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Left paramediastinal catheter position (differential)

When a central venous catheter that is supposed to terminate in the superior vena cava or right atrium is abnormally located to the left of the mediastinum and below the level of the brachiocephalic vein, a limited differential of left paramediastinal catheter position should be considered 1:

Malpositions such as these occur most commonly with catheters inserted via left internal jugular vein approach 2,3.


Article information

rID: 8964
System: Chest, Vascular
Tag: cases, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Left paramediastinal catheter position on CXR
  • Differential of left paramediastinal catheter position

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Cases and figures

  •  Case 1: left sided SVC
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