Late percutaneous extraction of an intracardiac catheter fragment

Jpn Heart J. 1993 Jan;34(1):117-9. doi: 10.1536/ihj.34.117.


A patient was found to have a mobile catheter fragment in the right atrium incidentally during echocardiography. On further investigation, it was learned that the catheter had been inserted 9 years earlier during surgery and had probably been broken during removal. The patient did not experience any symptoms during this period. The catheter was removed percutaneously without any complications using a system similar to the loopsnare catheter.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation*
  • Echocardiography
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Heart Atria*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors