Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Technical Note

Simultaneous proximal embolic protection and inferior vena cava mechanical thrombectomy using the FlowTriever system

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Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, United States

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Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, United States

Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26: 345-348
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2019.19458
Read: 260 Downloads: 88 Published: 30 October 2019

Interventional radiologists have the unique ability to apply their imaging knowledge, wide scope of technical skills, and use of innovative technologies to comprehensively address the percutaneous management of the thromboembolic disease processes. This report illustrates successful management of a thrombosed IVC, while protecting against possible pulmonary embolism. Here, we present a 49-year-old female with stage IIIB ovarian cancer who presented with severe bilateral lower extremity edema and anasarca in setting of occlusive thrombus of IVC. The thrombus was the result of compressionfrom a large hepatic hematoma which gradually developed after radical hysterectomy. A new mechanical thrombectomy device approved for use in pulmonary embolism, Inari FlowTriever catheter, was used off-label to remove the clot.  The self-expanding mesh discs in the Inari FlowTriever catheter were utilized to protect against pulmonary embolism while percutaneously draining the hepatic hematoma and alleviating the IVC compression. The IVC was largely patent at the end of the procedure, and the patient experienced complete resolution of her symptoms. This case report demonstrates the successful and safe off-label use of a new mechanical thrombectomy device approved for pulmonary embolism thrombectomy in the IVC and illustrates a novel application of the nitinol mesh discs in the device as proximal embolic protection.

You may cite this article as: Murali N, Nezami N, Latich I, Brown J, Mojibian H. Simultaneous proximal embolic protection and inferior vena cava mechanical thrombectomy using the FlowTriever system. Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26:345–348.

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