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An unusual complication of central line insertion: the left superior vena cava.
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PMID:  22504758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A Vascath dialysis line was inserted under direct ultrasound guidance into the left internal jugular vein for plasmapharesis to treat a 60-year-old woman admitted with a myasthenic crisis secondary to sepsis. A chest X-ray was arranged to check the position of the line and look for any complications, which revealed the presence of a left superior vena cava. Because of the uncertainty of the drainage of this vein a right-sided catheter was then inserted. The repeat chest X-ray (Figure 1) shows both lines, and the two vena cava.
Andrew Thompson; Nic Wennike
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of hospital medicine (London, England : 2005)     Volume:  73     ISSN:  1750-8460     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Hosp Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101257109     Medline TA:  Br J Hosp Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  112-Unknown     Citation Subset:  IM    
Consultant in Acute Medicine.
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