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Routine use of the transradial approach in primary percutaneous coronary intervention
  1. Krzysztof Letachowicz,
  2. Waldemar Letachowicz,
  3. Mariusz Kusztal,
  4. Waclaw Weyde,
  5. Marian Klinger
  1. Department of Nephrology and Transplantation Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Krzysztof Letachowicz, Department of Nephrology and Transplantation Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska 213, Wroclaw 50556, Poland; letach{at}poczta.onet.pl

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To the Editor We read with great interest the article by Vink et al evaluating the feasibility of a routine transradial approach in primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The study demonstrates that when transradial approach is used for percutaneous coronary intervention, both very high success rates in vascular access and excellent procedural outcomes can be achieved.1 Unfortunately, the authors omitted information about vascular complications, especially radial artery thrombosis. In the study of Zankl et al, radial artery occlusion was found in 10.5% of patients …

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