Journal of Medical Cases, ISSN 1923-4155 print, 1923-4163 online, Open Access
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Volume 2, Number 4, August 2011, pages 159-161

A Novel Approach to the Removal of a Retained Guidewire


Figure 1.
Figure 1. J-wire was noted to run from the superior vena cava (SVC) to the right atrium, looped through the right ventricle and into the inferior vena cava (IVC) under fluoroscopy.
Figure 2.
Figure 2. J-wire was seen spanning from the superior vena cava (SVC) to inferior vena cava (IVC) without looping in the right ventricle in 2007.
Figure 3.
Figure 3. A venogram showed the distal end of the wire outside the inferior vena cava (IVC).
Figure 4.
Figure 4. An Autosuture Versa Step 5mm port was inserted through the 10 French sheath.
Figure 5.
Figure 5. A flexible alligator cystoscope forcep was inserted through the port with successful recovery of the J-wire.