Right ventricular perforation: A rare complication of pulmonary artery catheterization

Khalid Ahsan, Mohammad Hamid, Saulat Fatimi, Ijaz Hidayat

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A 70 years old male underwent Coronary Artery Bypass and Graft (CABG) surgery. After induction, a Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC) was inserted via right IJV with some difficulty in achieving PA tracing. During distal RCA anastomosis, surgeon noticed PAC tip coming out of Right Ventricular (RV) surface. Resistance was felt on trying to pull PAC, so it was left there. Cardiac surgeon then opened the Right Atrium (RA) and pulled out the catheter. Multiple attempts during insertion of PA catheter should always raise the suspicion of PAC tip slipping back into the RV. It should be closely monitored during surgery and communicated to the surgeon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S166-S168
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Graft surgery
  • Pulmonary artery catheter
  • Right ventricle perforation


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