Successful percutaneous removal of broken umbilical vein catheter in a very low-birth-weight preterm infant

Demirel A., Guven G., Okan F., Saygili A.

TURK KARDIYOLOJI DERNEGI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF THE TURKISH SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY, vol.44, no.8, pp.700-702, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier


A 28-week-old preterm infant with a birth weight of 1250 g had a broken segment of umbilical vein catheter (UVC) lodged in the right atrium. It was observed that a 7-cm fragment of catheter had migrated to the right atrium through the inferior vena cava. The catheter was successfully retrieved by fluoroscopically guided percutaneous cardiac catheterization, using a cobra catheter and snare wire, without complication. Fracture and embolization of UVC is a rare but serious complication. Presently described was a case of fractured and embolized UVC in a very low-birthweight preterm infant, and its successful retrieval via percutaneous endovascular approach.