Right Atrial and Massive Pulmonary Artery Mechanical Thrombectomy Under Echocardiography Guidance Using the FlowTriever System

EJVES Short Rep. 2019 Nov 7;45:22-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvssr.2019.10.001. eCollection 2019.


Introduction: Management of clot in transit in patients with pulmonary embolism, who are candidates for percutaneous intervention, can be challenging. This is a case report of simultaneous right atrial mechanical thrombectomy under echocardiography guidance and pulmonary artery embolectomy under fluoroscopy guidance, using the recently introduced FlowTriever system (Inari Medical Inc., Irvine, CA, USA).

Report: An 88 year old female, resuscitated from cardiopulmonary arrest near the end of a total right hip arthroplasty, presented for management of suspected massive pulmonary embolism. Her right atrial thrombus was removed under transthoracic echocardiography guidance, and her pulmonary arterial thrombus was subsequently successfully treated under fluoroscopy.

Discussion: The FlowTriever system can be safely and effectively used under real time transthoracic echocardiography guidance to retrieve clot in transit from the cardiac chambers, in addition to its standard application for the pulmonary artery under fluoroscopy guidance.

Keywords: FlowTriever; Inari; Mechanical thrombectomy; Pulmonary emboli; Right atrium.

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