April 2006, Volume 36 Number 4 , p 26 - 26
A CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER (CVC) was successfully placed in an infant through the femoral vein. Less than 24 hours later, the catheter had broken, and a portion of it remained inside the infant's vascular system. After it was removed, a second CVC was inserted. Within minutes, it also broke for no apparent reason. The patient required additional intervention to retrieve the second catheter segment, which was also hard and brittle.