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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 340-342

PICC fracture and embolization into pulmonary artery - a rare but potentially life-threatening complication: A case report


1 Department of Pediatric Haemato-Oncology, B J Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, B J Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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V P Krishnan
Department of Pediatric Haemato-Oncology, B J Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_834_18

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Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICCs) are popular means of long-term intravenous access in oncology patients. Fracture and embolization are rare but potentially serious complications. Here we present an unusual fracture of the PICC line in a 9-year-old boy with Ewing's sarcoma with embolization to the right ventricle (RV) and right pulmonary artery (RPA) which was retrieved percutaneously by trans-catheter snare assisted retrieval. Adequate care and precautions like handling by trained nursing staff/parental education must be undertaken to prevent such complications.






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