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September 1973

Transvenous Removal of Catheter Fragments From the Heart and Pulmonary Artery

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Adult Cardiology, Hektoen Institute for Medical Research of the Cook County Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. Dr. Rahimtoola is now with the University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Ore.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(3):419-421. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650090091016

Two patients had successful removal of catheter emboli from the heart and pulmonary arteries by the transvenous route. Emboli of catheter fragments are common, and transvenous techniques for removal of these emboli are reviewed. These techniques are simple and safe and could be used in most cardiovascular laboratories.