A potentially hazardous complication during central venous catheterization: lost guidewire retained in the patient.

J Clin Anesth 2012 May 9;24(3):221-6. Epub 2012 Apr 9.

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

Guidewires are routinely used in the Seldinger technique during central venous catheter placement. A case in which a guidewire was unsuspectingly released and retained in a patient during the catheterization of the internal jugular vein is presented. Physicians from multiple services subsequently failed to detect the retained guidewire on several chest radiographs; however, the guidewire was incidentally discovered after a computed tomographic scan was obtained.

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