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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 199–201 | Cite as

Umbilical artery catheter use complicated by pseudoaneurysm of the aorta

  • Mary R. Wyers
  • William H. McAlister
Case Report

Abstract.

We report a case of a large aortic mycotic pseudoaneurysm in a premature infant, a rare but serious complication associated with sepsis and umbilical artery catheter (UAC) use. Sonography is an appropriate first-line imaging modality for detection of aortic pseudoaneurysms. Increased awareness of this rare complication may lead to earlier diagnosis in the high-risk premature infant with a history of a UAC and sepsis.

Aortic mycotic pseudoaneurysm Umbilical artery catheter Sonography 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary R. Wyers
    • 1
  • William H. McAlister
    • 1
  1. 1.Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Box 8131, 510 South Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63110USA

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