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The story of a lost guidewire

Dinesh Bagaria, L Kaman

Abstract


Seldinger’s technique is widely used to place central venous and arterial catheters, and is generally considered to be safe. The technique does, however, have multiple potential risks. Guidewire-related complications are rare but potentially serious. We describe a case of a lost guidewire during central venous catheter insertion followed by retrieval by an interventional radiologist, and outline measures that can be taken to prevent such complications.


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Dinesh Bagaria, Department of General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

L Kaman, Department of General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Keywords

Seldinger's technique; Central venous catheter; Guidewire

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Southern African Journal of Critical Care 2014;30(2):58. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.195

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-05-25
Date published: 2014-10-29

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