Broken catheter in left breast!

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Broken catheter in left breast!

Postby sensuous » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:11 am

I had breast augmentation, the DR used a onq pain pump. When removing he pulled so hard the catheter broke! He says just to leave it in, can it migrate? I have had ultra sounds, MRI, X rays....They can't find it! I have had pain in left breast since, it radiates up to left arm pit and into left arm. Should it be found and taken out?


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Re: Broken catheter in left breast!

Postby John Kenyon, CNA » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:26 pm

Hello -

In many cases a partial catheter can be left where it lies and nothing much happens. However, it won't be absorbed or dissolve, and it can migrate, although if left in muscle or fatty tissue many times it will stay put. However, if it's causing discomfort, it needs to be located and removed. This really shouldn't be that difficult. Apparently this isn't the first time your doctor has had this experience, but if you're having any symptoms which may be related to the remainder of the catheter, you deserved to have the problem corrected.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck to you.
John Kenyon, EMT, CCT
Non-invasive cardiology tech, Emergency and Critical Care technician, Critical Incident Stress Mgmt. specialist

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