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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 763284, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/763284
Case Report

Catheter Fracture and Embolization Related to an Arm Venous Port

Medical Imaging, Royal University Hospital, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 0W8

Received 30 June 2011; Accepted 10 August 2011

Academic Editor: A. Komemushi

Copyright © 2011 Brent E. Burbridge. 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

This 55-year-old female had a chest X-ray during a follow-up visit for the management of her breast cancer. The chest X-ray demonstrated an embolized venous catheter superimposed upon the mediastinum. It was determined that the catheter of the patient's arm port had fractured and embolized to the pulmonary circulation. The catheter was retrieved, in the interventional radiology suite, under fluoroscopic guidance. The patient suffered no ill effects. Subsequently, one day later, the old vein port was removed and a new arm port and associated catheter were implanted to facilitate the delivery of the patient's ongoing chemotherapy.