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J Invasive Cardiol. 2010 Mar;22(3):E42-3.

Stitched to the heart--till intervention do us part.

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Cardiovascular Department, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland.


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.

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