Calcified central venous catheter fibrin sheath: Case report and review of the literature

Aryeh Keehn, Dan Rabinowitz, Steve K. Williams, Benjamin H. Taragin

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We present a 6-year-old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who demonstrated on chest X-ray a radiopacity in the superior vena cava after removal of an implanted venous access device. This radiopacity was initially thought to be a retained catheter fragment. On review of previous imaging, we were able to document the temporal development of a calcified catheter cast as distinct from the catheter. This case represents a rare consequence of central venous catheterization in children. Knowledge of this finding as a possible complication may help avoid performance of unnecessary follow-up imaging or invasive procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1130-1133
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Central venous catheter
  • Complications of central venous catheters
  • Fibrin sheath
  • Venous cast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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