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Removal of a retained guide wire in a critically ill patient with coagulopathy and cardiac instability

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Sachintha Kaushalya Hewage ,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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Registrar in Anaesthesiology
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Ramya Amarasena

National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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Consultant Anaesthetist
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Abstract

Loss of a guide wire in the venous system is a dreaded complication following central venous catheter insertion. Removal can be even more challenging in a patient with haemodynamic instability, acute kidney injury and thrombocytopenia. We report a case of successful removal of a retained guide wire lodged in the superior vena cava using correctly timed interventional radiology.

How to Cite: Hewage, S.K. & Amarasena, R., (2017). Removal of a retained guide wire in a critically ill patient with coagulopathy and cardiac instability. Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology. 25(2), pp.113–114. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/slja.v25i2.8234
Published on 05 Jul 2017.
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