Something you have never seen before -- a rare central line complication in NEJM

A man had a central line inserted by a cardiologist through the left subclavian vein. Six months later, the patient presented with posterior neck pain. A guide wire was protruding from the back of his neck... Continue reading: Complication of Central Venous Catheterization. NEJM, 2007.

Our own images of central line complications simply pale in comparison to this NEJM case.

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References:
Complication of Central Venous Catheterization. NEJM, 2007.
Complications of Central Line Placement - Pneumothorax, Arrhythmia, Hematoma
Improper placement of the central venous catheter - case one and case two from the Annals of Emergency Medicine

1 comment:

  1. ouch, could this have resulted in a blood clot?

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