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Lower extremity ischemia following umbilical artery catheterization: a case study and clinical update.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19349222     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the neonatal intensive care unit, the use of umbilical artery catheters (UAC) is established. Methods to perform uninterrupted arterial blood gas and pressure monitoring, access for the delivery of fluids and medication, exchange transfusion, cardiac catheterization, and angiography using umbilical artery catheters are used in the care of critically ill neonatal patients. One complication that can develop with the use of UAC's is lower limb ischemia, which can result in catastrophic effects, including limb amputation. In selected cases, conservative management may be an option in patients for limb salvage in the setting of lower limb ischemia. In this paper, we present a case study of a patient who developed lower limb ischemia during UAC who was treated conservatively. This approach resulted in limb salvage and avoidance of lower extremity amputation. The literature was reviewed for relevant risk factors and treatment options for lower limb ischemia following umbilical artery catheterization.
Samuel J Lin; Peter F Koltz; Wellington Davis; Frank Vicari
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2008-12-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of surgery (London, England)     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1743-9159     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-22     Completed Date:  2009-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101228232     Medline TA:  Int J Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  182-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Catheterization / adverse effects*
Infant, Newborn
Ischemia / etiology*,  therapy
Leg / blood supply*
Limb Salvage / methods
Risk Factors
Umbilicus / blood supply*

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