Novel use of the AngioVac system
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The Vortex Medical AngioVac Cannula was employed in a 71-year-old man with a renal neoplasm with occlusion of the inferior vena cava and involvement of the right atrial cavity. Due to the presence of diffuse metastases, surgery was not indicated, and the AngioVac system was employed to remove the free-floating mobile atrial mass, thus minimizing the risk of pulmonary embolism and as a bioptic tool to allow a correct histological diagnosis. This novel use of this system may be advantageous in other similar cases.
KeywordsRenal neoplasm Thrombosis Right atrium
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There was no research involving animals. Patient informed consent was obtained.