Surgical removal of an atrial septal occluder device embolized to the main pulmonary artery

Emre Boysan, Omer Faruk Cicek, Mustafa Cuneyt Cicek, Ziyaddin Hamurcu, Sami Gurkahraman
Texas Heart Institute Journal 2014, 41 (1): 91-3
Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects in adults has emerged as an alternative to surgery. We report a sequela of such closure in a 16-year-old boy: embolization of the atrial septal defect occluder into the main pulmonary artery when the patient experienced an episode of intense coughing immediately after device deployment. We removed the device surgically and closed the atrial septal defect in a standard manner, with an autologous pericardial patch.

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