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Percutaneous retrieval of an intrathecal foreign body: technical note
  1. Marc Manix,
  2. Jessica Wilden,
  3. Hugo H Cuellar-Saenz
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, LSUHSC, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr H H Cuellar-Saenz, Department of Neurosurgery, LSUHSC, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103, USA; hcuell{at}


A 58-year-old man had an intrathecal baclofen pump implanted. A guidewire used during removal of a previously placed lumbar drain catheter fractured, and a fragment was left within the thecal sac. Using fluoroscopic guidance, a loop snare device was used to retrieve the intrathecal foreign body successfully and without complication. The pump was placed without any difficulty, and the patient's hospital course was uneventful.

  • Catheter
  • Complication
  • guidewire
  • Intervention
  • Technique

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