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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2015, Article ID 495065, 4 pages
Case Report

Aspiration Thrombectomy in a Patient with Suprarenal Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis

Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Hyogo College of Medicine, 1-1 Mukogawacho, Nishinomiya 663-8501, Japan

Received 17 October 2014; Accepted 14 January 2015

Academic Editor: Saadeh Al-Jureidini

Copyright © 2015 Hideyuki Kishima et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


DVT has rarely been observed in the inferior vena cava (IVC). Pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be life-threatening, often occurred in patients with IVC thrombosis. Therefore, an IVC filter is frequently used in those patients for the prevention of PE. A case of successful endovascular treatment of an IVC thrombus in a patient with relative contraindications to implantation of an IVC filter is presented. This case report shows that aspiration of thrombi caught in the removable IVC filter may be an alternative to surgery in high-risk patients with catheter-related suprarenal inferior vena cava thrombosis.