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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


BAIRAGI, A  and  MAHARAJ, AG. An approach to the transected umbilical vein catheter: a case series. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2019, vol.57, n.1, pp.60-63. ISSN 2078-5151.

Transected umbilical vein catheters (UVC) are potentially fatal and associated with considerable morbidity. Timely identification and catheter retrieval are crucial. The successful surgical managment of three neonates referred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital with retained UVCs and a proposed algorithmic approach to manage these patients is described.

Keywords : umbilical vein catheter; transected; fracture; surgical retrieval.

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