HENRY TULGAN, M.D.; JOSEPH BUDNITZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The increasing use of polyethylene catheters in the administration of intravenous fluids is not without the hazard of embolization. Several reports in the literature (1-4) have already recorded such occurrences. However, the fact that prolonged asymptomatic survival may occur without surgical intervention after such an event has not been heretofore noted.
An 86-year-old man was first admitted to Pittsfield General Hospital on January 16, 1962, because of urinary frequency and incontinence. His general physical condition revealed marked debilitation. After cystoscopy on January 23, 1962, had ruled out the presence of operable pathology, a permanent Foley catheter was placed
TULGAN H, BUDNITZ J. Prolonged Survival After Catheter Embolus. Ann Intern Med. ;59:564–565. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-4-564
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(4):564-565.
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