Broken Umbilical Vein Catheter as an Embolus in a Neonate- An Unusual Preventable Complication

Anjan Kumar Dhua, Bijender Singh, Dilip Kumar, Neeraj Awasthy


Umbilical vein catheter (UVC) is used in managing critically sick neonates all over the world. It is generally considered to be safe although various complications can arise and are well known. Herein we describe a successful retrieval of a broken and migrated UVC across the heart in a neonate. Pertinent literature regarding rarity of its occurrence and mechanism of occurrence has been touched upon to prevent such untoward complications.


Umbilical vein catheter, Catheter fracture, Catheter embolus, Endovascular retrieval

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