Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-301895
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Surgical retrieval of transected umbilical catheter from preterm infant

  1. David Harding1
  1. 1NICU, St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Surgery, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  3. 3Department of Paediatrics, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK
  4. 4Department of Paediatric Radiology, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr John-Paul Smith, NICU, St Michael's Hospital, Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EG, UK; jposmith{at}
  • Accepted 15 August 2012
  • Published Online First 22 September 2012

We present a 26 weeks gestation boy with a complication of central venous catheterisation. He was intubated in delivery suite, and admitted for intensive care. An umbilical venous catheter (UVC) was placed and used; however, there was difficulty obtaining umbilical arterial catheterisation (UAC) access due to thin cord. During subsequent attempts to place a UAC, the UVC was transected. It migrated inwards and …

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