• Kweon, Dae-Cheol (Department of Radiologic Science, Shin Heung College) ;
  • Lee, Jong-Woong (Department of Radiology, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gang-dong) ;
  • Choi, Ji-Won (Department of Radiological Science, Jeonju University) ;
  • Yang, Sung-Hwan (Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Korean National College of Rehabilitation and Welfare) ;
  • Dong, Kyung-Rae (Department of Radiological Technology, Gwangju Health College University) ;
  • Chung, Woon-Kwan (Department of Nuclear Engineering, Chosun University)
  • Received : 2011.11.14
  • Accepted : 2011.12.05
  • Published : 2011.12.30


The use of intravenous catheters are occasionally complicated by intravascular fragments and swelling of the catheter fragments. We present a patient in whom an intravenous catheter fragments was retrieved from the dorsal metacarpal vein following its incidental CT examination detection. The case of demonstrates the utility of microscopy and multi-detector CT in localizing small of subtle intravenous catheter fragments as a human error. A case of IV catheter fragments in the metacarpal vein, in which reproducible and microscopy data allowed complete localization of a missing fragments and guided surgery with respect to the optimal incision site for fragments removal. These reproducible studies may help to determine the best course of action and treatment for the patient who presents with such a case.


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