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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 93-95
Bioline Code: js16011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 93-95

 en Evisceration of Small Bowel from Umbilical Vein Catheterization in a Preterm African Neonate: An Uncommon Complication.
Eighemhenrio, A


The umbilical vein helps in delivery of oxygen to the fetus in utero. It can be catheterized in the neonate for delivery of fluids and medications. Exchange blood transfusion is one common reason for umbilical vein catheterization. The procedure comes with its own complications. We report an uncommon complication; evisceration of the small bowel which was seen in an African neonate following umbilical vein catheterization.

Umbilical vein; Catheterization; evisceration; Blood transfusion

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