Korean J Med.  2012 Nov;83(5):633-636.

Percutaneous Retrieval of an Intravascular Catheter Embolus

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Daedong Hospital, Busan, Korea. reuental@hanmail.net

Abstract

Intravascular catheter embolism is common and the most important complication of subclavian catheterization. The catheter fragment can lead to pulmonary embolism, vascular perforation, sepsis, arrhythmia, and even death. The intravascular foreign body can be removed using surgical or non-surgical methods. With technological advances, the percutaneous retrieval of intravascular foreign bodies has become a relatively common procedure. A commonly used method for retrieving intravascular foreign bodies is the loop snare. Sometimes biopsy forceps can be used. We experienced a case of non-surgical retrieval of an intravascular foreign body. We used the standard loop snare technique to remove a 5-cm catheter fragment from the left pulmonary artery.

Keyword

Subclavian vein catheterization; Catheter emboli; Loop snare

MeSH Terms

Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Biopsy
Catheterization
Catheters
Embolism
Foreign Bodies
Pulmonary Artery
Pulmonary Embolism
Sepsis
SNARE Proteins
Surgical Instruments
SNARE Proteins
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