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Korean J Crit Care Med. 1998 Jun;13(1):109-112. Korean. Case Report.
Chung KS , Baik SW , Kwon JY , Kim JW , Song JH .
Department of Anesthesiology, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea.
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea.
Abstract

Insertion of a pulmonary artery catheter for the measurement of pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output has been widely used for the management of patients undergoing open heart surgery. Complications of pulmonary artery catheter insertion include cardiac arrhythmia, thromboembolism, tricuspid valve injury, intracardiac knotting, pulmonary artery rupture. We experienced a case of catheter-related complication which was caused by suturing pulmonary artery catheter during right atrial bleeding control during open heart surgery. The catheter was attached to the right atrial wall by nylon suture and successfully removed by operation without significant complication.

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