. Right dTRA was adopted due to severe joint deformity at wrist joint, limiting joint extension. A successful coronary angiogram was performed via the right dTRA without major discomfort and complications. Haemostasis was secured with TR band radial artery compression device. In this case report, we have evaluated the importance of practising dTRA in a patient with severe arthropathies.

  • interventional cardiology
  • ischaemic heart disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis

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