Technical Note

CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 234-236

Repositioning misplaced central venous catheters

  • C. Humberto CarrascoAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston
  • , William R. RichliAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston
  • , Chusilp CharnsangavejAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston
  • , Sidney WallaceAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston

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Abstract

Central venous catheters inserted through the subclavian or basilic veins may be misplaced in the internal jugular vein. A simple technique employing a deflector guide wire allows catheter reposition in a very short time without the need for catheter withdrawal. In this manner, radiation exposure, the risk of catheter contamination, and patient discomfort are lessened.

Key words

Central venous catheter Catheters Catheterization