Percutaneous endovascular removal of a broken port-a-catheter from right atrium using manual made snare

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Case Report




Fracture and migration of port-a-catheter, following long term access into the central venous vasculature is a rare clinical scenario. The consequences of fracture and migration includes fragmented device relocating into the right atrium or ventricle, eventually causing life threatening complications such as arrhythmias, pseudoaneurysms, perforations or very rarely embolization. We report a case of a 67-year-old female with a broken port-a-catheter which had been placed initially for chemotherapy for bilateral breast cancer. Chest radiograph showed the fragmented catheter had migrated to the right atrium; which was successfully removed via percutaneous radiological endovascular intervention. No immediate post procedure complication was noted.

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Radiology case reports

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