Fatal pulmonary embolism following removal of a central venous catheter

J Pediatr Surg. 1984 Jun;19(3):307-9. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(84)80194-3.


A 1-year-old child developed fatal septic pulmonary embolism upon removal of a central intravenous catheter. Histologically identical material was found in the pulmonary arteries and in the inferior vena cava at the catheter tip site. The pathophysiology of pulmonary embolism occurring during childhood is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheters, Indwelling / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Pulmonary Embolism / etiology*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / pathology