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Anaesth Intensive Care. 1981 Feb;9(1):53-7.

Transthoracic right atrial cannulation for total parenteral nutrition- case report.


A man with severe peripheral vascular disease and requiring total parenteral nutrition because of short bowel syndrome was referred because a central venous catheter could not be inserted by conventional techniques. A right thoracotomy was performed and a Hickman catheter inserted via the right atrial appendage into the right atrium. This catheter was used for a total of seven months for total parenteral nutrition. For the last two months of this time, the patient was maintained at home on a Home Parenteral Nutrition Programme. After four months of total parenteral nutrition the patient developed recurrent fevers and the catheter was found to have migrated from the right atrium into the pulmonary artery. The catheter was resited under X-ray control and used for a further three months until the recurrence of fever and dyspnoea heralded the onset of septic pulmonary emboli resulting in his death.

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