The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2018 , Vol 60 , Num 2
Percutaneous retrieval of umbilical vein catheter fragment in an infant two months after embolization
Alper Akın 1 ,Meki Bilici 1 ,Fikri Demir 1 ,Murat Muhtar Yılmazer ,Mehmet Şah İpek 2 ,Hülya Kara 1
1 Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Departmant of Pediatrics, Dicle University Faculty of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey
2 Division of Neonatalogy, Diyarbakır Memorial Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey
DOI : 10.24953/turkjped.2018.02.012 Akın A, Bilici M, Demir F, Yılmazer MM, İpek MŞ, Kara H. Percutaneous retrieval of umbilical vein catheter fragment in an infant two months after embolization. Turk J Pediatr 2018; 60: 191-193.

Umbilical vein catheterization is frequently preferred and a safe route of venous access especially in newborns. However, some cases with breaking and embolization of those catheters have been rarely reported. Herein we present a two-and-a-half-month-old infant being catheterized within first postnatal week and diagnosed to have embolization of the catheter fragment to conjunction of hepatic vein and right atrium. Percutaneous withdrawal of broken catheter was achieved despite several months after the embolization took place. We suggest that transcatheter removal of catheter fragment embolizations may be safe even in late diagnosis cases. Keywords : umbilical vein catheter, breaking of catheter, percutaneous retrieval

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