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J Perinatol. 2001 Jul-Aug;21(5):331-3.

Thrombolytic therapy for adhesion of percutaneous central venous catheters to vein intima associated with Malassezia furfur Infection.

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Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report our experience with thrombolytic agents in the management of two infants with silicone central venous catheters that had adhered to the vein wall as a result of infection with Malassezia furfur.

STUDY DESIGN:

Case review of two very low birth weight infants with adherent central venous catheters.

RESULTS:

Treatment with urokinase and tissue plasminogen activator facilitated the removal of these catheters without breakage or surgical intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

Thrombolytic agents should be considered as a treatment of adhered catheters, as well as of occluded catheters.

PMID:
11536029
DOI:
10.1038/sj.jp.7200517
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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