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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-108

Migrated guide wire during femoral vein catheterization

Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Hatem O Qutub
Associate Professor of Medicine and Critical Care, Consultant Intensivist Pulmonologist, University of Dammam, King Fahd Hospital of the University, P.O. Box: 40133, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.137004

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Central venous line catheterization is the main route for therapeutic intervention in critically ill patients. Despite the relatively common complications, the femoral vein is a standard route for catheterization. This is a case report of a rare preventable complication of migration of the guide wire and catheter from the femoral vein through the systemic circulation in a 75-year-old critically ill man in a university hospital in Saudi Arabia.

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