Heart, Lung and Circulation
Clinical Spotlight| Volume 24, ISSUE 8, e127-e129, August 2015

Percutaneous Removal of Inferior Vena Cava Filter after Migration to Pulmonary Artery using an 8-Fr Multipurpose Catheter

Published:April 21, 2015DOI:
      An inferior vena cava filter migrated to the left pulmonary artery during removal. The legs of the filter were not open adequately due to thrombus accumulating around the legs and resulted in the filter floating up and migrating to the pulmonary artery through the right atrium and ventricle. The hook for retrieval placed at the top of the filter faced proximal in the pulmonary artery and the legs of filter remained closed, consequently the filter could be removed safely from the pulmonary artery. An 8-Fr multipurpose catheter with its flexibility was useful to retrieve the filter from the pulmonary artery.


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