Left atrial catheter

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Transposition of the great vessels switch. Uncomplicated surgery.

Patient Data

Age: 6 days
Gender: Male

Multiple lines and tubes following recent cardiac surgery. The neonate is not intubated.

Annotated image

Right internal jugular line and NG tube are positioned appropriately. In addition, there is a mediastinal catheter that loops around the left side of the heart with its tip projected close to the midline. It is difficult to be absolute on a chest radiograph findings alone, but this is a left atrial catheter that has been placed during surgery.

Case Discussion

Uncomplicated post-operative appearances following cardiac surgery with multiple lines and tubes including a left atrial catheter.

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Case information

rID: 23834
Published: 12th Jul 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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