Yonsei Med J.  2020 Mar;61(3):267-269. 10.3349/ymj.2020.61.3.267.

Fibrin Clot Mistook as a Worm in the Intravenous Line

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea. jy925@paik.ac.kr

Abstract

There have been several reports of foreign bodies being discovered in the intravenous set. In this case, the patient complained that he found a worm in his intravenous line. It was later confirmed as a long, white fibrin deposit by pathologic examination. This happened even though there was a non-return valve in the intravenous line. Also, since there were few red blood cells in the deposit, it did not look like a blood clot. In cases like this, we suggest that physicians keep this possibility in mind to reassure their patients.

Keyword

Fibrin clot; foreign body; intravenous line; non-return valve; patient-controlled analgesia

MeSH Terms

Analgesia, Patient-Controlled
Erythrocytes
Fibrin*
Foreign Bodies
Humans
Fibrin
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