Recovery of intralipid from lumbar puncture after migration of saphenous vein catheter

Arch Dis Child. 1992 Oct;67(10 Spec No):1201-3. doi: 10.1136/adc.67.10_spec_no.1201.


A term female infant was admitted to the intensive care unit with the diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot with critical pulmonary stenosis. On the seventh day of life a long saphenous line was inserted that remained without complications until seven days later when the infant appeared septic. A lumbar puncture demonstrated the presence of intra-lipid in the cerebrospinal fluid that we interpreted as due to migration of the saphenous catheter. The child had an uneventful recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Extravasation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Materials / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / complications*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / blood supply
  • Parenteral Nutrition*
  • Radiography
  • Saphenous Vein
  • Spinal Puncture
  • Veins / anatomy & histology