Management of catheter emboli

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  • Catheter emboli are a significant risk to patient well-being. With a 49% complication rate for indwelling catheter emboli, the consensus is that these foreign bodies should be removed. Preferably, the emboli are removed by percutaneous extraction; however, if the emboli are in the heart or central vasculature and percutaneous extraction fails, then thoracotomy with operative removal is necessary. We analyze the literature on catheter emboli and present a case showing that extraction of embolized fragments is not always possible.
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  • Roye GD; Breazeale EE; Byrnes JPM; Rue LW
  • Start Page

  • 714
  • End Page

  • 718
  • Volume

  • 89
  • Issue

  • 7