CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 80–82 | Cite as

Considerations in Catheter Retrieval From the Arterial System

  • Irwin M BestEmail author
  • Karin L Butler
  • Harvey L Bumpers


Catheter-based techniques have become commonplace in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Despite the significant improvements in materials and techniques, catheter separation or fracture may occur and result in catheter embolization or intravascular retention. We present such an occurrence during antegrade access to the common femoral artery. Although the sheared catheter was visualized fluoroscopically, attempts at percutaneous recovery were futile. Our findings at exploration confirmed total intravascular retention and impaction of the catheter. Practioners should recognize this problem and avoid the dangers associated with percutaneous recovery.


Sheared catheter Retained catheter Percutaneous catheter retrieval 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwin M Best
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karin L Butler
    • 2
  • Harvey L Bumpers
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyEmory University, School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMorehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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