Hickman catheter dislodgement due to pendulous breasts.

Title

Hickman catheter dislodgement due to pendulous breasts.

Creator

Moorman D W; Horattas M C; Wright D; Kaufman K; Ruf W

Publisher

JPEN. Journal of parenteral and enteral nutrition

Date

1987
1987-10

Description

Dislodgement of Hickman, Broviac, and Mediport catheters is a rare but recognized complication. To date, no specific etiology for this has been cited. We present five cases of dislodgement due to positional changes in large-breasted women and one man with gynecomastia. Apparently, motion in the subcutaneous tissue secondary to gravitational forces on large breasts causes downward and outward traction on the subcutaneous portion of the catheter. Variations in placement technique to help avoid this complication are described.

Subject

*Catheterization; Adult; Aged; Breast/*anatomy & histology; Central Venous; Female; Gynecomastia/complications; Humans; Male; Middle Aged

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

502–504

Issue

5

Volume

11

Citation

Moorman D W; Horattas M C; Wright D; Kaufman K; Ruf W, “Hickman catheter dislodgement due to pendulous breasts.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed November 29, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4795.

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