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September 1980

A Misplaced Caval Filter: Its Removal From the Heart Without Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Akins, Thurer, and Margolies), Radiology (Dr Waltman), and Anesthesiology (Dr Schneider), Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(9):1133. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380090097024

• Placement of metallic filters into the inferior vena cava for the prevention of pulmonary embolism has become a popular procedure that has reportedly little morbidity. The present case describes the misplacement of a Kim-Ray Greenfield filter into the right atrium and the subsequent successful removal of the device without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass.

(Arch Surg 115:1133, 1980)

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