Catheter embolization

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Pulmonary embolization of fractured catheter is a really uncommon complication, mainly related to the port catheter system percutaneously implanted through the subclavian vein. The main reason seems to be related to a continuous mechanical stress between the catheter and the ligament connecting clavicle and the first rib, when the vein is too medially approached. Pinchoff sign is the typical radiological finding of this phenomenon and can be detected by a plain chest x-ray, immediately after an incorrect implantation. Embolized fragments of fractured catheter could be easily removed by means of a minimally invasive percutaneous procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTotally Implantable Venous Access Devices: Management in Mid- and Long-Term Clinical Setting
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia s.r.l.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9788847023734, 9788847023727
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Central venous catheters
  • Foreign body removal
  • Fractured catheter
  • Pinch-Off syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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