Inferior vena cava filter penetration following Whipple’s surgical procedure causing ureteral injury

2015-01-16 16:00:19

Category: Interventional Radiology, Region: Abdomen-Vessels, Plane: Other

We report a case of an indwelling inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that penetrated the IVC wall after Whipple’s pancreatico-duodenectomy procedure performed in a patient with ampullary carcinoma, resulting in right ureteral injury and obstruction with subsequent hydroureter and hydronephrosis. This was incidentally discovered on a CT scan performed as routine follow up to evaluate the results of the surgery. We retrieved the IVC filter and placed a nephrostomy catheter to relieve the ureteral obstruction.