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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2016, Article ID 4340193, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4340193
Case Report

Successful Interventional Management for Pulmonary Arterial Injury Secondary to Pacemaker Implantation

1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Gunma University Hospital, Gunma, Japan
2Department of Radiology, Maebashi Red Cross Hospital, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan

Received 5 July 2016; Accepted 3 October 2016

Academic Editor: Renee Bornemeier

Copyright © 2016 Hiroyuki Tokue 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.

Abstract

Subclavian vein puncture is a relatively fast and safe technique to access the right heart for placement of pacemaker leads. Hemothorax related to injury of the pulmonary artery (PA) is a rare complication of subclavian vein access but can be life-threatening. We report a case of hemothorax occurring after subclavian vein puncture for pacemaker implantation. No cases of transcatheter arterial embolization for PA injury secondary to pacemaker implantation have been reported. Understanding of this rare complication after pacemaker implantation along with its specific clinical presentation may lead to early diagnosis and intervention.