Fractured inferior vena cava filter strut presenting as a penetrating foreign body in the right ventricle: Report of a case

S. Prathap Kumar, Ali Mahtabifard, J Nilas Young

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Migration of a fractured strut of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to the heart is a rare complication. We report the case of a 40-year-old woman who had this complication eight months after infrarenal IVC filter placement. She presented with chest pain. The broken arm of the IVC filter had migrated to the heart and penetrated the free wall of the right ventricle. It was removed successfully by cardiac surgery without the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-381
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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