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August 2006

Artificial Foreign Body Embolism After Percutaneous Cardiac Catheterization

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(8):1065-1086. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.8.1077

A 63-year-old man presented with several purpuric lesions on the right palm and fingers. One day before his visit, the patient had percutaneous cardiac catheterization for angina through his right brachial artery using a 5F catheter, and following this operation, he noticed the skin lesions. Physical examination disclosed that each lesion was about 5 mm in diameter with mild induration and tenderness (Figure 1).