Unusual complication of radial artery cannulation
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Currently, radial artery cannulation is the preferred method for continuous hemodynamic monitoring in critically ill patients. Reported complications of radial artery cannulation include infection, digital gangrene, thrombosis, pseudoaneurysm, skin necrosis and median nerve palsy. Radial artery catheter fracture is a very rare complication. A review of the English language literature revealed only one reported case. We present an additional case of spontaneous radial artery catheter fracture.