Entrapment of pulmonary artery catheter in a suture at the inferior vena cava cannulation site

Liguang Huang, Ahmad Elsharydah, Atta Nawabi, Randall C. Cork

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Abstract

Entrapment of a pulmonary artery catheter (Swan-Ganz catheter) in the heart, vena cava, or pulmonary artery is a very rare and serious complication that may lead to life-threatening complications such as cardiac rupture, pulmonary artery rupture, cardiac tamponade, among others, if not recognized and treated early. We report entrapment of a Swan-Ganz catheter in the purse-string suture at the inferior vena cava cannulation site for a patient undergoing aortic valve replacement. This situation required a repeat sternotomy to release the pulmonary artery catheter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-559
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

Keywords

  • Catheterization: complications, entrapment
  • Swan-Ganz catheter
  • pulmonary artery catheter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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