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Conn Med. 2000 Feb;64(2):79-82.

Diagnosis and management of spinal epidural space extravasation complicating percutaneous central venous line placement in a premature infant: case report and review of literature.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, USA.


Percutaneous central venous lines are commonly used to establish long-term venous access in the care of premature infants. Misplacement of these catheters can occur and may lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Here we report a very-low-birth-weight premature infant whose percutaneous central venous line was inadvertently placed into the spinal epidural space. The anatomical basis of this complication as well as a comprehensive review of literature are provided.

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