April 9, 1973

Transvenous Retrieval of Foreign Bodies in the Cardiac Circulation

Author Affiliations

From the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1973;224(2):241-242. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220150049014

A series of six patients had foreign bodies (sheared or broken intravenous lines) lying free in the circulation. "Nonsurgical" transvenous removal was accomplished successfully using a wire snare. Sites of foreign body embolism and subsequent removal included the superior vena cava, the right atrium, the right ventricle, and the pulmonary artery.