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Venous air embolism through a Groshong catheter.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8462905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Individuals with cancer frequently require long-term central venous access to deliver chemotherapy, blood products, and other fluids. A rare, but potentially lethal complication associated with central venous catheterization is venous air embolism which occurs most commonly after damage or disconnection at the catheter hub. The Groshong (Bard Access Systems, UT) catheter is a device with a unique three-position valve at its distal tip which eliminates the need for routine heparin flushing and minimizes the risk of venous air embolism. This report describes for the first time a near fatal venous air embolism in a patient with an externally accessed Groshong catheter.
S E Waggoner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gynecologic oncology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0090-8258     ISO Abbreviation:  Gynecol. Oncol.     Publication Date:  1993 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-04-30     Completed Date:  1993-04-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0365304     Medline TA:  Gynecol Oncol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  394-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
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MeSH Terms
Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
Embolism, Air / complications,  diagnosis,  etiology*
Middle Aged
Ovarian Neoplasms / therapy
Parenteral Nutrition, Total
Pulmonary Edema / etiology

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