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BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.06.2011.4303
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Port-a-cath embolisation to pulmonary artery

  1. Meekoo Dhar2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Hematology-Oncology, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York, USA
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vijaya Raj Bhatt, vrbhatta{at}gmail.com

Summary

Intravascular embolisation of catheter, a relatively uncommon event associated with the use of totally implanted port devices, can have serious cardiovascular, pulmonary and septic complications with an overall mortality of 1.8%. Here, the authors report an asymptomatic patient with pulmonary artery catheter embolisation diagnosed incidentally in a positron emission tomography scan who underwent successful percutaneous extraction of the catheter in an attempt to avoid the possible dreadful complications.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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