Cardiovascular System

Cardiovascular System

ISSN 2052-4358
Case report

Successful removal of a peripherally inserted central catheter fragment from the heart with a vena cava filter retrieval set

Nan-Dong Miao, Hao Xu, Lin Yang*, Xiao-Ming Zhang, Yong-Jun Ren, Kang Liu and Xu-Li Min

*Correspondence: Lin Yang

Author Affiliations

Sichuan Key Laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong, Sichuan 637000, P. R. China.


Many major complications related to peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines have been reported in the literature. Of these complications, spontaneous catheter fracture is rare. Percutaneous retrieval avoids the need for surgery in these cases. A few percutaneous techniques have been reported, but very little has been published in the literature regarding the use of vena cava filter retrieval sets. Here, we report a case of a female patient with breast cancer who experienced a fracture of the PICC with subsequent migration of the catheter fragment through the superior vena cava and into the right atrium, the right ventricle and the main pulmonary artery. The catheter fragment was removed by retrograde femoral vein catheterization with a vena cava filter retrieval set.

Keywords: Radiology, interventional, complications, foreign bodies

ISSN 2052-4358
Volume 2
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