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Case Reports in Transplantation
Volume 2018, Article ID 5406098, 4 pages
Case Report

Inadvertent Traumatic Fracture of Central Venous Catheter during Procurement, Transmitted Through Solid Organ Transplant

1Department of Transplant Surgery, Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2Department of Anesthesiology, Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Thaer Obaid; ude.nietsnie@ahtdiabo

Received 2 January 2018; Accepted 18 April 2018; Published 30 May 2018

Academic Editor: Frieder Keller

Copyright © 2018 Thaer Obaid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Central venous catheters play a pivotal role in the perioperative support of critically ill patients. They are used for administration of fluids, vasopressors, blood products, and various medications; however, their use may be associated with serious complications, such as catheter fracture and embolization. While most data on catheter fracture embolization consist of isolated case reports, only a few studies have examined patients with central venous catheter embolism. We report a traumatic inadvertent transection of central venous catheter that migrated through a donor transplanted liver and was found to be lodged in the recipient’s right ventricle. The catheter was retrieved under fluoroscopy using a trilobed snare device.