Use of fogarty catheter to limit hemorrhage and hematoma after vacuum-assisted breast biopsy

Acta Radiol. 2008 Sep;49(7):752-4.


A 42-year-old woman underwent vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VABB, 11G) due to a nonpalpable, BI-RADS 4A lesion without microcalcifications. During the procedure, an extraordinarily large amount of blood was lost. In an attempt to stop the hemorrhage and limit the imminent hematoma, a thin intravascular Fogarty catheter was inserted adjacent to the VABB probe (through the same incision). The catheter was maintained in its position for 2 days. At clinical examination 9 days after VABB, no hematoma was present. The use of a Fogarty catheter seems capable of limiting any severe bleeding after VABB and may also possibly prevent subsequent hematoma formation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biopsy / adverse effects
  • Biopsy / methods*
  • Breast Diseases / pathology*
  • Catheterization / instrumentation*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Hematoma / prevention & control*
  • Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Hemorrhage / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Vacuum