ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
A rare complication after central venous catheterization: a retained guide wire in the subclavian vein
İrfan Taşoğlu, Hakan Özgül, Yıldırım İmren, Levent Gökgöz
Gazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Ankara
Central venous catheterization (CVC) is employed when a patient needs frequent or continuous injections of medications or fluids for nutritional support. We present a rare complication pertinent to CVC in a 35-year-old male patient in whom the guide wire was left in place following CVC. A plain chest radiogram showed the guide wire lying from the left subclavian vein to the right atrium. The wire was removed intravascularly from the femoral vein after 32 hours following CVC. No complications were encountered before and during the procedure.
Keywords : Catheterization, central venous/adverse effects; foreign bodies/complications
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