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[Scanning electron microscopic examinations of the inner surfaces of central vessel catheters used in neonatology].

Authors
  • Eschenbach, C
  • Stofft, E
  • Ludwig, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde : Organ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kinderheilkunde
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1982
Volume
130
Issue
10
Pages
767–774
Identifiers
PMID: 6757728
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Inner surfaces of PVC central vessel catheters used in the treatment of mature and premature newborns for periods between 6 h and 12 days were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Fibrin in form of plain facets, polypous, lamellar of fibrillar-reticular agglomerations were seen at the surfaces of all examined catheters. Red blood cells and platelets attached to the fibrin or interspersed into the fibrin network were discovered. One catheter was completely occluded and a dense mycelium of candida albicans was found within the network. Fibrin depositions at the surfaces of central vessel catheters can probably be the cause of numerous complications e.g. embolic events and catheter-induced infections.

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