(Received 26 November 1991; accepted 21 January 1992)
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A case of pulmonary artery perforation by the placement of a balloon-tipped, flow-directed (Swan-Ganz) catheter, as demonstrated postmortem by angiography and confirmed by conventional autopsy method, is reported. Angiography is an effective adjunctive modality in the postmortem diagnosis and localization of pulmonary artery perforation. In cases of suspected catheter-induced pulmonary artery perforation and death, postmortem angiography may prove useful to the forensic pathologist.
Radiologist, Radiology Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Radiologist, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Resident, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, and the Laboratory Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
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