Misplaced dialysis catheter into the accessory hemiazygos vein

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Abstract:

Central venous placement using ultrasound has significantly reduced the complications associated with blind puncture. The central venous catheter can still get misplaced if it follows an anomalous route after appropriate puncture of desired vessel. We report a case of misplaced dialysis catheter into the accessory hemiazygos vein which resulted in a large hemothorax, and we recommend the routine use of a fluoroscope for placement of dialysis catheters so as to avoid serious complications.

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Ali, M.A., Raikar, K. and Kishore, A. (2015) A case of misplaced permacath dialysis catheter. Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine. 19(8), p.490-2.

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