Renal perforation and retroperitoneal hematoma: an unusual complication following cardiac catheterization

  • Soeren A. Peters
  • Aydan Yazar
  • Stefan P. Lemburg
  • Christoph M. Heyer
Case Report


Retroperitoneal hematoma (RPH) is a well-recognised, albeit rare complication of percutaneous transfemoral cardiac catheterization. We describe an unusual case of renal perforation and RPH following transfemoral cardiac catheterization for endomyocardial biopsy. Diagnosis was made based on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) which clearly depicted active renal hemorrhage in short acquisition time. The case expands the spectrum of possible complications of percutaneous transfemoral cardiac catheterization and illustrates the usefulness MDCT in quickly and adequately detecting RPH.


Cardiac catheterization Bleeding Complication Retroperitoneal Multidetector CT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soeren A. Peters
    • 1
  • Aydan Yazar
    • 2
  • Stefan P. Lemburg
    • 1
  • Christoph M. Heyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, and Nuclear MedicineBG Clinics Bergmannsheil, Ruhr-University of BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyBG Clinics Bergmannsheil, Ruhr-University of BochumBochumGermany

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