Ann Thorac Surg 1980;29:575-577
© 1980 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Transjugular Forceps Retrieval of Catheter Embolus
Ronald L. Meng, M.D.*,
Giacomo A. DeLaria, M.D.,
Marshall D. Goldin, M.D.
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Rush-Presbysterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Accepted for publication December 14, 1979.
* Address reprint requests to Dr. Meng, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1753 W Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60612
Intracardiac migration of an intravenous catheter was treated transvenously in 5 patients successfully. Using local anesthesia and fluoroscopic guidance, a bronchoscopy forceps was passed through the right jugular vein to the right atrium and afforded efficient and safe retrieval of the embolus. The direct route to the right atrium provided by the right internal jugular vein and the precise control offerred by the rigid forceps make this the preferred method of retrieval of a transvenous catheter embolus.
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