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Ann Med Res. 2011; 18(4): 263-265

Percutaneous Transvenous Removal of an Entire Detached Port Catheter by Using a Snare-Loop Catheter in a 13-Month-Old Child


Filiz Şenocak*, Utku Arman Örün*, Özben Ceylan*, Vehbi Doğan*, Mahmut Keskin*, Selmin Karademir*




When prolonged intravenous therapy is necessary in children, it is better to insert central venous catheters. Fragmentation or detachment with embolization of these catheters is infrequent, but can cause serious complications. Therefore, in such cases prompt extraction of the misplaced endovascular or intracardiac fragment(s) is mandatory. Percutaneous retrieval is a safe and reliable technique and should be considered as the treatment of choice. We reported successfull retrieval of a totally detached port catheter from the pulmonary artery of a 13-month-old patient with acute myeloblastic leukemia.

Key Words: Port Catheter; Percutaneous Retrieval; Child; Snare-Loop Catheter.

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