Malpositioning of Central Venous Catheter from Right to Left Subclavian Vein: A Rare Complication

Rajendra P., Takhar; Motilal, Bunkar; Savita, Arya
November 2017
Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine;Nov2017, Vol. 21 Issue 11, p799
Academic Journal
Invasive monitoring with central venous catheter (CVC) is a valuable tool now a day in Intensive Care Units and in postoperative hemodynamically unstable patients. It is often employed for administering medications and parenteral nutrition. In most of the instances, these catheters are inserted using proper topographical landmarks and ultrasonography-guided methods. Central venous cannulation is associated now and then with unexpected complications despite the use of all precautions and help of imaging techniques. There is a wide variety of complications related to the central venous cannulation including malpositioning. Malpositioning of the catheter into contralateral subclavian is an extremely unusual event. Here, we report a rare case of malpositioning of CVC from the right to the left subclavian vein also we outline how the misplacement was identified and effectively managed.


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