Polymer embolization from minimally invasive interventions.

@article{Sequeira2013PolymerEF,
  title={Polymer embolization from minimally invasive interventions.},
  author={Adrian Sequeira and Nakul Parimoo and Jon Wilson and James G. Traylor and Stephen Bonsib and Kenneth Abreo},
  journal={American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation},
  year={2013},
  volume={61 6},
  pages={984-7}
}
Many of the tools used in interventional nephrology, such as glidewires and sheaths, are coated with a hydrophilic polymer to increase their lubricity; however, this polymer can shear off, which causes polymer embolization. We describe 3 cases in which polymer emboli were found on histopathologic examination in an arteriovenous graft, a transplanted kidney, and the myocardium. A review of the literature shows that although most of these phenomena are benign, in some patients, it may present… CONTINUE READING

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