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Malpositioning of central venous catheter from right to left subclavian vein: A rare complication

P Takhar, Bunkar Motilal, Arya Savita

Keywords : Central venous catheter, complication, malpositioning, subclavian vein

Citation Information : Takhar P, Motilal B, Savita A. Malpositioning of central venous catheter from right to left subclavian vein: A rare complication. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (11):799-801.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.218155

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


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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