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08 April 2024 : Case report  USA

[In Press] Successful Surgical Extraction of an Embolized Iliac Vein Stent from the Right Heart: A Case Report

Unusual clinical course, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents

Aakash Angirekula ORCID logo1ABE, Neil Patel1AE, Kirit Patel2AB

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.943620

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.943620  

Available online: 2024-04-08, In Press, Corrected Proof

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Stenting of the iliac vein remains one of the therapeutic options for the treatment of May-Thurner syndrome. Embolization of peripheral venous stents due to improper technique is a feared complication with an estimated incidence of 1% to 3%. Here we describe an interesting case of an embolized iliac vein stent in the right heart that was successfully extracted via a surgical approach.
A 52-year-old woman with a past medical history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and iliac vein stent (16×60 mm Zilver Vena) placement for May-Thurner syndrome presented for evaluation of shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness. A chest X-ray was performed, revealing a large stent in the cardiac silhouette. An echocardiogram showed a dense material across the tricuspid valve extending from the right atrium into the right ventricle. A percutaneous endovascular attempt to retrieve the stent was unsuccessful and led only to partial stent retrieval. An open sternotomy approach by a cardiac surgeon revealed the embolized stent across the tricuspid valve covered by endothelial tissue. The stent was successfully extracted without any need for tricuspid valve repair or replacement, followed by an uneventful postoperative recovery.
The percutaneous approach is the preferred initial option for the extraction of embolized iliac vein stents into the heart. However, when such an approach fails, the surgical approach remains a feasible option. As reported in this case, the surgical retrieval of a stent can be done without any need for either tricuspid valve repair or replacement.

Keywords: Iliac Vein; May-Thurner Syndrome; Stents

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923