An Unusual Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Fractured in Vivo with Embolization Happened in a Child: A Case Report (Short Report)


We report a case of a 7-year-old child who received a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) for chemotherapy. He suffered from an unusual PICC fracture in vivo with pulmonary embolism after eight circles of chemotherapeutic agents administered. In this case report, we review the literatures for the underlying pathophysiology of this uncommon phenomenon. IV nurses should consider the possibility of the infusion dysfunction deriving from the PICC line fractured. Accurate tip catheter placement and specific care may reduce morbidity.

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Fang, F. , Zhang, H. and Yang, W. (2015) An Unusual Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Fractured in Vivo with Embolization Happened in a Child: A Case Report. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 4, 10-13. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2015.41003.

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