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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143-147

Inadvertent direct pulmonary artery catheterization complicating the effort for subclavian venous cannulation and central venous catheter placement: A case report and review of the literature


1 Intensive Care Unit, General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece
2 Department of Radiology, General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece
3 Department of Orthopaedic, University General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece
4 Department of Cardiology, University General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Panagiotis Papamichalis
Intensive Care Unit, General Hospital of Larissa, Tsakalof 1, 41221 Larissa
Greece
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJCIIS.IJCIIS_94_19

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Subclavian access is commonly used in the intensive care unit (ICU) for central venous catheterization. Many complications have been reported during the placement of central venous catheters including pneumothorax, hemothorax, hematoma, and bleeding. The direct, through the thoracic wall, catheterization of pulmonary artery is a very rare one with only three previous reports in the literature. We report a patient who was catheterized for subclavian venous catheter placement, but the imaging techniques (chest X-ray and computed tomography with reconstruction of the images) revealed the direct positioning of the catheter into the pulmonary trunk, fortunately without other adverse events for the patient. Our case report in accordance with recent review of the literature strongly emphasizes the benefits of performing ultrasound-guided interventions in ICU.


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