Successful nonsurgical removal of a knotted and entrapped pulmonary artery catheter

Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn. 1998 Jan;43(1):87-9. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-0304(199801)43:1<87::aid-ccd26>;2-p.


Knotting of a balloon-tipped, flow-directed catheter leading to difficulty in its removal is a rare but serious complication. Several methods have been used to remove such catheters with nonsurgical techniques. A case of knotted catheter that was also entrapped in a surgical suture in a patient undergoing emergency mitral valve replacement is presented and a method for its nonsurgical removal is described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Catheterization, Swan-Ganz / adverse effects*
  • Catheterization, Swan-Ganz / instrumentation
  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography, Thoracic