Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 77, Supplement 3, pp 1401–1402 | Cite as

An Uncommon Complication of a Common Procedure

  • Demetrios N. Moris
  • Adamantios MichalinosEmail author
  • Spiridon Vernadakis
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Constant, safe and reliable endovascular access is necessary for patients’ diagnosis and treatment. Endovascular access is possible with a variety of means, including central and peripheral venous catheters. Peripheral catheterization is an extremely common medical procedure and is considered risk-free or associated with minimal complications. Still potentially serious complications can occur. Authors describe a rare case of peripheral catheter migration at left pulmonary artery in an immunosuppressed patient.


Catheter tip Migration Emboli Peripheral venous 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetrios N. Moris
    • 1
  • Adamantios Michalinos
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Spiridon Vernadakis
    • 1
  1. 1.Transplantation Unit, Laikon General HospitalUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.AthensGreece

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