CT localisation of a broken intravenous cannula in two dogs

16 Aug 2020

Frau Tascon, M., Dempsey, L., Tayari, H., Brissot, H., Anselmi, C.

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Two dogs were presented because part of the cephalic vein catheter was missing. In both cases, the catheter was not visualised by ultrasound and difficult to see on radiographs. CT was used to localise the catheter fragment making a focused surgical approach possible for retrieval. Moreover, CT of the thorax ensured that there was no further fragment migration. CT should be considered convenient and useful, to facilitate planning of the surgical approach in order to localise a broken intravenous cannula and to ensure no further catheter fragment migration.