Objective: To report the successful percutaneous transcatheter removal of a snapped intracardiac fragment of the central vein catheter in an infant. Clinical Presentation and Intervention: A 3-month-old infant with short bowel syndrome who required long-term parenteral nutrition via portacath central catheter was hospitalized. Two months after the insertion of the second catheter, the distal tip of the catheter snapped and became tangled in the heart. The catheter fragment was removed by a percutaneous femoral vein approach using a 10-mm diameter snare-loop catheter (Amplatz (R)). The procedure was performed under fluoroscopy; the fragment was removed after being released into the right ventricle by pulling the proximal tip with a pigtail catheter. No complications were observed and the patient was transported back to the intensive unit in stable condition. Conclusion: Central catheter-related complications may cause difficulties in patients with short bowel syndrome prior to intestinal transplantation. The percutaneous retrieval of the fragmented catheter using a snare-loop catheter is a safe and reliable technique and may be used instead of surgery especially in small infants. Copyright (C) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.