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Anesthesia

IV question

10/09/2008

Question:

I had a emergency c-section on 12-29-98. They put me under for it so I did have an IV on the top of my hand/wrist. They did have a plastic piece with it. After that surgury there was a lump. I thought that something was left in there. Since then (9 years past) 2 c-sections later, the lump has moved up my arm. It`s between my elbow and shoulder. The lump is a nickle/dime in size, hurts when you touch it, and has some discoloration. Has something like this happened to people before? How can a doctor remove it?

Answer:

It's rather unlikely that anything was left behind from your intravenous cannula, and is still present 9 years later, but you should have this checked out by your doctor.

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University