Late endovascular coil migration following traumatic pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm embolization: case report

Alina-Maria Budacan, Akshay J Patel, Helen Foss, Valeria Abiuso, Arul Ganeshan, Maninder Kalkat

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BACKGROUND: Percutaneous vascular interventions are performed for the treatment of haemoptysis and involve embolization of bronchial arteries, pulmonary arteries and pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. There are isolated reports of embolization of pseudoaneurysms forming in the pulmonary vasculature. The migration of components of the coils used in the embolization of vascular pulmonary pathologies is rare.

CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old man presented to the emergency department with cough, haemoptysis, and expectoration of lengths of metal wire. He had an episode of coughing out a wire about a year prior to his admission to our hospital, which he attributed to be present in the can of coke he had consumed at that time and did not report it to the doctors. His past medical history was significant for stab injury to the right chest 17 years ago, for which he underwent right thoracotomy and exploration for bleeding. Injury to the lung parenchyma was noted and repair was performed by suturing the defect. Post operatively the CT scan demonstrated development of pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm. We report a case of a patient expectorating coils 17 years after embolization of this traumatic pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm. Radiological imaging demonstrated coils in the perihilar area of the lung parenchyma and in the tracheobronchial lumen. Operative intervention was used to remove the coils.

CONCLUSIONS: Although percutaneous catheter based vascular interventions have emerged as safe and effective procedures, the long-term complications such as coil migration, recanalization and need for further embolization ought to be considered and patients need to be counselled and followed-up accordingly. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of migrated coil post embolization of post-traumatic pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm. Ultimately, the management of endobronchial coil migration post embolization, be it surgical or bronchoscopic, should be decided on a case-by-case basis, considering the patient's symptoms and the risk fatal complications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number87
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2022

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  • Aneurysm, False/diagnostic imaging
  • Embolization, Therapeutic/methods
  • Hemoptysis/etiology
  • Humans
  • Lung
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Artery/abnormalities


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