Treatment options for central venous catheter emboli

Çimen T, Doğan M, Akyel A, Yeter E. Catheter inside the right heart for 22 years: to intervene or not to intervene? Postępy w Kardiologii Interwencyjnej = Advances in Interventional Cardiology. 2015;11(1):62-63.

Treatment of a central venous catheter emboli that has been asymptomatic for a number of years is controversial. A 56-year-old male patient who had an operation for sinus Valsalva aneurism rupture 22 years ago was referred to cardiology department for routine control. He had a mass inside the right heart on echocardiographic examination, and computed tomography revealed that this mass was an embolic piece of catheter. Catheters that have stayed inside the heart for a long time are removed due to the risk of distal embolisation and endocarditis, but the risk of removal is not known. Non-invasive follow-up of asymptomatic patients is often preferred because of the stabilisation of the embolised catheter due to endothelisation and the risk of complications during removal. Treatment of patients with catheter-piece emboli who are asymptomatic should be individualised, taking into account the risk of thrombosis, arrhythmia, and infection.

published on IV Team 8 Apr 2015

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