Incidence and clinical course of limb dysfunction post cardiac catheterization: A systematic review

Muhammad Ayyaz Ul Haq, Muhammad Rashid, Ian C. Gilchrist, Olivier Bertrand, Chun Shing Kwok, Chun Wai Wong, Hossam M. Mansour, Yasser Baghdaddy, James Nolan, Maarten A.H. van Leeuwen, Mamas A. Mamas

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Background: We systematically reviewed the available literature on limb dysfunction after transradial access (TRA) or transfemoral access (TFA) cardiac catheterization. Methods and Results: MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched for studies evaluating any transradial or transfemoral procedures and limb function outcomes. Data were extracted and results were narratively synthesized with similar treatment arms. The TRA group included 15 studies with 3,616 participants and of these 3 reported nerve damage with a combined incidence of 0.16% and 4 reported sensory loss, tingling and numbness with a pooled incidence of 1.61%. Pain after TRA was the most common form of limb dysfunction (7.77%) reported in 3 studies. The incidence of hand dysfunction defined as disability, grip strength change, power loss or neuropathy was low at 0.49%. Although radial artery occlusion (RAO) was not a primary endpoint for this review, it was observed in 3.57% of the participants in a total of 8 studies included. The TFA group included 4 studies with 15,903,894 participants; the rates of peripheral neuropathy were 0.004%, sensory neuropathy caused by local groin injury and retroperitoneal hematomas were 0.04% and 0.17%, respectively, and motor deficit caused by femoral and obturator nerve damage was 0.13%. Conclusions: Limb dysfunction post cardiac catheterization is rare, but patients may have nonspecific sensory and motor complaints that resolve over a period of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2736-2744
Number of pages9
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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