Accidental severance of a venous catheter: diagnostic and therapeutic approach

H. Gilutz, A. Gavriel, S. Yurfest

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The most common invasive procedure performed in hospitals is the insertion of a vascular access device. This procedure has the rare complication of catheter emboli. Accidental cutting of a peripheral catheter, the use of duplex ultrasound to locate the cut and the extraction of the catheter through a venesection is described. If peripheral extraction fails, percutaneous extraction or thoracotomy should be tried, in that order. The immediate precautions have an impact on the final results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-779, 843
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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