Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 397--400

Role of chest X-ray in citing central venous catheter tip: A few case reports with a brief review of the literature


Achuthan Nair Venugopal1, Rachel Cherian Koshy1, Sumod M Koshy2 
1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 Department of Imageology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Achuthan Nair Venugopal
Department of Anaesthesiology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 011, Kerala
India

Central venous catheter (CVC) insertions are increasingly performed in surgical patients and intensive therapy. A simple and invasive procedure performed under strict sterile precautions with complications ranging from arrhythmias; infections; and life-threatening complications such as pericardial tamponade, cardiac perforation and even death. A post-procedure chest X-ray (CXR), though does not accurately assess the tip of the catheter in relation to the superior vena cava (SVC) and right atrium (RA), can detect malpositions, safety of catheter tip, pneumothorax and kinking. We would like to share some of the malpositions we encountered in our centre, their management and a brief review of the literature on optimal catheter tip location.


How to cite this article:
Venugopal AN, Koshy RC, Koshy SM. Role of chest X-ray in citing central venous catheter tip: A few case reports with a brief review of the literature.J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2013;29:397-400


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Venugopal AN, Koshy RC, Koshy SM. Role of chest X-ray in citing central venous catheter tip: A few case reports with a brief review of the literature. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Oct 24 ];29:397-400
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