Case Report | Open Access | 10.31586/Surgery.0304.01

Spontaneous Migration of Central Venous Catheter to Anterior Mediastinum

  • Chou-Ming Yeh1,2 and Chia-Man Chou3,4,*
    1
    Division of Thoracic Surgery, Taichung Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
    2
    Department of Healthcare, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
    3
    Department of Surgery, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
    4
    College of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract

Central venous devices are routinely used in delivering chemotherapy and total parenteral nutrition. Spontaneous migration of central venous catheters is a very rare complication, but the etiology of this problem is not clear. We report here a case of migration of a port catheter to the anterior mediastinum in a patient with stage IVC nasopharyngeal cancer during chemotherapy. The patient presented with pulmonary manifestations in form of shortness of breath and chest tightness caused by left massive pleural effusion. The pleural effusion was resolved by thoracocentesis and the migrated catheter was retrieved surgically.

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Published
November 19, 2018
How to Cite
YEH, Chou-Ming; CHOU, Chia-Man. Spontaneous Migration of Central Venous Catheter to Anterior Mediastinum. Trends Journal of Sciences Research, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 147-150, nov. 2018. ISSN 2377-8083. Available at: <http://tjsr.org/journal/index.php/tjsr/article/view/81>. Date accessed: 11 dec. 2018.
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