Percutaneous suction thrombectomy of large tumor thrombus causing massive pulmonary embolism

Zachary S. Pallister, Miguel Montero-Baker, Joseph L. Mills, Jayer Chung

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We describe a patient who underwent a renal cell carcinoma resection with inferior vena cava thrombectomy complicated by tumor embolization. This resulted in massive pulmonary embolism requiring venous-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The patient was ineligible for systemic or catheter-directed thrombolysis because of the recent surgical resection and postoperative hemorrhage. Hence, the patient underwent percutaneous suction thrombectomy with successful removal of the tumor thrombus and significant clinical improvement. This report represents a unique case of suction thrombectomy for the removal of tumor embolus from the pulmonary circulation and highlights the ability of suction thrombectomy in the management of massive pulmonary embolism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-247
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Continuous aspiration embolectomy
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Renal cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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