Gangrene of the extremities following umbilical vessel catherisation: a report of two cases
AbstractBackground: Umbilical vessel catherisatio is a common practice but fraught with dangers.
Objective: To share our experience with two cases of umbilical catheterization complicated by peripheral gangrene.
Method: The case records of the two patients were reviewed. Relevant literatures on the subject are presented.
Results: There were neonates with neonatal sepsis. Initial attempt to secure peripheral veins failed and umbilical catheterization was done without bleaching. Both developed peripheral gangrene between 4-9 days post catheterization.
Conclusion: We reaffirm earlier observations that umbilical catheterization beyond 48 hours is associated with high risk of peripheral gangrene.
Keywords: Umbilical catherization, septicaemia, peripheral limb gangrene
Orient Journal of Medicine Vol. 17 (1&2) 2005: 15-17