Migration of the tip of central venous catheters

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#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: “Migration of the tip of central venous catheters is not an uncommon event and the mechanism for this is not clear. Increased intrathoracic pressure due to coughing, sneezing or weight lifting, changing the body position or physical movements such as abduction or adduction of the arms is thought to be the cause of such migration.” Prabaharan and Thomas (2014).

Reference:

Prabaharan, B. and Thomas, S. (2014) Spontaneous migration of central venous catheter tip following extubation. Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia. 8(1), p.131-3.

Abstract:

Migration of the tip of central venous catheters is not an uncommon event and the mechanism for this is not clear. Increased intrathoracic pressure due to coughing, sneezing or weight lifting, changing the body position or physical movements such as abduction or adduction of the arms is thought to be the cause of such migration. We present here a case of a patient with a port catheter tip that migrated from the left subclavian to the superior vene cava following extubation.

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