MBCh. FCS(SA), FRACS, FACS; Head, Department of Vascular Surgery.
DUODENAL PENETRATION BY A GREENFIELD CAVAL FILTER
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Volume 61, Issue 12, pages 957–960, December 1991
How to Cite
Appleberg, M. and Crozier, J. A. (1991), DUODENAL PENETRATION BY A GREENFIELD CAVAL FILTER. Aust. N.Z. J. Surg., 61: 957–960. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1991.tb00017.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Accepted for publication 28 November 1990.
- foreign body radiography;
- inferior vena cava;
- pulmonary embolism
Duodenal penetration by a Greenfield filter occurred in a 77 year old woman 6 years after it had been inserted into her inferior vena cava. The reported incidence of complications associated with the Greenfield filter is low. We report a case of penetration of the device into the duodenum. Plain abdominal X-rays demonstrated angulation and deformation of the filter. Cavography and abdominal CT confirmed transcaval penetration of the duodenum. The patient had suffered from severe diarrhoea, night sweats and weight loss which resolved completely with operative removal of the filter.