Implanted port dislodgment


E.I. Elkhoury, M.I, Boeckx, W.D., Chahine, E.G. and Feghali, M.A. (2008) Retrieval of port-A catheter fragment from the main and right pulmonary arteries 3 years after dislodgment. The Journal of Vascular Access. 9(4) p.296-298.


Vascular access (VA) is one of the serious problems that chemotherapy recipient cancer patients face. Fractures of catheter and cardiac migration rarely occur; the catheter fragments migrate distally along the blood stream finally lodging anywhere in the vena cava, right atrium, right ventricle, or the main pulmonary artery or one of its branches. Percutaneous retrieval method is always suggested first.

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