Non-surgical extraction of right atrial mass by AngioVac aspiration device under fluoroscopic and transesophageal echocardiographic guidance
Right-sided cardiac masses are commonly encountered. We present a challenging case of a right atrial thrombus in a patient who had a high surgical risk for open removal. AngioVac aspiration device, under transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and fluoroscopy guidance, was successfully used to remove the thrombus. The patient tolerated the procedure well and was discharged home. Our case confirms the safety and efficacy of this procedure for treatment of unwanted intracardiac and intravascular masses in patients who are not candidates for conventional therapies of surgery or thrombolytics.