Accidental Migration of a Guide Wire during Femoral Venous Catheterization for Hemodialysis: A Case Report


Femoral venous catheterization is the most used technic in emergency he-modialysis. Some uncommon mechanical complications can occur during a catheterization. We report the case of an accidental migration of a guide wire during the placement of a hemodialysis femoral catheter. The case of a patient admitted in the nephrology department at Aristide Le Dantec University Hospital for malignant hypertension was investigated. Emergency hemodialysis was indicated. Surgical extraction of the metal guide has been performed and the outcome was favorable.

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Moustapha, F. , Moustapha, C. , Maria, F. , Omar, D. , Tall, L. , Khodia, F. , Binta, S. , Alex, K. , Mansour, M. , Abdou, N. , Boucar, D. and Fary, K. (2018) Accidental Migration of a Guide Wire during Femoral Venous Catheterization for Hemodialysis: A Case Report. Open Journal of Nephrology, 8, 38-41. doi: 10.4236/ojneph.2018.82005.

1. Introduction

Femoral venous catetherism is the most used vascular access for emergency hemodialysis [1] . The main complications of this technic are arterial puncture, hematoma, infections, femoral or iliac venous thrombosis [2] .

The migration of the guide wire into the venous circulation is a rare complication that can occur with this technic. We report a case of accidental migration of the guide wire during placement of the hemodialysis femoral catheter.

2. Case Observation

We report the case of a 30-year-old male patient admitted in the nephrology department at Aristide Le Dantec University Hospital. His symptoms were nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, anorexia, headache and blurred vision.

Physical examination revealed clinical anemia, tachycardia with a pulse rate of 120 p/min. and hypertension with a blood pressure of 213/150 mmHg and hypertensive retinopathy stage 3 of Kirkendal classification.

Biological investigations revealed normochromic normocytic anemia with a hemoglobin rate of 5.3 g/dl, thrombocytopenia 136,000/mm3 no schistocytes, serum urea 3.6 g/l, serum creatinine 21.61 mg/dl, serum sodium 120 mmol/l and serum potassium 5.2 mmo/l. Ultrasound showed a normal aspect for both kidneys.

A diagnosis of the malignant hypertension complication of thrombotic microangiopathy and acute kidney failure was made.

Hemodialysis was indicated in an emergency. The femoral venous catheter was chosen as vascular access and placed by an internal nephrology.

The technique was performed as follows: The patient was made to lie on his back. Anatomical tracking of the femoral vein was done on the lower left side of the crural arcade, 2 cm below the femoral pulse. The vein was easily punctured. During dilation of the catheter inlet, the guide wire migrated into the bloodstream. The procedure was immediately stopped when the guide slid completely into the circulation. Radiography of the abdominal and the chest region revealed the position of the wire across the common iliac vein, the inferior cava vein and the right atrium up to the superior cava vein (Figure 1 and Figure 2). Anticoagulation was done with 100 UI/kg of enoxaparin. A surgical extraction of the guide wire under general anesthesia by incision of JALAGUIER and venotomy was performed on day 3 of the guide migration. The post-operative suites were simple. Radiography control confirms the absence of wire material.

3. Discussion

Prevalence of vein catheterism complications was estimated at 12% [2] . The femoral vein is now identified as a favorable location for central venous catheterization due to a high success rate and a lower incidence of serious complications [1] . However, this technic is a source of multiple early complications (hematoma, puncture of the artery) and late complications (infections, thrombosis of the femoral or iliac vein) [3] [4] . The success of this technic depends on attention and concentration as well as experience of the operator [2] . The migration of the guide wire is a rare mechanic complication. This might be the first case reported in Senegal. For this issue, Srivastava et al. identified some predictive factors: lack of experience, inattention, distracted senior supervisor, other suggests uncoordinated movement, patient shaking and a rather long guide [4] . In our case, it was the inattention while dilating vein. The main reported situation in the literature is during the catheter insertion [5] [6] . Some complications can occur when a guide migrates: rhythm or myocardial conduction disorders, perforation of the vessel or heart chamber, training of a loop in the vessel, tearing distal tip of the guide subsequently giving an embolism [4] [5] [6] [7] . None of these complications occurred in our patient.

Figure 1. Guide wire in the femoral vein, iliac and inferior cava vein.

Figure 2. Guide wire in the right atrium and the superior cava vein.

A diagnosis of guide wire migration in venous circulation system can be made easy by standard radiography [2] . Guide removal can be performed surgically if radiologic assistance is unavailable, as was the case in ours.

4. Conclusion

Femoral vein catetherism is the most accesses procedure in emergency hemodialysis. Mechanical complications can be avoided using ultrasound and with an experimental operator.

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