Automatic rupture of unused intraport catheter.

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COD: 233-236 Categorie: ,

Paris Pappas, Nikolaos Dalianis, Dimitrios K. Filippou, Nicolas Condiis, Spiros Rizos, Panagiotis Skandalakis

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2007; 78: 233-236

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Totally Implantable Central Venous Access Devices (Intraports) are commonly used in cancer patients to administer
chemotherapy or parenteral nutrition. These devices are placed by Seldinger technique.
We report an unusual case of intraport catheter rupture before the use of the device. The ruptured part of the catheter
migrated into the left pulmonary vein via right ventricle. The ruptured part was removed by means of interventional
radiology before causing any problems to the patient.
All the reported ruptures of port catheters refer to port devices that had been used to administer chemotherapy, fluids,
or parenteral nutrition. The unique feature of this case is that the catheter had not been used at all. It is of great
interest also the removal of the broken part from the pulmonary vein.

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