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Removal of a pinched off central venous catheter
  1. Kenya Kusunose,
  2. Tetsuzo Wakatsuki,
  3. Masataka Sata
  1. Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kenya Kusunose, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School 2-50-1 Kuramoto, Tokushima 770-8503, Japan; echo.cardio{at}gmail.com

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A 56-year-old man presented with metastatic colorectal carcinoma and was admitted for systemic chemotherapy. On 6 June 2006, a totally implantable central venous access system was implanted in the right subclavian vein using the Seldinger technique. After 3 years, no blood could be aspirated through the catheter. Chest radiography and computer tomography showed a fracture of the silicon catheter …

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