Embolization of a PORT-A-CATH device in the main pulmonary artery and its percutaneous extraction in a patient with pinch-off syndrome [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2012; 40(2): 162-164 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2012.01821

Embolization of a PORT-A-CATH device in the main pulmonary artery and its percutaneous extraction in a patient with pinch-off syndrome

Mehmet Çilingiroğlu1, Nuri Ilker Akkus2
1University of Maryland Medical Center, USA
2Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Totally implanted port devices play an important role in acute and chronic medical care of patients with various conditions and are widely used for infusion of fluids, medications, blood or other blood products, and for monitoring hemodynamic parameters. Embolization of a part of port devices is a rare but potentially serious complication of port catheter placement. We report distal embolization of a catheter fragment of a PORT-A-CATH device into the main pulmonary artery and right ventricle and its successful percutaneous retrieval in a patient with metastatic lung cancer, who was also found to have thoracic inlet syndrome or pinch-off syndrome.

Keywords: Catheterization, central venous/adverse effects, device removal, embolism/etiology; heart catheterization

How to cite this article
Mehmet Çilingiroğlu, Nuri Ilker Akkus. Embolization of a PORT-A-CATH device in the main pulmonary artery and its percutaneous extraction in a patient with pinch-off syndrome. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2012; 40(2): 162-164

Corresponding Author: Mehmet Çilingiroğlu, Türkiye
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