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Acta Médica Costarricense

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ESPINOZA-CONTRERAS, Carolina  and  VALVERDE-MUNOZ, Kathia. Migration of fragmented percutaneous catheter in pediatric patient. Acta méd. costarric [online]. 2017, vol.59, n.4, pp.167-169. ISSN 0001-6002.

The pediatric hemato-oncological patients are usually exposed to have intravenous percutaneous catheters because of their long-term chemotherapy treatment. One of the unusual complications of the percutaneous catheters is to fragment and one of the fragments to migrate. Although, there are different surgical techniques for the removal of the fragments, sometimes the risk is larger than the benefit for the patient. This article reports the case of a 6 year old pediatric patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who suffered the migration of a fragment of a percutaneous device, that was treated conservatively without any complication. At the moment, the patient has 1 year and 5 months from her diagnosis of catheter migration and is completely asymptomatic.

Keywords : central venous catheter; catheter fragmentation; leukemia; pediatric; portacath.

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