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June 1973

Venobronchial FistulaA Rare Complication of Central Venous Catheterization for Parenteral Hyperalimentation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(6):871-872. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350180103030

Venobronchial fistula, a rare complication of long-term parenteral hyperalimentation is described. The complication was successfully treated by partial withdrawal of the silicone elastomer catheter into a fresh central venous channel. Slowly progressive thrombosis and necrosis along the course of the silicone elastomer catheter is suggested as the cause of the fistula.