Intravenous literature: Ananthakrishnan, G., White, R.D., Bhat, R. and Chakraverty, S. (2012) Inadvertent subclavian artery cannulation: endovascular repair using a collagen closure device-report of two cases and review of the literature. Case Reports in Vasculare Medicine. Epub 2012 Apr 4.
Inadvertent line insertion into the subclavian artery is an uncommon complication of subclavian venous catheterisation, and its timely recognition is vital to minimise risk of harm to the patient. We describe the radiographic, computed tomographic (CT), and angiographic findings in two patients and illustrate the subsequent endovascular management using collagen vascular closure devices.