Recovery of a Missile Embolus From the Right Ventricle

Clement D. Marshall, Michael R. Ma, Julia Park, Clifford C. Sheckter, Rustin A. Massoudi, Cathleen M. Ligman, Ronald M. Jou, William D. Ogden

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Missile embolism is a clinical entity in which a projectile object enters a blood vessel and is carried to a distant part of the body. We present a case of the discovery of an iliac vein to right ventricle missile embolus in a young man, with successful extraction through a right atriotomy. We provide a historical overview of the literature concerning missile embolism, and we argue that whereas acute embolized projectiles should be removed in almost all cases, it may be reasonable to simply observe an asymptomatic chronic missile embolus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e69-e71
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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