J-wire in the IVC

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

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"What wire?"

Patient Data

Age: adult
Gender: Male
CT

CT abdomen / pelvis

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. 

Case Discussion

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.

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Case information

rID: 2666
Case created: 7th May 2008
Last edited: 1st Oct 2015
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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