CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 435–438

Coil Protruding into the Common Femoral Vein Following Pelvic Venous Embolization

  • Petra Marsh
  • Judith M. Holdstock
  • Jennifer L. Bacon
  • Anthony J. Lopez
  • Mark S. Whiteley
  • Barrie A. Price
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00270-007-9249-5

Cite this article as:
Marsh, P., Holdstock, J.M., Bacon, J.L. et al. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol (2008) 31: 435. doi:10.1007/s00270-007-9249-5

Abstract

Pelvic venous embolization is performed for pelvic congestion syndrome and prior to lower limb varicose vein surgery in females with associated pelvic venous insufficiency. The procedure is analogous to varicocele embolization in males, although refluxing internal iliac vein tributaries may also be embolized. We report a case of inadvertent coil placement in the common femoral vein while embolizing the obturator vein, during pelvic vein embolization for recurrent lower limb varicose veins. There were no clinical consequences and the coil was left in situ. We advise caution when embolizing internal iliac vein tributaries where there is clinically significant communication with veins of the lower limb.

Keywords

Pelvic vein embolizationRecurrent varices after surgery (REVAS)Chronic venous insufficiencyPelvic venous insufficiencyVulval varicesPelvic congestion syndrome

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Marsh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judith M. Holdstock
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Bacon
    • 2
  • Anthony J. Lopez
    • 2
  • Mark S. Whiteley
    • 1
  • Barrie A. Price
    • 1
  1. 1.The Whiteley ClinicGuildfordUK
  2. 2.The Royal Surrey County HospitalGuildfordUK