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Endovascular foreign objects retrieved by interventional radiologists at Universitas Hospital

HF Potgieter, E Loggenberg

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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