n Southern African Journal of Critical Care - The story of a lost guidewire : case report

Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-8264
  • E-ISSN: 2078-676X



Seldinger's technique is widely used to place central venous and arterial catheters, and is generally considered to be safe. The technique does, however, have multiple potential risks. Guidewire-related complications are rare but potentially serious. We describe a case of a lost guidewire during central venous catheter insertion followed by retrieval by an interventional radiologist, and outline measures that can be taken to prevent such complications.

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