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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1999;37(3):511-515.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1999.37.3.511   
Accidental Insertion of Entire Catheter in the Right Femoral Vein during Central Venous Catheterization: A case report.
Seong Min Cho, Ki Jun Kim, Pyoung Hark Park, Sun Joon Bai, Yong Taek Nam
Department of Anesthesiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
This is a case report of the accidental insertion of an entire catheter into the right femoral vein during central venous catheterization through the right femoral vein. The risks of accidental guide wire or catheter breakage and migration of resulting fragments to the heart or intravascular or extravascular space has been increased with the frequent diagnostic and therapeutic use of central venous catheters. We used a single lumen polyurethane central venous catheter (SECALON UNIVERSAL, Viggo-Spectramed, UK). During central venous catheterization under general anesthesia, the catheter was disconnected from its hub and accidentally inserted into the right femoral vein. The catheter was retrieved by using a snare under fluoroscopic guidance without any complications.
Key Words: Anesthetic techniques, catheterization; Equipment, catheters, central venous


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