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Surgical retrieval of transected umbilical catheter from preterm infant
  1. John-Paul Smith1,
  2. Eleri L Cusick2,
  3. Nicola Johnson3,
  4. Stephanie Mackenzie4,
  5. 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
  5. Correction notice This paper has been corrected since it was published Online First. There is an factual error in the first paragraph, seventh sentence. Where it is written: ‘Radiographs confirmed 6cm of catheter from umbilical vein to left atrium’, this should read ‘Radiographs confirmed 6cm of catheter from umbilical vein to right atrium’.
  1. Correspondence to Dr John-Paul Smith, NICU, St Michael's Hospital, Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EG, UK; jposmith{at}

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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 …

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  • Contributors The above authors all contributed to the preparation of this manuscript. J-PS is responsible for the overall content and guarantor. ELC, DH, NJ, SM were involved in clinical care of patient and event described. All the authors contributed to editing and minor amendments to the text.

  • Competing interests None.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.