ABSTRACT: The case report describes the situation where a venous infusion catheter was inadvertently stitched to the lateral wall of the right atrium during valve replacement. A dual percutaneous approach was used to first sever the catheter at the suture and then remove both ends safely. The risk of tearing the suture which would have resulted in tamponade had to be avoided.
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2010;22:E42–E43
Entrapment of a central venous catheter to an intracardiac structure in open heart surgery is a rare but serious complication. We report a case wherein a central venous c... continue reading about Stitched To the Heart – Till Intervention Do Us Part