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Pol J Radiol. 2011 Jul;76(3):70-3.

Complications of umbilical vein catherisation. Case Report.

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Clinic of Neonatology, Neonatal Pathology and Intensive Care, Children's Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Umbilical vein catheterization is a relatively easy procedure performed routinely on the neonate intensive care units. It provides a fast central vein access, but some complications have been described in the literature.

CASE REPORTS:

We presented a case report of a premature infant (34 hbd) with extravasation of the parenteral nutrition and drugs to the liver after umbilical vein catheterization. Fever and increasing biochemical markers of infection were observed. USG revealed a heterogenic, well-limited space of 4 cm in diameter, located in the right lobe of the liver. CT excluded liver abscess. Considering neoplastic process or incorrect location of the catheter of the central vein, we performed liver biopsy.

RESULTS:

Cytological and biochemical analysis of the aspirated fluid revealed extravasation of parenteral nutrition to the liver. Our case confirms the necessity of controlling a proper location of the central catheter right after its insertion and during hospitalization.

KEYWORDS:

extravasation to the liver; newborn; umbilical catheterization

PMID:
22802847
PMCID:
PMC3389930
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