Case Report

Endovascular foreign objects retrieved by interventional radiologists at Universitas Hospital

H.F. Potgieter, E Loggenberg
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 8, No 2 | a131 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v8i2.131 | © 2004 H.F. Potgieter, E Loggenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2004 | Published: 09 June 2004

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H.F. Potgieter, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of the Free State and Universitas Hospital, Bloemfontein, South Africa
E Loggenberg, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of the Free State and Universitas Hospital, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Abstract

During the past 4 years, 15 patients have undergone intravascular removal of foreign bodies — 9 central venous line fragments, 3 guidewires, 2 pacemaker leads and 1 misplaced embolisation coil. Ten foreign bodies (including 2 guidewires, 2 pacemaker leads and 6 central venous catheter fragments) were recovered from the big veins and right heart, 3 (central venous line fragments) from the pulmonary arterial system and 2 (an embolisation coil and a guidewire) from the arterial system. The percutaneous removal of foreign bodies is efficient with few complications. Surgery should only be considered for patients in whom removal attempts with endovascular interventional techniques have failed.

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