J-wire in the IVC
CT abdomen / pelvis
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Selected coronal reformats of the abdomen demonstrate a J-tipped wire projecting down from the right atrium, into the IVC to end in the right iliac vein.
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This patient was transfered to the ICU from another hospital, and a CT obtained for assessment of abdominal sepsis. The J-shaped tip gave the game away... a right jugular CVC had been placed, and the wire used for the insertion pushed in with the catheter.
This guide wire was successfully retrieved from the groin with a snare, without complication.