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What kinds of problems can central venous catheters cause?

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Here are problems that can happen when the catheter is attached to your body:

Once you have it, the catheter can leak, get twisted, or come loose. You might get a blood clot or an infection, too.

  • The catheter might injure the vein it goes into.
  • Blood might leak out and cause a bruise or other problems. In most cases, the bleeding stops on its own.
  • The catheter might cut your lung, which would make it collapse. If that happens, your medical team can reinflate your lung.
  • Your heart might go off its normal rhythm. If so, it usually returns to normal by itself.

From: What Are the Types of Catheters? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Catheter,” “Peripheral venous catheter.”

Canadian Family Physician: “Venous access.”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Center: “Central Venous Catheter.”

American Cancer Society: “Central Venous Catheters.”

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Education: “Tunneled Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Placement.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter.”

NHS Choices: “Urinary catheter.”

Healthtalk.org: “Condom catheter.”

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society : “Urinary Catheters: What Type Do Men and Their Nurses Prefer?”

Bladder & Bowel Community: “Suprapubic Catheter.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Catheter,” “Peripheral venous catheter.”

Canadian Family Physician: “Venous access.”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Center: “Central Venous Catheter.”

American Cancer Society: “Central Venous Catheters.”

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Education: “Tunneled Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Placement.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter.”

NHS Choices: “Urinary catheter.”

Healthtalk.org: “Condom catheter.”

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society : “Urinary Catheters: What Type Do Men and Their Nurses Prefer?”

Bladder & Bowel Community: “Suprapubic Catheter.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 12, 2018

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