Aortic placement of central line
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Difficult central line placement.
Left subclavian catheter tip projects over the expected location of the aorta. No pneumothorax, lungs clear.
Central lines that project to the left of the spine can be either extra- or intravascular. If intravascular, the line can be either venous (left superior vena cava or hemi-azygos) or arterial (aorta). A blood gas may be helpful to differentiate venous from arterial placement. In this case, the line was felt to be in the aorta and was removed without incident.