Atrial flutter following placement of an umbilical venous catheter

Am J Perinatol. 2005 Jul;22(5):275-7. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-870898.


Atrial flutter is a rare complication of the insertion of an umbilical venous catheter. We report a neonate who had an umbilical venous catheter placed within the first 24 hours of life and developed a hemodynamically stable tachyarrhythmia. The arrhythmia was successfully managed with synchronized cardioversion, with no further complications. The presentation and management are discussed. Physicians should be watchful for such potentially life-threatening complications from the placement of indwelling lines.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Electric Countershock
  • Electrocardiography
  • Fetal Macrosomia / drug therapy
  • Glucose / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infusions, Intravenous / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Tachycardia / diagnosis*
  • Tachycardia / etiology
  • Tachycardia / therapy
  • Umbilical Veins*


  • Glucose