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Totally implantable catheter migration and its percutaneous retrieval: case report and review of the literature

Clinical practice, 211 - 215
doi: 10.11138/gchir/2016.37.5.211
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Totally subcutaneous intravascular portals have been increasingly used to administer long-term chemotherapy and parental nutrition.
The reported complications are rare. Accidental endovascular rupture of a fragment of catheter is one of the most formidable complications of the central vein catheterization.
The Authors report a case of deployment of a Port-a-Cath catheter and its percutaneous retrieval. The catheter accidentally detached and migrated from the reservoir of the port-a-cath placed in the left subclavian vein to the right heart cavities through the blood stream.
A review of the Literature is also given, focusing on the possible factors responsible for this unusual complication.

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