An approach to the transected umbilical vein catheter: a case series

  • Anjana Bairagi Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
  • Ashwini Girjashankar Maharaj Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
Keywords: umbilical vein catheter, transected, fracture, surgical retrieval

Abstract

Transected umbilical vein catheters (UVC) are potentially fatal and associated with considerable morbidity. Timely identification and catheter retrieval are crucial. The successful surgical managment of three neonates referred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital with retained UVCs and a proposed algorithmic approach to manage these patients is described.

Author Biographies

Anjana Bairagi, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa

Ashwini Girjashankar Maharaj, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa

Published
2019-03-29
How to Cite
Bairagi, A., & Maharaj, A. (2019). An approach to the transected umbilical vein catheter: a case series. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(1), 55. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/2631
Section
Case Reports