Early Experience with AngioVac Aspiration in the Pulmonary Arteries

Ramsey Al-Hakim, Jonathan Park, Anshuman Bansal, Scott Genshaft, John M. Moriarty

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Five consecutive cases in which the AngioVac aspiration cannula was used for the management of pulmonary embolism (PE) were retrospectively reviewed. Four cases (80%) presented with massive PE, and two (40%) were technically successful (reduction in Miller index ≥ 5). Four patients (80%) died at a mean of 7.3 days after the procedure, including one death related to right ventricular free wall perforation. Although the AngioVac aspiration cannula has shown clinical promise in a variety of clinical applications, early experience in the pulmonary arteries has shown limited success, and further study and careful patient selection are required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)730-734
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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