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Hybrid Minimally Invasive Extraction of Atrial Clot Avoids Redo Sternotomy in Jehovah’s Witness

Pillai, Jain Bhaskara FRCS(CTh), FRCSC; DeLaney, Edward R. MS, CCP; Patel, Nirav C. MD; Subramanian, Valavanur A. MD

Innovations:Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery: January/February 2012 - Volume 7 - Issue 1 - p 59–61
doi: 10.1097/IMI.0b013e318256d58e
Case Reports

We report the novel use of the AngioVac device in a percutaneous hybrid approach to remove a large right atrial clot as an effective and potentially lifesaving alternative to a very high-risk redo-sternotomy in a Jehovah’s Witness patient.

From the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, USA.

Accepted for publication March 20, 2012.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Jain Bhaskara Pillai, FRCS(CTh), FRCSC, University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry CV2 2DX England. E-mail:

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