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Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 311–312 | Cite as

Displacement of preexisting thrombus by umbilical vein catheterization

  • Jay S. Chandar
  • Steven B. Wolfe
Case Reports

Summary

Balloon atrial septostomy is recommended as a standard palliative procedure in neonates with congenital heart defects who are dependent on intracardiac shunting. We describe an unusual and unreported complication associated with “bedside” balloon atrial septostomy. The umbilical venous catheterization resulted in displacement of a thrombus from the ductus venousus or the hepatic vein. We recommend careful two-dimensional echocardiographic monitoring during such procedures.

Key Words

Balloon atrial septostomy Intracardiac thrombus Two-dimensional echocardiography 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay S. Chandar
    • 1
  • Steven B. Wolfe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric CardiologyUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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