Embolization of hydrophilic catheter coating to the lungs: Report of a case mimicking granulomatous vasculitis

Robert W. Allan, Hassan Alnuaimat, William D. Edwards, Henry D. Tazelaar

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Abstract

Hydrophilic coatings are used on intravascular devices to facilitate ease of manipulation and to minimize complications such as thrombosis during a procedure and vasospasm after a procedure. We report a case of embolization of hydrophilic coating of a central venous catheter to the lung that resulted in cavitary lung nodules in a 34-year-old woman. The microscopic features of this unusual complication warrant emphasis so that pathologists will not overlook the embolic foreign material and make a faulty diagnosis of noniatrogenic granulomatous vasculitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-797
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Volume132
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2009

Keywords

  • Cavitary lung nodules
  • Foreign body emboli
  • Foreign body granuloma
  • Iatrogenic disease
  • Intravascular interventional devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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