Retrieval of embolized tip of port catheter from branch of right pulmonary artery using a macro snare catheter

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Bostan M., Durakoǧlugil M. E., ŞATIROĞLU Ö., ERDİVANLI B., TUFAN G.

Interventional Medicine and Applied Science, vol.6, no.2, pp.93-95, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Rupture of the silicon port catheter is a relatively rare complication. Ruptured part usually embolizes; therefore, removal of foreign body may be difficult. These ports usually migrate to right-sided chambers, main pulmonary arteries, and pulmonary subbranches. Different devices such as snares, basket catheters, and ablation catheters are utilized for retrieval. Hereby, we report successful extraction of an embolized 10-cm tip of a vascular access port using a macro snare catheter.