The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2011 , Vol 53 , Num 3
Hepatic Laceration As A Life-Threatening Complication Of Umbilical Venous Catheterization
1Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics and Departments of 2Pediatric Surgery, and 3Radiology, Başkent University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Turkey Gülcan H, Hanta D, Törer B, Temiz A, Demir Ş. Hepatic laceration as a life-threatening complication of umbilical venous catheterization. Turk J Pediatr 2011; 53: 342-345.

Umbilical venous catheterization is an intravenous infusion route for maintenance fluids, medications, blood products, and parenteral nutrition in preterm neonates. However, this procedure may be associated with several complications, such as infection, thrombosis, vessel perforation, and cardiac and hepatic injuries. Hepatic laceration is a rare but life-threatening complication of umbilical venous catheterization that is a result of direct injury through the liver parenchyma. Here, we present a preterm newborn with hepatic laceration as a rare and serious complication of umbilical venous catheterization. Keywords : hepatic laceration, neonate, umbilical vein catheter.

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