Journal article

Delayed fatal cardiac perforation by an indwelling long introducer sheath following transjugular intrahepatic portocaval stents (TIPS).

G Fitt, K Thomson, O Hennessy

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol | Published : 1993


Iatrogenic cardiac perforation is a recognized complication of central venous catheterization. We report a fatal complication by a 10F introducer sheath which was left in place and resulted in perforation of the right atrial wall 8 h later. This case is reported to emphasize the increased risk of cardiac perforation from large caliber rigid sheaths which should be withdrawn immediately after completion of the procedure.

University of Melbourne Researchers