Balloon occlusion of the inferior vena cava in patients with pulmonary embolization can be accomplished with use of a Fogarty catheter. With the patient under local anesthesia, the catheter is left in place until solid thrombosis of the vena cava has occurred before it is deflated and withdrawn. This method is simple, uses readily available materials, and avoids certain disadvantages inherent in other methods of catheter control.
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