ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
The accidental expansion of an inferior vena cava filter which migrated to the pulmonary artery
Bülent Sarıtaş1, Ali Harman2, Tankut Akay1, Oktay Korun1, Atilla Sezgin1
1Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
2Departments of Invasive Radiology, Medical Faculty of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2012.115
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) may result in fatal pulmonary thromboembolism. Inferior vena cava filters are used to prevent thromboembolic events in patients who are not eligible for anticoagulant therapy. However, the major disadvantage of these filters is they migrate to the pulmonary artery. In this article, we report the case of a 68-year-old female patient for whom the inferior vena cava filter accidentally expanded after it migrated to the pulmonary artery.
Keywords : Deep venous thrombosis; embolization; migration; vena cava inferior filter
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